Brigitte Foster-Hylton praises national record holder Janeek Brown

By June 12, 2019

Jamaica’s sprint hurdles queen Brigitte Foster-Hylton has come out in praise of Janeek Brown, who broke her 16-year-old national record on Saturday.

Brown, who just completed her sophomore year at the University of Arkansas, ran a personal best and world-leading time of 12.40 to win the NCAA Division 1 100m hurdles title at the Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas, on Saturday.

The time, the second fastest in NCAA history behind Briana Rollins 12.39s set in 2013, also erased Foster-Hylton’s 12.45 set in May 2003.

“I want to congratulate Janeek for breaking the national record in the 100m hurdles, and I think it’s a good indication for the future of sprint hurdling in Jamaica,” said the 2009 world champion, who is now a hurdles coach at the MVP Track Club in Kingston.

“It is an area which we have performed well historically and it is great to see our young talent performing at this level.”

Foster-Hylton was also impressed with the technique of the 21-year-old Brown, who has plans of emulating her achievements at the IAAF World Championships in Doha in September.

“I watched her race and it was beautiful hurdling, technically she appears to be very sound,” said the woman who also won World Championship silver and bronze medals for Jamaica.

“She also appears to have great speed as well.  It’s definitely a good look for the future of hurdling in Jamaica.”

Foster-Hylton, 44, is arguably Jamaica’s most successful female sprint hurdler, as in addition to her gold, silver and bronze medals at the IAAF World Championships, she also won gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2006 and at the Pan American Games in 2003.

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