Rushell Clayton pulls off stunning 400m hurdles upset in Kingston

By June 21, 2019
Clayton celebrating her win with members of her management team Dalton Myers and Juliet Campbell of JAD Professional Management Clayton celebrating her win with members of her management team Dalton Myers and Juliet Campbell of JAD Professional Management

She came to finish in the top-three but Rushell Clayton ended up winning the 400m hurdles final on Friday night upsetting favourite Janieve Russell, the 2018 Commonwealth Games champion, who finished out of the medals in fourth.

Shian Salmon, the 2018 World Under 20 silver medallist, was second in 55.39 while Rhonda Whyte, the 2017 champion was third in 55.41.

Clayton, who ran a personal best of 54.75, was beside herself with joy.

“It means everything. When I say everything I mean everything, I have been working so hard for this and it’s finally here,” she said, hinting that there are bigger things to come.

“It’s just to move onwards from this.”

Clayton, whose previous best was 55.08 set a year ago, said she felt the personal best coming.

“Knowing who I am competing with the time will come so my aim was just to finish in the top three and I finished first and I got 54 and that’s awesome,” she said.

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