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#RioGoldRush: Kaliese Spencer in for 400m hurdles, Janieve Russell out

Published:Monday | August 8, 2016 | 8:14 AM
Kaliese Spencer will represent Jamaica in the women's 400m hurdles at the Rio Olympic Games.

Andre Lowe, Special Projects Editor - Sports

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil:
Kaliese Spencer will represent Jamaica in the women's 400m hurdles at the Rio Olympic Games after Janieve Russell apparently failed to show enough improvements after her recent injury.

Russell was given a medical exemption from competing at Jamaica's Olympic trials after hurting herself a few days earlier. The JAAA had, however, stipulated that the number one ranked Jamaican in the event this year would need to prove her fitness before today's deadline.

Russell was seen as a strong medal contender for Jamaica in the event with her personal best time of 53.96 being the fourth best time over the distance this year.

Spencer has not had the best of seasons, coming into the Games with a best of 55.05, but finished third at the trials.

She will line-up alongside Ristannana Tracey and Leah Nugent in the event.

Also, Elaine Thompson has been entered in the 100m, 200m and 4x100 relay and is expected to replace Kali Davis-White in the 200m event.