Tianna Madison put on a great performance and gave a great effort Sunday as she finished third in the 60 meters at the 14th world indoor championships in Istanbul, Turkey.
The Elyria High graduate clocked 7.09 seconds, finishing behind defending champ Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica (7.01) and Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahoure (7.04).
Madison, 26, won her first world championship medal since she took the silver for indoor long jump in 2006 in Moscow. Her other world medal was the gold she won in 2005 for outdoor long jump in Helsinki, Finland.
Madison (7.02) defeated Campbell-Brown (7.08) and Ahoure (7.09) on Feb. 11 in Fayetteville, Ark. But Campbell-Brown proved too tough to beat twice in a row.
She is the two-time defending Olympic 200-meter champ and has won five Olympic medals, including three golds. Campbell-Brown, who went to the University of Arkansas, has also won two golds and seven silvers at world championships.
Ahoure isn’t as famous, but proved her worth in her first world championship. She graduated from George Mason last year.
Brown-Campbell’s gun reaction time was 0.155, compared with Madison’s 0.170 and Ahoure’s 0.171. American Barb Pierre, who was fourth (7.14), had the best reaction time in the final (0.140).
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