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September 25, 2000

Injury forces Katie Anderson out of hurdles

CBC SPORTS ONLINE - Canada's medal hopes in the women's 100m hurdles crashed today as Katie Anderson collapsed in her semi-final heat with an apparent hamstring injury.

Anderson, who got off to a strong start and cruised to the finish in a time of 12.82 seconds in her first heat, held the fourth fastest qualifying time overall.

But after a strong start in the second heat, the Toronto resident pulled up in obvious pain before the ninth hurdle and fell awkwardly to the track, extending her injured leg.

"That leg extension did her no good at all," said CBC track analyst Geoff Gowan. "It just simply magnified what was already happening."

Gowan and play-by-play commentator Don Wittman pointed out that Anderson appeared to have a slight hamstring problem in the warm-up to the race.

"She may have had a few problems when she was warming up," Wittman said. "But she had stated that she felt very good. She felt confident that she could qualify for the final."



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