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Posted: August 15, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: Team USA gets rolling on Day 1 of World Champs

BERLIN - Team USA advanced through the rounds Saturday morning during opening-day competition at the 2009 IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Competition continues Saturday evening.

Nelson, Cantwell, Hoffa advance to final

Three Americans with five world titles to their names will compete in tonight's men's shot put final. 2005 world champion Adam Nelson (Charlottesville, Va.), 2008 Olympic silver medalist and two-time World Indoor champion Christian Cantwell (Columbia, Mo.) and reigning World Outdoor champion Reese Hoffa (Athens, Ga.) all easily made the final. Nelson exceeded the automatic qualifying mark of 20.30 meters on his first throw of 20.50m/67 feet 3.25 inches. Cantwell made it through with his second put of 20.63m/67-8.25 and Hoffa's first effort of 20.23m/66-4.5 was enough make the final. 2009 USA Indoor champion Dan Taylor (Mesa, Ariz.) threw 19.39m/63-7.5 after two fouls and did not advance.

100m men move into second round

Defending champion Tyson Gay (Clermont, Fla.) led Team USA's 100m contingent into Saturday night's second round, running 10.16 to win heat 11, the fastest time in the first round. Darvis Patton (Grand Prairie, Texas) won heat 2 in 10.26, Mike Rodgers (Round Rock, Texas) won heat 12 in 10.25 and Rae Edwards (Kansas City, Kan.) was third in heat 4 in 10.32 to advance.

400m women roll into next round

2008 Olympic bronze medalist Sanya Richards cruised through the first round of the women's 400m, winning heat 5 in 51.06 several meters ahead of Beijing gold medalist Christine Ohuruogu (GBR), who was second in 51.30. Debbie Dunn won heat 4 in 51.13 and 2008 World Junior silver medalist Jessica Beard was the runner-up in heat 2 in 51.72.

Barringer cruises into steeple final

American record holder Jenny Barringer (Boulder, Colo.) left her qualification status for the women's steeplechase in the balance until the final 50m of the second heat. Barringer took the early lead and ran with the front pack the entire race. Heading into the final 100m in fifth, she broke into a sprint after the final barrier, passing two competitors to finish third in 9:26.81 and automatically qualify for the final. 2008 Olympian Linsdey Anderson (South Ogden, Utah) finished 11th in heat 1 in 9:46.03 and Penn State's Bridget Franek (Hiram, Ohio) was 12th in heat 3 in 9:50.02. Neither advanced.

After two events in the women's heptathlon, 2008 high jump Olympian Sharon Day (Costa Mesa, Calif.) is sitting in second place with 2,086 points having run 13.90 in the 100m hurdles (993) and cleared 1.89m/6-2.25 in the high jump (1,093). 2009 USA Outdoor champion Diana Pickler (Sasche, Texas) is in eighth with 1,991 points and Bettie Wade is in ninth with 1,986 points.

The final of the women's triple jump and men's hammer throw will be without an American representative as 2009 USA Outdoor champion Shakeema Welsch (Charlotte, N.C.) was 17th in qualifying with a best effort of 14.01m/45-11.75w. Three-time USA Outdoor champion Shani Marks (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) was 27th in qualifying with 13.67m/44-10.25 and 2008 Olympian Erica McLain (Menlo Park, Calif.) was 32nd with 13.39m/43-11.25.

2007 NACAC champion Jake Freeman (Westbury, N.Y.) finished 15th in qualifying in the men's hammer throw with 74.19m/243-5 and Michael Mai (Santa Clara, Calif.) was 21st with 72.58m/238-1. Three-time USA Outdoor champion A.G. Kruger (Ashland, Ohio) was 28th with 70.19m/230-3

For complete results, quotes and Team USA reports, visit USATF.org.

Fans can watch Team USA on national television broadcasts on NBC and Versus, or online via live, daily Webcast at UniversalSports.com. For complete TV listings, visit http://www.usatf.org/events/2009/IAAFWorldOutdoorChampionships/mediaCoverage.asp.

For more information on Team USA at the World Outdoor Championships, visit USATF.org.

Day 1 Team USA quotes from Berlin - Mornining Session

Adam Nelson, Men's shot put, Charlottesville, Va.
It was great out there. That's how you like to get it done, with one throw. I'm in great shape. I'm expecting big things tonight.


Christian Cantwell, Men's shot put, Columbia, Mo. We had great weather. I feel good. I did what I wanted to do, and that's all that matters. (Getting the qualifying mark on the second throw) I typically do that. I have only done it once on my first one. I don't mind taking two throws. I usually take it safe on the first one, which I did. The second throw was just as easy. I got a little more flick on it. On the warm up track, I was throwing fine. I imagine I will add a little more distance to that tonight.

Dan Taylor, Men's shot put, Mesa, Ariz.
The first throw was great. It was well over qualifying, but I guess I fouled it on the front. It went all downhill from there. The same thing happened at my first worlds.

Reese Hoffa, Athens, Ga.
It's awesome to be in the finals. But I have to execute. I can't just dilly-dally like I did this morning. I got through, and I'm happy about that. I may have struggled a little bit. I have to believe it was there. I don't know what was going on out there. I think I was thinking too much. At the last couple of major championships, I went out there, first throw and I was gone. To go out there and barely just miss it, maybe it got too technical. It was 30 minutes between throws. That might wear you out just a bit as well.

Lindsay Anderson, Women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, So. Ogden,Utah
It's definitely not what I was hoping for. As soon as the gun went off, I felt like I didn't have it. I didn't have anything there. It was kind of disappointing. Everything has been running great. It just wasn't a good day.

Jennifer Barringer, Women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, Boulder, Colo.
I qualified. I gave everyone a heart-attack, but I qualified. I was a little nervous. With two laps to go, I changed the game plan, don't try and take control of the race. It was getting a little aggressive up front. We weren't running especially fast. I calmed down a little bit. I gave myself some room to see and know what I wanted to do. I was really confident with 100 meters that I was going to catch that qualifying pack. I think when I re-watch the race, I'm going to realize I was a little farther behind than I thought. It was a physical race for sure. I was ready for that. It was that way in China. It was that way in Japan. I definitely experienced that before. I got through today. I am really happy with qualifying. I will be ready to go.

Bridget Franek, women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, Hiram, Ohio
The first few laps, I definitely wanted to put myself in position, be ahead at the end and make finals, and that was the ultimate goal. Unfortunately, I ran out of gas or something. I felt awesome (when the race started). The first five laps, it felt so good. I don't know what happened at the end. I'm so honored to make it. Nothing has changed. It has been a long season. I didn't expect this going into the season. I have to make some adjustments. That's something I will be working on for the future.

Jake Freeman, men's hammer, Westbury, N.Y.
It was fun, a lot of fun out there. It was a great day to throw, we had great competition. I thought I did pretty good. The second throw was a good one. I just finished it right. That third throw, I needed a little more. But I kind of pulled it too much. I got some experience for my next one. I think I did ok. It gives me a little bit of confidence going into next year, and the next three years.
I would've like to have made it to the next day.

A.G. Kruger, Men's Hammer Throw, Ashland, Ohio
Training, coaching and everything else felt great. I just didn't put it together. It's just as simple as that. I'm going to go home and figure out what to do next year. I will figure it out one of these years. When I do, I will throw it far.

Michael Mai, Men's Hammer Throw, Santa Clara, Calif.
It started off pretty good. I was happy with my first throw. I kind of missed it at the finish. My second throw was really looking great. I just pulled it at the finish. It was a good day for the most part. I had the speed. Everything was ready to go. I just didn't quite do what I was looking for. I haven't had a lot of volume this year. I'm trying to work on things. It just takes a long time. Hopefully, I will have some more chances in the next year.

Jessica Beard, Women's 400 Meters, Euclid, Ohio
I think it went pretty good. I got second in my heat. The top three automatically make it. Of course that was a big goal for me. I have to still work on some stuff in my race. I know that. I felt I ran pretty well, I'm happy with it. I know I have to run something better than I ran at USA Nationals. I think this is a perfect time for me. There is so much experience on this team especially when it comes to quarter-milers with what all they have done and accomplished. I'm just looking at them for experience and words of wisdom. Sanya (Richards) told me, "Jessica, just run your race." That helped me calm down a lot.

Debbie Dunn, Women's 400 Meters, Norfolk, Va.
It's the first round, so the main goal is to go out there and get to the next race. I did that, so I am happy with my time. (Running style with right arm) I know. I have been happy with that for the longest time. I don't know what to do with it. But I tried to work it. We'll see for the next round. Hopefully, I will work it better for the next round.

Darvis Patton, Men's 100 Meters, Grand Prairie, Texas
I miss my daughter Dakota Rae. She was born a little bit before the USA Championships, and my mom's been doing a great job taking care of her while I've been away.

Rae Edwards, Men's 100 Meters, Kansas City, Kan.
I learned today what it's like to have to get back into the race.

Tyson Gay, Men's 100 Meters, Clermont, Fla.
I just had to run and get the kinks out. I just played it safe and got through the=2 0round.

Erica McLain, Women's Triple Jump, Menlo Park, Calif.
I felt like I was rushing through all three of my phases today. I had a lot of energy in getting ready to compete today, but it seemed like it wasn't there this morning. In big meets like this, I have to learn how to be more of a competitor.

Sanya Richard, Women's 400 Meters, Austin, Texas
I was happy that (Christina Ohuruogu) was there. I t gave me a little bit of extra motivation. Today I felt really relaxed. Coach (Clyde Hart) wanted me to go out and run my first 300 a little bit more aggressive. Coach might not be happy with where I was at 300, but my legs felt really strong coming home, and that's how I like to feel.
I like to win all my races, so I can get the first pick of lanes.

About USA Track & Field
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States.

For more information on USATF, visit USATF.org.


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