Shevon Stoddart showed in the semi-finals that she was in good form and was coming to run.The 32 year old part-time model/singer entered the ‘Trials’ as the 4th ranked Jamaican on the year with a best of 56.27 and clipped almost a full second off that time running 55.29 as she ensured that Russell was fully extended. Stoddart, a two time Olympian having represented Jamaica at the 2004 and 2008 Games was qualifying for her 2nd World Championships and a return to the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing.
Ristanana Tracey came to life in the finals to secure 3rd place in 55.46. Tracey was qualifying for her 3rd straight IAAF World Championship team. Samantha Elliott finished fast for 4th in 55.51.
News broke ahead of the finals that Hyde injured himself in warm-up and had withdrawn. The race went according to script with Whyte running his fastest race of the year to win in 48.90 to make up for narrow misses the two previous years. Cato ran an untidy race to finish 2nd in 49.09 while Green faltered a bit but managed to hang on for 3rd in 49.41.