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Red hot Spencer in the form of her life

Published:Friday | June 12, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Kaliese Spence

OSLO, Norway:

It will take a very special athlete to deny 400-metre hurdler Kaliese Spencer the gold medal at the World Championships in August.

In-form Spencer continued to sparkle at the Diamond League invitational series when she took the one-lap hurdles event yesterday at the 50th edition of the famous ExxonMobil Bislett Games in Norway in a world-leading 54.15 seconds.

With previous success in the IAAF Diamond League series in Shanghai and Birmingham, the Jamaican is right on track for the World Championships in Beijing.

Spencer was in a confident mood after her win at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium last Sunday, and she cemented her position as the world's leading one-lap hurdler, while leaving American Georganne Moline (54.29) and Zuzana Hejnova (55.14) to take the minor places.

If, in Spencer's own words, she stays healthy for the World Championships, she will be odds-on for gold.

This win keeps her at the head of the 400m hurdles Diamond League table, with four races remaining.

Spencer told The Gleaner: "I'm very happy and give God all the glory. I just came out with everything I had and I was victorious.

"I didn't think the world-leading time was within me right now. It was a bit windy and cold, it was not perfect conditions."

With the National Trials on the horizon, the hurdler revealed that she would run just the 400m flat, having already qualified for the 400m hurdles courtesy of her Diamond League victories.

But she admits that there is still work to be done in order to fulfil her Beijing dream.

She said: "My coach knows what to improve in the next weeks of training.

"At the Jamaican championships, I will run the 400m flat as I do not need to qualify (for the 400m hurdles) as a wild-card holder."

The win in Oslo was Spencer's 21st Diamond League victory, but it is clear that she craves, understandably, world gold.

Her next Diamond League sojourn will be in Paris on July 6.

- R.H.