Muhammad Wins 400m IH Silver Medal At IAAF World Championships

    Dalilah Muhammad

    Aug 15, 2013

    Dalilah Muhammad won a silver medal in the women's 400m IH and Felix Sanchez placed fifth in the men's 400m IH finals to highlight the Trojans' efforts at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships held in Moscow, Russia today (Aug. 15). Allyson Felix today advanced to the women's 200m finals and Eva Orban yesterday moved on to the women's hammer throw finals.

    Muhammad took second place in the women's 400m IH with a time of 54.09 to earn a silver medal, beaten only by the Czech Republic's Zuzana Jejnova who won with a world-leading time of 52.83. The Trojan All-America hurdler Muhammad (2009-12) won the U.S. 400m IH title in June.

    "I'm just really excited about it," said Muhammad. "I don't think people really expected me to get on the podium, so to get silver, that is something. You know I tried to get out good and hard, but not go out too fast and die at the end. I was really able to run my own race being in lane six, I didn't really have anyone in front of me to push me along. My mom came out to support me, so I'll probably just be celebrating with her tonight."

    The reigning Olympic champion Sanchez, running for the Dominican Republic, placed fifth in the men's 400m IH finals with a time of 48.22. Sanchez was attempting to become the first male hurdler to win three golds in the 400m IH at the World Championships, having won the event in 2001 and 2003. Sanchez also earned a silver medal at the 2007 World Championships.

    Felix easily advanced to tomorrow's women's 200m finals by winning both her first round and semifinals heats today. Felix ran 22.59 in the first round and 22.30 in the second round to advance both times with the fastest qualifying race.

    Orban competed for her native Hungary on Aug. 14 in the women's hammer throw and had a best mark of 231-8 (70.62m) to finish 11th and advance to tomorrow's finals. The four-time USC All-American won the 2008 NCAA hammer throw title.