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Russian Antyukh wins Olympic gold in 400 hurdles

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Aug. 9, 2012, 9:02 a.m. | Sports — by Associated Press

Russia's Natalya Antyukh, right, beats United States' Lashinda Demus in the women's 400-meter hurdle finals during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012.
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LONDON — Natalya Antyukh of Russia won the women's 400-meter hurdles at the London Olympics on Wednesday night, edging world champion Lashinda Demus and narrowly missing the games record. 

The 31-year-old Antyukh, a bronze medalist in the 400 at the 2004 Athens Olympics, won in 52.70 seconds, just 0.06 outside the Olympic record set by Melaine Walker in Beijing.

Demus took silver in 52.77 and Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic got the bronze medal in 53.38. 

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