Joanna Hayes Wins Gold Medal in 100m Hurdles in Athens

Aug. 24, 2004

Bruin Alumnus Joanna Hayes (1999) captured her first Olympic title on Tuesday after winning the 100m hurdles in a new Olympic Record time of 12.37. The reigning world champion, Perdita Felicien of Canada, failed to finish the race after a collision with Russia's Irina Shevchenko.

"I have been waiting so long for this," said Hayes. " The most important thing out there is to stay fast and clean. Well, it wasn't clean in the end, but I was able to keep my focus until the end."

Hayes won her first two heats of the hurdles, and ran a personal best of 12.48 in the semifinal round (12.71 in the quarterfinals). She knocked another tenth of a second off her lifetime-best in the finals, running an Olympic Record of 12.37 (old record, 12.39).

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