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Runner wins 400-meter title with eyes closed
First Published Jun 28 2014 11:30 pm • Last Updated Jun 28 2014 11:30 pm

Sacramento, Calif. • Francena McCorory had to wait for the replay to see the best race of her life. The U.S. women’s 400-meter champion has a tendency to run with her eyes closed.

Not that it mattered much.

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McCorory won Saturday in the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships, finishing in 49.48 seconds to edge Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross.

McCorory had her best career time and the fastest in the world this year. She did it despite running three-quarters of the race with her eyes closed, something the sprinter has done since she first took up running as a 12-year-old.

The 25-year-old beat a field that included Richards-Ross, reigning outdoor champ Natasha Hastings and Dee Dee Trotter, the 2012 bronze medalist.




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