Another American, Lashinda Demus, had the world’s fastest 400 hurdles time in the first half of 2008 (53.99), but her fourth-place finish at the Olympic Trials opened the door for Tiffany Ross-Williams, who won the Trials in 54.03. Ross-Williams reached the Olympic final but finished eighth.
While attending the University of South Carolina, Ross-Williams missed a year of competition while giving birth to a baby girl in 2004. She rebounded strongly in 2005, placing third in the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Ross-Williams earned her first U.S. title in 2007, winning the outdoor championship in a personal best 53.28 seconds. The victory helped her reach No. 1 in the world 400-meter hurdles rankings.
Ross-Williams won the 100-meter hurdles (with a wind-aided 13.01) at the U.S. Junior championships in 2002 and was second in the 400 hurdles at the NCAA Outdoors. She was fourth at the U.S. Outdoors in 2006 and seventh at the World Championships in 2007.
- Height: 5-2
- Weight: 126
- Age: 25
- Birth date: February 5, 1983
- Hometown: Miami, Florida
- World Championships: None