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Joanna Hayes Wins Gold Medal in 100m Hurdles in Athens
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  08/24/2004

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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