Walker wins 400m hurdles title at World Championships
Aug. 20, 2009
BERLIN -- Former Longhorn Melaine Walker earned her second 400m hurdles world title in as many years as she blazed across the finish line in a championships-record time of 52.42 for first place at the 12th IAAF World Track & Field Championships.
Walker, competing for Jamaica, finished almost a half second ahead of America's Lashinda Demus (52.96). The 2008 Olympic gold medalist in the event became the first Texas Alum to win the 400m hurdles at the world championships.
Coupled with Sanya Richards' 400m title, two Former Longhorns have won gold at this year's outdoor World Championships.
Also competing on Thursday was Texas Ex Marshevet Hooker in the 200m semifinals. Hooker, who posted the fastest 200m time in the qualifying heats (22.51), appeared to have cramped up on the turn and was unable to finish the race.