15 MAR 2003 Report Birmingham, Great Britain

Women 60m hurdles semifinals - IAAF World Indoor Championships, Birmingham 2003

Gail Devers, after her American record win at the 2003 Millrose Games trophy (Kirby Lee)Gail Devers, after her American record win at the 2003 Millrose Games trophy (Kirby Lee) © Copyright

After Commonwealth champion Lacena GoldingClarke was charged with a false start in the opening semifinal, the Jamaican sped away quickly, along with two-time European indoor champion Patricia Girard of France.  The pair controlled the race over the first two hurdles, until European under-23 champion Susanna Kallur of Sweden began to accelerate.

Kallur took the lead over the fourth hurdle and held it into the finish for a 7.98 victory, as Girard (8.00) and Golding-Clarke (8.01) followed closely.

The final qualifying spot from the first heat went to Melissa Morrison of the US in 8.05.

Gail Devers converted her usual good start into a brilliant 7.80 clocking, a new Championships record, to win the second semifinal, one which had nine entrants due to the reinstatement of a previously disqualified entrant.

Coming up on the US champion near the finish was Spain’s Glory Alozie, who placed second with a national record of 7.83.

France’s Linda Ferga-Khodadin (7.97) and Brigitte Foster (7.98) took the last two spots in the final, to be contested on Sunday.