Jamaica's national junior record holder of the 400 meter hurdles distance, Ristanana Tracey fell in training and broke her right wrist on August 17th 2011. This was ten days before the World Athletics Championships started in Daegu, South Korea, for which she was qualified.
"I won’t let it stop me,” she told after the accident. "My preparation is going well apart from that. I am hoping to at least make the final and with the help of God. I know I can do it." It should be the first senior international assignment for the 19-year-old runner. She was one of the youngest members in Jamaica’s athletics team with 50 members in Daegu.
At the national championships in June 2011, Ristanana Tracey ran the second fastest time by a junior ever over 400 meter hurdles and got national junior record holder with a 54.58 seconds clocking. In the following competitions in Europe, her form was not the best running in the low 56 seconds range.
But at the season's highlight, the World Championships, she showed her fighting qualities. With a cast on her hand, the youngster finished second in her heat in 55.96 seconds and advanced to the semifinals. "I think my run was good, I just went out there and tried to finish first or second and ensure that I qualified to the next round," she said after her efforts. She added, it wasn't too difficult for her running with the arm cast, as she had been doing it for a while now and had become used to it.
In the 400 meter hurdles semifinals Ristanana Tracey could improve her time to 55.55 seconds. But with Lashinda Demus (USA) in that race, who became later world champion, she got fourth and missed the final. Only the first two athletes were qualified directly.