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Hurdler ends difficult campaign on podium
Woodford Green with Essex Ladies Tiffany Porter ended her ‘tormented’ indoor season with a very special bronze medal at IAAF World Indoor Championships in Poland, writes Ziad Chaudry.
It was a great testament to the 26-year-old sprint hurdles specialist, who was surprised to even see herself competing in the championships after suffering a series of slight injury problems throughout the indoor campaign.
Porter’s third place in the 60m at the Polish seaside town was a fitting end to the season for the American-born British number one, who posted a season’s best 7.86secs to finish behind American winner Nia Ali (7.80) and defending champion Sally Pearson (7.85), the London 2012 Olympic gold medallist from Australia.
“It’s really bittersweet to have won the bronze medal,” said an ecstatic but emotional Porter, who had bagged silver in the last world indoor championships two years ago in Istanbul, Turkey.
“It has been a very tormented season to say the least, because of all the niggles and other stuff I had prior to this.
“At one point I thought my indoor season would be over, so for me to be able to perform my best at the championships and still get a bronze medal is special for me.
“But I know I’m a better outdoor hurdler, so hopefully it will all come together. I’m very happy and looking forward to the outdoor season.”
And Porter, whose husband Jeff is a regular USA international hurdler, was extremely happy to add another medal to Woodford Green with Essex Ladies trophy cabinet, adding: “It’s always an honour to get a medal for Woodford Green Essex Ladies, that’s my club!”
Meanwhile, a very disappointed Shana Cox insists she will be assessing her performance with her coach following her disappointing first round exit in the women’s 400m.
“I didn’t really finish where I wanted to,” said American-born Cox.
“There was some good parts to the race and some not so good parts of it. I will take some time with my coach to look at it and pick it apart.”