Phyllis wins women’s 400m final at London 2017.BY GODWIN AIKIGBE
USA’s Phyllis Francis has described as amazing and crazy her triumph in the women’s 400m final at London 2017 IAAF World Championship.
Francis ran 49.92 to place first on Wednesday night, Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser finished second in 50.06 while Allyson Felix also of the USA clocked 50.08 to claim bronze.
Speaking after the race, Phyllis told iaaf.com: “It’s amazing. I’m so excited. It is such an amazing feeling. Being world champion sounds pretty cool. This win has not hit me yet, but I guess it will tomorrow when I wake up.
“When I went down the home straight, I just believed in myself and stayed patient. I just knew what I was capable of doing, so I stuck to my race model.
“At the finish line I was surprised. I thought I was second or third, but then they told me, ‘You are first’. That is crazy.”
Naser was also coming to terms with her achievement. “I think I surprised my opponents and I even surprised myself,” she said. “Coming to these championships, I really did not think about a medal. After all the hard training I have been through, I just hoped to do something big.
“I was not chasing Felix; I was pushing myself until the very end. I did not even see what was going on in the last metres. Felix is my role model. I am following her on Instagram.
“In the future I will also focus on the 200m, but it’s 400m for now.”
For the record, behind the stunned Miller-Uibo, Shericka Jackson took fifth in 50.76, ahead of her Jamaican team-mate Stephenie Ann McPhertson (50.86), African champion Kabange Mupopo (51.15) and 2007 bronze medallist Novlene Williams-Mills of Jamaica.