15 MAR 2003 General News

Women 60 metre Hurdles heats

Less than 24 hours after her arrival in Birmingham, US champion Gail Devers was the class of the opening round with a relaxed 7.92 clocking, as the top three in each heat automatically advanced to the semifinal later today. 

Challenging the three-time outdoor World Champion in her heat was World Cup runner-up Brigitte Foster of Jamaica (7.99).

Susanna Kallur also ran a superb race, winning her heat easily in 7.93 after a superb start.  Finishing second was  two-time European indoor champion Linda Ferga-Khodadin of France (8.09).

Ferga’s teammate, Patricia Girard, the Atlanta bronze medallist, was a heat winner in 8.02, bettering the 8.08 of Commonwealth Games champion Lacena Golding-Clarke of Jamaica.

Sydney bronze medallist Melissa Morrison of the US prevailed on a photo finish ahead of European champion Glory Alozie of Spain, as each was timed in 8.13, the day’s slowest heat.