World Athletics Championships: Nia Ali crashes out of 100m hurdles in heats

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Defending champion Nia Ali crashed out of 100m hurdles heats on the World Championships in Eugene.

The 33-year-old American was main the race till she hit her knee on the penultimate barrier.

She struggled to regain stability and fell on the last hurdle as Jamaican coaching companion Britany Anderson gained the warmth in a time of 12.59 seconds.

“I simply let my approach get away from me and it price me all the pieces,” mentioned Ali.

A silver medallist at Tokyo 2020, Ali added it was the primary time a fall like that had occurred to her.

She clocked 12.34 to beat pre-race favorite Danielle Williams to the gold medal on the 2019 World Championships.

Ali’s compatriot Alaysha Johnson, who was a medal contender having recorded the second-fastest time of 2022, was additionally eradicated as she misplaced her stride sample main as much as the opening barrier and pulled out of the race earlier than the third hurdle.

“I don’t know what occurred,” mentioned Johnson. “I’ve no phrases.”

There was a further seventh warmth with just one runner as Belgium’s Anne Zagre was allowed a solo try to set a time ok to make the ultimate after she was judged to have been impeded by Ali’s fall. Nevertheless Zagre too fell, hitting the ultimate hurdle arduous and failing to qualify.

Britain’s Cindy Sember made is safely via as sixth quickest.

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