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Rio Olympics: Kerron Clement wins gold medal in 400 hurdles for U.S.

United States' Kerron Clement crosses the line to

United States' Kerron Clement crosses the line to win gold in the men's 400-meter hurdles during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. Photo Credit: AP / Tim Donnelly

RIO DE JANEIRO — Two-time world champion Kerron Clement finally has an Olympic gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles.

The 30-year-old American won the world titles in 2007 and ‘09, sandwiched around his Olympic silver medal in Beijing, but hadn’t been back on the podium of a major championship until winning Thursday’s final in a season-best 47.73 seconds.

Boniface Mucheru Tumuti took silver for Kenya, 0.05 behind, and Turkey’s Cuban-born Yasmani Copello, the European champion, won bronze in 47.92.

Javier Culson, the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist from Puerto Rico, was disqualified for a false-start.

Four of the finishers produced national-record times, including Tumuti and Copello.

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