Devers Sets American Hurdles Record
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Gail Devers has some unfinished Olympic business.
She owns two gold medals, but neither are in the event that is her best. She won the 100 meters in Barcelona and Atlanta.
Her victory in the 100-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials Sunday, in an American record 12.33 seconds, made her the fourth-fastest ever in the event.
``To be honest, coming in, I knew the 100 hurdles was my last chance to be on the team,″ Devers said. ``My goal was to break the American record on American soil. Every time I’ve broken it, I’ve been in Europe somewhere.″
Her time was four-hundredths of a second faster than the American record she set last year at the world championships in Seville, Spain.
``The fans here were great,″ she said of the capacity crowd of 24,000. ``They helped me get my head in the hurdles.″
Devers overcame a rare thyroid disease for a fabulous career. She’s won the 100 hurdles three times at the world championships. In 1992 in Barcelona, she was leading in the hurdle finals but fell over the last hurdle and finished fifth. Devers was fourth in the 100 hurdles four years ago at the Atlanta Games.
She said she got off to a good start in Sunday’s finals.
``I have no clue about the middle,″ she said, ``and at the end I hit a hurdle, but I wasn’t going down. I’m very pleased with the time _ 33 years old and running 12.33.