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Melaine Walker had the national honor of Order of Distinction or O.D. conferred on her after her much ballyhooed victory in her event at the 2008 Olympics, in Beijing, China, where she set an Olympic record of 52.64secs. A year later at the Berlin World Championships, she simply did better. She again won gold but in the process set a national record, the second fastest time ever recorded in the event – 52.42secs.
A series of injuries followed, but she pulled something special out of the hat, rolling back the years in 2011, to win a silver medal in the event, at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Knowledgeable observers noted this as one of the gutsiest performances of the Championships.
Enter 2012, the London Olympic year, and the world expected Walker to repeat her golden performance. But she had other plans; she literally jogged around the track without trying, as if in protest. Her attitude and placing set off a wave of speculation, but her post race interviews did little to shed light on what had happened, creating more confusion in the minds of fans.
In 2013, Walker severed ties with the MVP track club and her long-time coach Stephen Francis, claiming her move was fueled by Francis’ refusal to train her for sprint events. She further painted her former coach Stephen Francis as a dictator and accused him of breaching a verbal agreement between them, established when she first joined MVP.
She told the media that “I have had this ongoing lingering problem with thinking that I am a sprinter. At the end of the day, this problem would not have occurred had I been running the 100m hurdles.”
In a quest to fulfill her sprinting dreams, Walker joined Racers club, which trains Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake train.