Batten and Buford, A Look Back
For this month’s great race, I’m taking it back to my favorite race of all time in the history of track and field, and that would be the women’s 400 meter hurdle final at the 1995 World Championships in Sweden. In that race, Americans Kim Batten and Tonja Buford (Now Tonja Buford-Bailey) finished 1-2, as both broke the previous world record.
Batten’s winning time of 52.61 was only .01 ahead of Buford’s 52.62. Jamaica’s Deon Hemmings earned the bronze in 53.48, and she was in the thick of the race until she faded slightly on the final straightaway.