Spotlight Athlete: Brianna ROLLINS (USA) – 100m Hurdles Women’s World Champion

Spotlight Athlete: Brianna ROLLINS (USA) – 100m Hurdles Women’s World Champion

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MOSCOW — Brianna Rollins capped off a perfect championship season in the women’s 100m hurdles as Team USA again stormed to a four-medal performance Saturday night at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships at Luzhniki Stadium.

Heading into the final day of competition, Team USA has 20 medals – six gold, 11 silver and three bronze. They lead the point standings 236-156 over Russia.

In the 100m hurdles, Rollins (Miami, Fla.) overcame a slow start out of lane 6 to come from behind on Olympic gold medalist Sally Pearson of Australia in lane 5. The NCAA and USA champion, Rollins overtook Pearson over the eighth and ninth hurdles, keeping her cool as she cruised to a well-executed victory in 12.44, adding the World title to her belt. Pearson clocked season-best 12.50. Tiffany Porter of Great Britain was third in a personal-best 12.55, with Olympic silver medalist Dawn Harper (Los Angeles, Calif.) fourth in 12.59 and Queen Harrison (Richmond, Va.) fifth in 12.73. American Nia Ali (Philadelphia, Pa.) had run 12.83 to finish third in the first semifinal earlier in the evening and did not advance to the final.

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Denise J. Saul is the Founder/President of WSEN-Women's Sports & Entertainment Network.

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