Big Lap Hurdles Clash On Tap
The women's 400-meter hurdle lineup for the 2013 Cayman Invitational holds promise for a possible epic battle.
Four returnees from last year's inaugural will be back to determine whether Ajoke Odumosu, who edged Tiffany Williams, 55.09 to 55.14,can repeat her triumph.
Odomuso, from Nigeria, competed for the University of South Alabama. She competed at the Beijing Olympics in 2008,and at London in 2012,where she lowered her personal best to 54.40 for a national record in the semifinals. Her victories include gold performances at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, at the All Africa Games in 2011,and at the African championships in 2008 as a member of the Nigerian 4x400 meter relay squad.
Tiffany Williams grew up in Miami and took part in the Northwest Express Classic on several occasions. At the University of South Carolina she was a 15-time All-American and won the SEC title three years in a row. She was the leading 400 meter hurdler in the United States in 2007 and 2008.Her personal best of 53.28 was set in 2007 and she competed in the Beijing Olympics in 2008.She took maternity leave in 2010 and did not have a great season upon her return in 2011.A fourth-place finish at the U.S.Olympic Trials denied her a trip to London last year.
Shevon Stoddart of Jamaica clocked 57.01 to gain fourth place at the 2012 Cayman Invitational. She and Tiffany Williams rank high on the list of the many 400-meter hurdlers who enjoyed outstanding collegiate results for the South Carolina Gamecocks. Shevon is a two-time Olympian, having competed in Athens and Beijing, and claims a personal best of 54.47.She was a participant at the 2005 World Championships and the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
Ristananna Tracey is one of the newest members of the large group of world-class 400-meter hurdlers who have represented Jamaica internationally. Her 57.83 at last year's Cayman Invitational earned her sixth place.
Kou Lougon of Liberia competed on the collegiate level for the University of Minnesota before transferring to the University of Alabama. On the international scene she has participated in the World Outdoor Championships in 2005 and 2009,the World Indoor Championships in 2010, the African Championships in 2006 and the All Africa Games in 2011.
Sarah-Lynn Wells of Canada won the 400-meter hurdles at the National Championships last year and followed that performance with efforts that enabled her to advance as far as the semifinals of the London Olympics, where she posted a time of 56.47.