Women's 400 Meter Hurdles
'99 USATF Champ Glover
Leads Vets Batten and Buford-Bailey To Sydney
Sandra Glover led veterans Kim Batten and Tonja Buford-Bailey (the fastest
and second-fastest all-time in the event) on to the Olympic team. Glover
ran 53.33 to become the No. 4 all-time American. Glover in lane 7 and
Batten in lane 4 grabbed the race by the throat on the backstretch,
and by the time they reached the middle of the turn the pair were joined
near the front by '99 World Champs team member Michelle Johnson in lane
Houston alum Glover, the
'99 USATF champion, churned smoothly over the homestretch hurdles to
run clear of the field. Batten stutter-stepped significantly between
barriers 7 and 8 but maintained enough momentum to safely hold 2nd in
Johnson disastrously lost
momentum with a poor transition off the last hurdle. Sweeping by for
the third Olympic team spot was Buford-Bailey in 54.80 and Joanna Hayes
The race marked notable returns for 1996 Olympians Batten and Buford-Bailey.
The latter had been slow to return to top form after having a baby in
'98 and failed to advance beyond the semis at the '99 USATF Champs.
Atlanta silver medalist Batten,
the World Record holder, reached last year's nationals final but didn't
finish that race due to a foot injury that required surgery and ended
Batten's clocking here was
her fastest since May of last year, whereas Buford-Bailey's was her
best since '97.
1. Sandra Glover (Nik) 53.33
(AL) (4, x A); 2. Kim Batten (unat) 54.70; 3. Tonja Buford-Bailey (Nik)
54.80; 4. Joanna Hayes (unat) 54.97; 5. Michelle Johnson (unat) 55.63;
6. Yvonne Harrison (Fila) 55.67; 7. Nikki Bouyer (Az) 56.52; 8. Trevaia
Williams-Davis (unat) 57.02.
After Joanna Hayes called the field up initially due to a block problem,
the field resettled in the blocks and got away cleanly.
WR holder Kim Batten, competing
in her first meet of the year after surgery for a foot injury last summer,
charged the backstretch aggressively. Batten in lane 6 found Trevaia
Davis just to her outside in 7 nearly even as they entered the second
Through the turn '99 USATF
champion Sandra Glover took control. The Houston alum built a solid
lead by the time she entered the homestretch and appeared strong as
she ran to a U.S.-leading finishing time of 53.87.
Batten held her form well
enough to retain 2nd down the stretch, as Hayes used a strong run on
the straight to pick up 3rd.
Ohio State's Dominique Calloway in lane 3 jumped out to a brief early
lead, with Yvonne Harrison (7) and Nikki Bouyer (6) also out well on
Harrison moved to the front
in the second turn as Calloway faded. Bouyer stayed close, but '96 Olympian
Tonja Buford-Bailey, the second-fastest hurdler in history, found strength
in the homestretch to stride ahead en route to a 55.30 win (lane 5).
Charging notably in the
late stretch was Michelle Johnson, who moved into 2nd (55.46).
Harrison in 3rd (55.59)
retained her edge over Bouyer (56.01), the final qualifier for the final.
Semis: I-1. Sandra Glover
(Nik) 53.87 (AL); 2. Kim Batten (unat) 55.07; 3. Joanna Hayes (unat)
55.32; 4. Trevaia Williams Davis (unat) 55.56; 5. Ryan Tolbert (unat)
55.57; 6. Melinda Sallins (Miz) 57.34; 7. LaTanya Sheffield (Shef) 57.40;
8. Frances Santin (CSN) 58.58.
II-1. Tonja Buford-Bailey
(Nik) 55.30; 2. Michelle Johnson (unat) 55.46; 3. Yvonne Harrison (Fila)
55.59; 4. Nikki Bouyer (Az) 56.01; 5. Natasha Reynolds (unat) 56.51;
6. Brenda Taylor (Harv) 57.85; 7. Tanisha Mills (unat) 58.01; 8. Dominque
Calloway (OhSt) 58.53.
I-1. Joanna Hayes (unat)
55.50; 2. Nikki Bouyer (Az) 56.18; 3. Natasha Reynolds (unat) 56.39;
4. Brenda Taylor (Harv) 56.64; 5. Frances Santin (CSN) 56.67; 6. Julie
Bennion-Murdock (unat) 57.10.
II-1. Yvonne Harrison (Fila)
56.05; 2. Dominque Calloway (OhSt) 56.83; 3. Tanisha Mills (unat) 56.86;
4. Sandra Farmer-Patrick (Nik) 57.84; 5. Nicole Thomas (Az) 59.66.
III-1. Michelle Johnson (unat)
55.31; 2. Kim Batten (unat) 56.17; 3. Melinda Sallins (Miz) 56.36; 4.
Randi Smith (WaSt) 58.54; 5. Holly Gibbons (BYU) 59.66.
IV-1. Sandra Glover (Nik)
55.40; 2. LaTanya Sheffield (Shef) 56.83; 3. Sheena Johnson (CaHS) 57.35;
4. Michelle Perry (UCLA) 57.71; 5. Eusheka Bartley (unat) 59.15.
V-1. Tonja Buford-Bailey
(Nik) 55.64; 2. Trevaia Williams-Davis (unat) 55.84; 3. Ryan Tolbert
(unat) 56.83; 4. Le'gretta Smith (InI) 57.76; 5. Natalie Gibson (Cheet)