Women’s 100 metres hurdles
The surprise of the year has been American Jenny ADAMS who, since finishing second in the U.S. national championships behind Gail DEVERS, has chalked up IAAF Grand Prix victories in Paris, Zagreb, Lausanne, Nice and Stockholm not to mention a superb personal best of 12.68. Versatile, ADAMS also won this year's NCAA indoor and US Championships outdoor long jump titles.
In head to head encounters she has come out on top against all the major contenders, including 2000 Olympic silver medalist Glory ALOZIE of Nigeria and the world’s fastest hurdler Jamaica’s Delloreen ENNIS-LONDON (12.57), neither of whom will be competing in Edmonton. ALOZIE has recently gained Spanish citizenship, but too late to compete here, and ENNIS-LONDON is injured.
Olga SHISHIGINA of Kazakhstan the Olympic champion was conspicuously absent from the major European meetings though she has run 12.67 the second fastest time in the world at the start of the summer. Then she re-appeared at the Herculis Monaco Golden League meeting to win in 12.70 seconds from Anjanette KIRKLAND who finished third in the U.S. championships behind ADAMS (2nd) and defending world champion Gail DEVERS.
Apart from the two years she sat out with a drug suspension SHISHIGINA has been a dominant hurdler and will test ADAMS’s ability to handle championship pressure. A year ago she also ran her personal best 100m time recording 11.13 seconds. At the age of 32 she is certainly not slowing down.
If ADAMS maintains her incredible form through four rounds of competition she and SHISHIGINA will provide an exciting exhibition in hurdling to Edmonton 2001 spectators.