By Clayton Clarke, TIME
Rheims – Josanne Lucas broke the Trinidad and Tobago 400m Hurdles record in Alma Athlé Tour in Reims, France on Tuesday (14 July). Lucas clocked 54.17 seconds to beat the previous mark of 55.24 seconds, which she set in Brazil in May of this year.
The former Auburn all-American set the new standard in recording her first victory on the European circuit for 2009. Reports from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) website rates her record run as “the top female performance of the meet”.
In second place was Osaka-fourth place finisher Jamaican Nekeisha Wilson (55.46 sec)
The 25 year old Alabama-based athlete now has the second best time in the world this year, behind the world leader Lashinda Demus of the United States of America who leads with 53.78 seconds.. According the IAAF website, “Lucas is now in a challenging position for Berlin” for the 12th IAAF World athletic championships carded for August 15-23.
Lucas’s win tops off a solid European season for Tobago Falcons athlete. She was fifth in Lusanne, Switzerland in 55.36 seconds on July 7th and last Friday in Rome, Italy, she finished seventh in 55.54 seconds.