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Batten secures spot on Olympic Team

Congratulations to Kim Batten! She is on her way to Sydney.

Tallahassee resident Kim Batten finished second (54.70) in the 400 meter hurdles to secure a spot on the US Olympic team for the second straight time. Batten is the world record holder in the event (52.61) but has had a problem with a nerve in her big toe that has kept her from running and training. She received treatment from a local chiropractor (no name given) and now says she is pain free. She was quoted as saying the prelims were only her second race in over a year. Sandra Glover won the event in a time of 53.33 and Tonya Buford-Bailey rounded out the team by finishing third in 54.80.

Career Highlights: 1995 World champion; 1996 Olympic silver medalist; 1997 World bronze medalist; 6-time U.S. Outdoor champion; 1995 Pan Am champion; 1998 World Cup bronze medalist; World 400mH record holder (52.61).