Russian Antyukh women's 400 hurdles gold

  • Russia's Natalya Antyukh celebrates after winning the women's 400m hurdles final at the athletics event of the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 8, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE

  • Russia's Natalya Antyukh (R) wins the women's 400m hurdles final ahead of Lashina Demus of the U.S. during the London 2012 Olympics Games at the Olympic Stadium August 8, 2012. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT ATHLETICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

LONDON: Russian Natalya Antyukh secured the Olympic women's 400 meters hurdles gold medal Wednesday when she dug deep to hold off American Lashinda Demus.

Antyukh, who won bronze in the 400 meters in Athens in 2004, came into the race as the fastest this year and surpassed that by clocking a personal best of 52.70 seconds.

World champion Demus (52.77) tried valiantly to close in the final strides with Czech Zuzana Hejnova taking bronze in 53.38.





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