18 JUL 2014 Preview Eugene, USA

Women’s 400m hurdles preview – IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014

Shamier Little of United States reacts dejected after falling on the Women's 400 metres Hurdles Final on the day five of the 14th IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona on 14 July 2012 (Getty Images)Shamier Little of United States reacts dejected after falling on the Women's 400 metres Hurdles Final on the day five of the 14th IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona on 14 July 2012 (Getty Images) © Copyright

USA's Shamier Little, a first-year student at Texas A&M University, dominates the 2014 junior list with seven of the eight best performances this year.

Her three best all came on the same Hayward Field track which will host the IAAF World Juniors Championships, in the rounds and final of the NCAA Championships, then in the USA Junior Championships in a year-leading 55.07.

"At the Worlds, Im looking to atone for 2012, when I fell at the final hurdle and didn't finish in the final," said Little recently.

Following Little, Great Britain's Shona Richards has marks 9-12 on the 2014 list starting at 56.79; Little’s team-mate Jade Miller then joins the list at 57.22. Those three hold 17 of the 20 fastest marks of the year.

Parker Morse for the IAAF

Women's 400 Metres Hurdles Event timing

Previous Champion

Competitor Nat Date
Janieve Russell JAM JAM 14 JUL 2012
Competitor Mark Nat Venue Date
Lashinda Demus 54.70 USA USA Kingston, JAM 19 JUL 2002

2014 Best

Pos Competitor Nat Mark
1 Shamier Little USA USA 55.07
2 Sydney McLaughlin USA USA 55.63
3 Shona Richards GBR GBR 56.16
4 Jade Miller USA USA 56.22
5 Zurian Hechavarría CUB CUB 56.54