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Lashinda Demus wins silver in 400-meter hurdles

August 08, 2012|By Helene Elliott
  • Lashinda Demus of Palmdale, left, finished second to Natalya Antyukh of Russia in the 400-meter hurdles Wednesday.
Lashinda Demus of Palmdale, left, finished second to Natalya Antyukh of… (Mark Duncan / Associated…)

LONDON — Lashinda Demus of Palmdale won a silver medal in the women’s 400-meter hurdles Wednesday night, losing out to a personal-best performance by Russian Natalya Antyukh.

Antyukh took the lead around the final curve and held off Demus, who was about a half-stride behind.

Antyukh, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist, crossed the line in 52.70 seconds. Demus, the current world champion, was timed in a season-best 52.77 seconds. Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic was third in 53.38 seconds, a season-best for her.

Georganne Moline of Phoenix finished fifth with a personal-best time of 53.92 seconds, and T'Erea Brown of Miami was sixth in 55.07.

Demus was ninth at the 2004 Athens Games but missed the 2008 Olympics because she hadn't regained her fitness after giving birth to twins in 2007. Her road to these Games took a slight detour when she suffered a leg injury this spring, but she fought back to win silver.

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