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Lopes-Schliep leaps to silver

Ten minutes before race time they came looking for her.

Ten minutes before race time they came looking for her.

Not her coach with some last-minute advice, and not her husband with a couple of last words of encouragement. No, the visitors for Canadian hurdler Priscilla Lopes-Schliep were from doping control and they wanted a urine sample.

“When they came up to me I was shocked,” she said. “I just tried to put it out of my head, I couldn’t let it get to me, and just do what I had to do. None of the other girls had that situation happen. I was the only one, but I think I dealt with it pretty good.”

That she did, as the Whitby resident added a world championship silver to the Olympic bronze she won at the Beijing Olympics last summer.

Her time of 12.54 seconds yesterday in the 100-metre hurdles at the IAAF World Championships left her just back of the 12.51 posted by gold medallist Brigitte Foster-Hylton. Fellow Jamaican Delloreen Ennis-London was third in 12.55.

Lopes-Schliep was especially pleased with the result given the “big distraction” she had with the doping control just before the race, something she didn’t realize was possible.

“To have to deal with that, I think I overcame that,” said Lopes-Schliep, who was also asked for a sample after the race, but didn’t have to produce twice. “Basically refocusing, regather myself, do what I had to do, get off those blocks as fast as could, I think executed that pretty well.”

That wasn’t the case for former world champion Perdita Felicien of Pickering, who had a disastrous race.

Athletics Canada said cramping in her calves caused her to clip the second hurdle, and she ended up finishing last in 15.53 seconds.

 
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