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#RioGoldRush: Jamaican trio miss out on medals in women's 400m hurdles

Published:Thursday | August 18, 2016 | 8:53 PM
Janieve Russell and Ristananna Tracey

All three Jamaicans finished out of medal contention in the final of the women’s 400m hurdles at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Ristananna Tracey had the best finish, stopping the clock in 54.15 seconds for fifth place.

Her compatriots, Leah Nugent – 54.45 – and Janieve Russell – 54.56 were sixth and seventh respectively.

American Dalilah Muhammad won the gold with in a time of 53.15.

Denmark’s Sara Pederson won the silver in a national record of 53.55 seconds while American Ashley Spencer won the bronze in a time of 53.72 seconds.

After the race, Russell acknowledged that she made a number of mistakes.

"I started to shuffle (my feet), I wanted to pick up again, but, as I always do, I failed to use the other leg, because you know you have to alternate in the 400 hurdles. I lost concentration and didn’t get the left leg up and everything just went wrong from there,” she said.

Meanwhile Nugent said she was out of luck. “I tried my best, but it was not to be today.”

- Livern Barrett

PROFILE - Ristananna Tracey
Age: 24 years old
High School: Edwin Allen High School
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Event: Women’s 400m hurdles
Personal Best: 54.15s

PROFILE - Leah Nugent
Age: 
23
Tertiary Education: University of Kentucky
Event: Women’s 400m hurdles

PROFILE - Janieve Russell
Age:
22 years old
High School: Holmwood Technical High School
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Event: Women’s 400m hurdles
Personal Best: 53.96s