In an appropriate end to her first season as a hurdles specialist, World champion Michelle Perry claimed a narrow 12.54 win in the 100 metre Hurdles.
Just three one-hundredths of a second separated the top-three, with Brigitte Foster-Hylton and Delloreen Ennis-London, respectively the bronze and silver medallists from Helsinki, finishing second and third, with 12.55 and 12.57 performances, both season’s best for the Jamaican veterans.
“It’s been a long season and it’s hard to get up for an event so late in the year,” said Perry after claiming her 10th win of the year in 15 competitions. “But I got up this morning and told myself that I have to get the job done, and I did.”
Foster-Hylton jumped to the early lead, and was clearly ahead by the second hurdle. But Perry overcame the deficit by the ninth hurdle and hung on for the narrow win.
Further back, Swede Susanna Kallur was fourth (12.74) while Olympic and defending champion Joanna Hayes was even further adrift, finishing sixth in 12.74.