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August 21st, 2008
Foster-Hylton finishes sixth in Olympic sprint hurdle

STAFF REPORT

Former Texas State All-American Brigitte Foster-Hylton registered a sixth-place finish in the women’s 100-meter hurdles final at the XXIX Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Running out of lane nine for the island of Jamaica, Foster-Hylton finished the race with a time of 12.66 seconds, one-hundredth of a second behind her teammate Delloreen Ennis-London and fourth-place finisher Damu Cherry of the United States.

Dawn Harper of the United States won the gold medal with a time of 12.54 seconds. Sally McLellan of Australia was the silver medalist with a time of 12.64 seconds. Priscilla Lopes-Schliep of Canada won the bronze medal, also with a time of 12.64 seconds.

Foster-Hylton finished ahead of race favorite LoLo Jones of the United States, who tripped over the ninth of ten hurdles and stumbled across the finish line in 12.72 seconds. Sandra Claxton of Great Britain finished in eighth place with a time of 12.94 seconds.

Foster-Hylton qualified for the final with the third-fastest time in the second semifinal heat Sunday night a time of 12.76 seconds. She finished behind Cherry’s time of 12.62 seconds and Harper’s time of 12.84 seconds in the semifinals.

Jones had the fastest overall semifinal time after she won the first semifinal race in 12.43 seconds, well ahead of Ennis-London’s time of 12.67 seconds.

Foster-Hylton qualified for the Jamaican team by winning the 100-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 12.50 seconds at the Jamaica National Olympic Trials on June 29. She finished ahead of Ennis-London, who was second in 12.57, and Vonette Dixon, who finished third in 12.71 seconds.

This marks the third time Foster-Hylton has competed in the Olympic Games after she competed in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics.

While attending Texas State, she earned All-American honors after finishing third at the 1998 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Foster-Hylton set a school and Southland Conference record of 13.13 seconds in 1998. She also is a two-time Southland Conference champion in the 100-meter hurdles and scored the most points as an individual at the 1998 SLC Championships with 33 points after winning the 100 and 200-meter dashes, along with the 100-meter hurdles. Foster-Hylton also holds the Southland Conference Championships meet record with a time of 13.19 seconds in 1998.

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