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Kaliese Spencer dashes medal hopes

Published:Wednesday | August 26, 2015 | 7:51 AM
The 28-year-old clocked a time 55.47 with her compatriot Janieve Russell placing a creditable fifth with a new personal best time of 54.64.

Kaliese Spencer for the sixth occasion failed to make it onto the medal podium at a major championship after finishing at the back of the field in the women’s 400m hurdles.

The 28-year-old clocked a time 55.47 with her compatriot Janieve Russell placing a creditable fifth with a new personal best time of 54.64.

The race was won by Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic in a new world leading time of 53.50 to become the first woman to win back to back 400m titles at the World Championships.

Shamir Little of the USA (53.94) took the silver with her teammate Cassandra Tate (54.02) taking the bronze.

"I'm not really too upset now, maybe when I look back at the tape," she said.

"I missed a step to a hurdle and it threw off my momentum and I just couldn't pull it back."

Spencer was expected to bring Jamaica’s medal tally to four.

But it seems Spencer suffered the effects of an injury which hampered her preparations for the championships.

This was only the 10th time in 27 races that Hejnova was beating Spencer.

Meanwhile Russell was satisfied with her performance.

"I came here with the intention to make it through the rounds and into the final and I managed that so I'm happy," she said.