Sept. 15, 1997
FUKUOKA, Japan – Former Florida State track and field star Kim Batten won the 400-meter hurdles Saturday at the Fukuoka Grand Prix. Batten edged out Jamaica’s Deon Hemmings with a winning time of 53.45. Batten was the silver medalist in the same event at the 1996 Olympic Games while Hemmings won the gold.
The 1996 ESPY for Women’s Track & Field Performer of the Year, Batten serves as a volunteer assistant for the FSU track team during her training in Tallahassee. At the 1995 World Championships, Batten established a new world record in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.61. She was a nine-time All-American at Florida State and is the school record holder in three events.