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Former Tiger Places Third at Track World Championships

Aug. 26, 1999

SEVILLE, Spain – Former Clemson track star Duane Ross placed third Wednesday night in the 110m hurdles at the World Championships in Seville, Spain. Ross ran a personal-best time of 13.12 to claim bronze medal at the meet, while Colin Jackson won the event in 13.04, the fastest time in the world this year. Ross won his heat with a time of 13.13 in the quarterfinals, the fastest qualifying time among the competitors, then took first place in his heat of the semifinals with a time of 13.14, also the fastest qualifying time.

“I’m tired and my ankle hurts from hitting too many hurdles,” said Ross following the championship race. “Today was not a clean race at all. It felt like I hit all of them. The experience itself was great. This is my first outdoor World Championships so it was kind of nerve-wracking, but that comes with the territory. I’ll be ready for next year. This is my first medal so I’m not too disappointed. I expect a lot of myself and I worked really hard this year, so I feel like I should have done better.”

Prior to the World Championships, Ross established a personal-best of 13.15 in the 110m hurdles. Earlier this year he placed second at the USA Indoor Championships and fourth at the World Indoor Championships in the event. Ross finished fourth at the 1999 USA Outdoor Championships.

A seven-time All-American for the Tigers, Ross was a member of the Clemson track and field team from 1992-95. He won the national championship in the 110m hurdles at the 1995 NCAA Outdoor Championships when he set the Clemson record with a time of 13.32. Ross won four individual ACC titles in hurdles events and one conference title as a member of the Tigers’ 1994 outdoor 4x100m relay team.