USATF News & Notes, Volume 9, Number 40
PA’s Demus posts personal best in Monaco
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
2009 U.S. women’s 400 hurdles champion and 2005 World Outdoor Championships silver medalist Lashinda Demus posted the fourth-fastest time ever in her specialty Tuesday at the Herculis IAAF Super Grand Prix in Monaco.Demus, who ran the previous fastest time in the world this season with her July 25 win in London in 53.65 seconds, blistered the track today in 52.63 seconds, the fastest time in the world since Russia’s Yuliya Pechenkina set the world record of 52.34 in 2003. Demus currently owns the four-fastest times in the world this year.
Demus is now third on the all-time U.S. list, trailing only Kim Batten (52.61) and Tonja Buford-Bailey (52.62) from their respective gold and silver medal winning performances at the 1995 World Outdoor Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden.
PA’s Vessey wins, betters World Champs “A” standard
Former Cal Poly SLO standout Maggie Vessey had the performance of her life in winning the women’s 800 meters convincingly in the fastest time in the world this year of 1 minute 57.84 seconds. Her performance is a new personal best by more than two seconds, and it placed her on the Team USA roster for the 2009 World Outdoor Championships in Berlin by easily bettering the ‘A’ qualifying standard of 2:00.00. Vessey’s time is the fastest by an American since Jearl Miles-Clark topped the U.S. list in 2004 with her clocking of 1:57.27. 2009 European Indoor champion Mariya Savinova of Russia was the runner-up in 1:58.39.
Additional notes courtesy of Fred Baer / Vessey has second fastest American time of the century: