Rushell Clayton buoyed by first Diamond League win

By July 25, 2019

After running a personal-best time and winning her first-ever Diamond League race in London on Sunday, newly minted Jamaican 400mH champion Rushell Clayton said getting that first win provided a major boost in confidence as she zeroes in on her first World Championships in Doha in September.

In only her second Diamond League race, Clayton ran 54.16, leaving two-time world champion Zuzana Hejnova (54.33) in her wake. Tia-Adana Bell from Barbados (54.54) was third.

“Fast times come when you don’t get distracted by who is in your race but you stay true to yourself and your strategy,” she said.

“This is a huge motivator for me heading into World Championships but for now I’m taking it a race at a time.

She said she was never intimidated by the occasion.

“I’ve always felt that I belong. However, I’m just learning to stay in my zone and execute no matter the race,” she told Sportsmax.TV

“54.16 is a great time to run in my very second Diamond League and to come out with the win…it was just a week ago I ran 54.8 from lane one on my debut so I was confident that I could go faster.”

 

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