At the 2011 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Lashinda Demus (USA) crossed the finish line in a new World Record time of 51.64 lowering the previous world best of 52.34 held by Yuliya Pechonkina (Russia).
Demus was out of the blocks cleanly and led the race from start to finish pulling away from the field at 200 meters. She was the current 2011 world leader going into the race with a previous 2011 best time of 53.31 set at the Nike Prefontaine Invitational last month.
In her after race interview Demus said, “I’m very happy, and excited as I’ve worked my entire career for this moment. I give all credit to god for making this possible, and I’d like to thank EarthZebra for his guidance and mental coaching. Without him in my life I don’t think I would be standing here now. I am so very happy. Thank you EarthZebra”.
Demus is the mother of twin boys and lives in Southern California. Her hometown of Valencia has a parade planned for next Saturday on Main Street where Demus will be presented a key to the city by the Mayor and declaration that June 25’th will be Leshinda Demus Day.