McPherson to try 400m hurdles in 2017
Olympic Games 400 metres finalist Stephenie-Ann McPherson said after a disappointing 2016, she will be trying her luck at the intermediate hurdles next season.
“I will try the 400 metres hurdles next year but I will have to wait and see what my coach Stephen Francis will do," said McPherson who left Paris yesterday to head back to Italy, the European training base for MVP athletes following a second-place finish in the women’s 400m at the Diamond League meeting in Paris.
McPherson, who finished sixth in the 400m in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil earlier this month, has a chance of winning the Diamond Trophy in the 400 metres after taking the lead on Saturday at the Meeting de Paris at the Stade de France.
McPherson, competing in the women's one-lap event, ran well to finish second in 50.33 seconds behind the United States’ Natasha Hastings, who won in 50.06 seconds.
By virtue of her second place finish McPherson picked up enough points to take the lead in the event going into the final leg in Brussels next week.
The points will be doubled in Belgium. McPherson is on 31 points just ahead of Olympic champion, Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas on 30. Hastings is two points behind on 28 in third spot.
Miller was absent in Paris and McPherson, who spoke about her run, is optimistic going into Brussels.
"For me it was an OK race as I just did what I had to do. It is not the first time I am in this position in the Diamond League and going to Brussels I am confident as I know I can do it once I execute well,” she told STAR Sports.