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Local Olympians: COC coach earns silver in 400 hurdles

Posted: August 8, 2012 2:58 p.m.
Updated: August 8, 2012 2:58 p.m.

Russia's Natalya Antyukh, right, powers ahead of United States' Lashinda Demus, a volunteer track coach for College of the Canyons, to win gold in the women's 400-meter hurdles on Wednesday in London.

LONDON (AP) — In a big night for the U.S. track and field team, College of the Canyons volunteer assistant track coach Lashinda Demus fell just short of making it even better.

The reigning world champion took silver in the 400-meter hurdles final, losing by .07 seconds to Russia’s Natalya Antyukh on Wednesday in at Olympic Stadium.

She came around the final corner of the race just behind Antyukh, but appeared to have a chance to catch up after clearing the final hurdle.

Antyukh managed to hold Demus off in with a time of 52.70 seconds ahead of Demus’ 52.77.

Czech Republic’s Zuzana Hejnova earned a bronze by coming in at 53.38.

This is Demus’ first Olympic medal as she fell short in the semifinals of the same event in her only previous Olympic appearance in the 2004 Athens Games.


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