2009 World Championships in Athletics – Women's 100 metres hurdles
The world leader Lolo Jones had not qualified for the championships, but a number of athletes had also posted fast times and scored major victories on the World Athletics Tour that season. Among the possible medallists were Americans Damu Cherry, Ginnie Powell. reigning Olympic champion Dawn Harper, and two-time world champion Michelle Perry. Canadians Priscilla Lopes-Schliep and 2003 champion Perdita Felicien were contenders for the title, and the new Oceanian record holder Sally McLellan had shown consistent form. Rounding out the favourites of the field, Jamaican athletes Brigitte Foster-Hylton and Delloreen Ennis-London were seeking to build on past championship successes.
Michelle Perry's chance to gain a third gold ended in the heats, as she was hampered by an injury and finished seventh. Lopes-Schliep registered the fastest time of the first day, with 12.56 seconds. Harper was the fastest in the semi-finals with 12.48 seconds, a new personal best. Compatriot Cherry was the biggest name to be eliminated, unable to beat Irish athlete Derval O'Rourke to the fastest non-qualifying time.
In the final, Harper had a slow start and clipped the second hurdle, effectively ruling her out of the medals. Foster-Hylton, Lopes-Schliep, O'Rourke, McLellan and Ennis-London were all equal at the halfway mark. Foster-Hylton pulled away to take the gold, with Lopes-Schliep holding off Ennis London to win the silver medal. Just behind the medallists were two athletes with unexpected performances: the unfavoured O'Rourke finished fourth with an Irish record while McLellan, one of the pre-race favourites, posted a modest time for fifth place.
|Gold|| Brigitte Foster-Hylton|
|Silver|| Priscilla Lopes-Schliep|
|Bronze|| Delloreen Ennis-London|
|World record||Yordanka Donkova (BUL)||12.21||Stara Zagora, Bulgaria||20 August 1988|
|Championship record||Ginka Zagorcheva (BUL)||12.34||Rome, Italy||4 September 1987|
|World leading||Lolo Jones (USA)||12.47||Rethymno, Greece||20 July 2009|
|African record||Glory Alozie (NGR)||12.44||Monaco||8 August 1998|
|Asian record||Olga Shishigina (KAZ)||12.44||Lucerne, Switzerland||27 June 1995|
|North American record||Gail Devers (USA)||12.33||Sacramento, United States||23 July 2000|
|South American record||Maurren Maggi (BRA)||12.71||Manaus, Brazil||19 May 2001|
|European record||Yordanka Donkova (BUL)||12.21||Stara Zagora, Bulgaria||20 August 1988|
|Oceanian record||Sally McLellan (AUS)||12.50||Monaco||28 July 2009|
|A time||B time|
|August 18, 2009||18:10||Heats|
|August 19, 2009||18:45||Semifinals|
|August 19, 2009||21:15||Final|
Qualification: First 4 in each heat (Q) and the next 4 fastest (q) advance to the semifinals.
Key: Q = qualification by place in heat, q = qualification by overall place, SB = Seasonal best
Qualification: First 2 in each semifinals (Q) and the next 2 fastest (q) advance to the final.
Key: NR = National record, PB = Personal best, Q = qualification by place in heat, q = qualification by overall place, SB = Seasonal best
|Brigitte Foster-Hylton||Jamaica (JAM)||12.51||SB|
|Priscilla Lopes-Schliep||Canada (CAN)||12.54|
|Delloreen Ennis-London||Jamaica (JAM)||12.55||SB|
|4||Derval O'Rourke||Ireland (IRL)||12.67||NR|
|5||Sally McLellan||Australia (AUS)||12.70|
|6||Ginnie Powell||United States (USA)||12.78|
|7||Dawn Harper||United States (USA)||12.81|
|8||Perdita Felicien||Canada (CAN)||15.53|
Key: NR = National record, SB = Seasonal best
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