Out­sider Carter de­fies lane logic

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

LON­DON — Amer­i­can Kori Carter pulled off an­other of the nu­mer­ous shocks at the world cham­pi­onships on Thurs­day, achiev­ing the rare feat of win­ning the 400 me­ters hur­dles ti­tle from the out­side lane.

All eyes had been on Carter’s US team­mate, Olympic cham­pion Dalilah Muham­mad, who had been the strong fa­vorite, but it was the for­mer Amer­i­can cham­pion in lane nine who main­tained her form best to race to vic­tory in 53.07 sec­onds.

Muham­mad, the fastest woman in the world this year, earned sil­ver in 53.50 to com­plete an Amer­i­can one-two while Ja­maican Ris­tananna Tracey, an Olympic fi­nal­ist last year, took bronze in a life­timebest 53.74.

Czech Zuzana He­jnova, who had been seek­ing to win an un­prece­dented third successive world ti­tle in the race, had to set­tle for fourth, be­ing over­hauled by Tracey on the run-in de­spite clock­ing a sea­son’s best of 54.20.

“I am on top of the world right now. What a bless­ing to be world cham­pion. This is just an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing like I’ve never ex­pe­ri­enced,” the 25-year-old Carter said.

“When you work so hard and sac­ri­fice so much for some­thing, for it to pay off in the end is so satisfying. It’s a sur­real ex­pe­ri­ence right now.

“It’s al­ways great to run against great ath­letes be­cause it brings the best out in you, go­ing up against Team USA at tri­als re­ally pre­pared me for this.”

Few, though, could have ex­pected the Los An­ge­les­based Carter, who had won the US ti­tle three years ago, to pre­vail from the out­side lane where the race be­comes a test of blind faith.

Wayde van Niek­erk fa­mously achieved his Olympic 400m triumph last year from that po­si­tion, breaking the world record in the process, but that was a wholly un­prece­dented feat.

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