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Athletics: Cantwell wins shot put gold in Berlin

BERLIN - 2008 Olympic silver medalist and two-time world indoor champion Christian Cantwell won the gold medal in the men's shot put Saturday evening at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics at the 1936 Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany.

Cantwell (Columbia, Mo.) grabbed the early lead in the competition with his first round throw of 21.54 meters/70 feet 8 inches. 2008 Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski of Poland wrested the lead from Cantwell with his fourth-round toss of 21.68m/71-1.50, and increased it in round 5 when he threw 21.91m/71-10.75.

Cantwell needed a clutch performance late in the competition and got it in round 5 with his winning throw of 22.03m/72-3.50, which is the best throw in the world this outdoor season.

Majewski finished as the runner-up in the competition, with Germany's Ralf Bartels pleasing the home crowd with a personal best third-round throw of 21.37m/70-1.50 that earned him the bronze medal.

2007 world outdoor champion Reese Hoffa (Athens, Ga.) finished fourth (21.28m/69-9.75) in the competition, with 2005 world outdoor champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist Adam Nelson (Athens, Ga.) taking fifth (21.11m/69-3.75).

Yoder Begley runs career best 10,000m time

2009 USA 10,000m champion and 2008 Olympian Amy Yoder Begley (Beaverton, Ore.) was the top finishing American this evening in the women's 10,000 meters. Yoder Begley finished the race in sixth-place in 31 minutes 13.78 seconds after finishing 26th at the Beijing Olympics. Yoder Begley's performance is a new personal best, easily bettering the 31:22.69 she posted in winning the 2009 U.S. title.

2008 Olympic Games bronze medalist and American record holder Shalane Flanagan (Pittsboro, N.C.) finished in 14th place in 31:32.19, and 2005 U.S. 10,000m champion Katie McGregor (St. Louis Park, Minn.), placed 17th in 32:18.49.

U.S. men all qualify for 100m semis

Reigning world champion and current world leader Tyson Gay (Clermont, Fla.) ran hard for nearly the entire race in heat 4 of the men's 100m quarterfinals before dialing it down five meters in front of the finish and winning in 9.98 seconds.

2009 USA Indoor and Outdoor champion Michael Rodgers (Round Rock, Tex.) had a great start in heat 1 of the men's quarters and rode that momentum to the win in 10.01 seconds. Also moving on to tomorrow's semifinals will be Monzavous "Rae" Edwards, who finished third in heat 5 in 10.15. Edwards grabbed his right hamstring area after the race before laying down on the track. A couple minutes later he got up and walked slowly off the track. He later said the pain was caused by a "Charlie Horse" (painful muscle spasm) and that he would be ready to run on Sunday.

Also in men's 100m quarterfinal action, 2008 Olympic Games finalist Darvis "Doc" Patton (Grand Prairie, Tex.) got out well in heat 3 and turned off the afterburners well in front of the finish line. Patton finished as the runner-up in 10.05 and easily qualified for tomorrow's semifinals.

Team USA 400m hurdlers look to duplicate Olympic sweep

Reigning world champion and 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist Kerron Clement (Gainesville, Fla.) was in control throughout heat 3, crossing the finish line first in 48.39 seconds. Clement will move on to compete in Sunday's semifinals.

2005 world outdoor champion, 2008 Olympic bronze medalist and reigning USA Outdoor champion Bershawn "Batman" Jackson (Savoy, Ill.) finished second in heat 2 of the men's 400m hurdles in 49.34 seconds, and 2009 USA Outdoor Championships runner-up Johnny Dutch (Clayton, N.C.) finished third in heat 1 in 49.38. Both advance to the semifinals.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Angelo Taylor (Atlanta, Ga.) finished fourth in heat 4 in 49.64 seconds and was not to advance to the final. However, following the race two competitors in Taylor's heat, Brendan Cole of Australia and Kurt Couto of Mozambique, were disqualified for trail leg violations (IAAF rule 168.7). Taylor is now credited for third place in his heat and will advance.

U.S. quartet advances in men's 1,500m

Reigning world 1,500m champion Bernard Lagat (Tucson, Ariz.) completed the first task towards defending his title by finishing second in heat 2 of the men's first round of competition. Lagat was in seventh-place with 200 meters to go and that's when he began making his move to the front of the pack. He finished in 3:41.60 and will move on to Monday's semifinals.

Joining Lagat in the semis will be 2008 Olympic Trials runner-up Leonel Manzano (Austin, Tex.). Manzano came off the final turn in heat 1 of the men's 1,500 meters in sixth-place and moved up steadily throughout the final 150 meters before finishing second in 3:42.87.

2008 U.S. Olympic delegation flag bearer and 2009 U.S. Outdoor champion Lopez Lomong (Colorado Springs, Colo.) looked strong in heat 3, where he finished third in 3:44.89. Lomong, who was shoved in the back on the backstretch of the final lap, will advance to thesemis.

2009 USA Outdoor Championships third-place finisher and first-time World Outdoor Championships participant Dorian Ulrey (Port Byron, Ill.) ran in heat 4, which was the fastest of the day.

Ulrey finished eighth in 3:38.86, but will move on to the semis as the eighth-fastest qualifier of the day and the fastest American.

Johnson advances in women's pole vault

2009 USA Outdoor Championships runner-up Chelsea Johnson (Los Angeles, Calif.) qualified eighth in the opening round of the women's pole vault and will advance to the final on Monday evening. The 2004 NCAA Outdoor champion while at UCLA, Johnson had a best clearance this evening of 4.55 meters/14 feet 11 inches.

2009 USA Outdoor Championships fourth-place finisher Jillian Schwartz (Jonesboro, Ark.), who is competing at her fourth World Outdoor Championships, finished qualifying in 15th place (4.50m/14-9) and did not make the final. 2000 Olympic gold medalist and two-time world outdoor champion Stacy Dragila (Chula Vista, Calif.) finished 22nd in qualifying (4.25m/13-11.25).

Team USA heptathletes finish first day of competition

2008 Olympian, 2009 USA Outdoor heptathlon runner-up and 2005 NCAA champion Sharon Day (Costa Mesa, Calif.) is in eighth-place after the first day of competition in the women's heptathlon with her four-event total of 3,714 points.

2008 Olympian and 2009 USA champion Diana Pickler (Sachse, Tex.) currently sits in the 12th spot (3,589 points) going in to tomorrow's action, and 2009 USA Champs third-place finisher Bettie Wade (Northville, Mich.) is 27th with 2,875 points.

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2009 IAAF World Athletics Championships Day 1 Team USA Evening Quotes

Christian Cantwell (Columbia, Mo.), men's shot put gold medalist
I have won medals in the past but not this one. To win it in that fashion is even more exciting. I hope the crowd enjoyed it as much as we did. The level of the competition was very high with 6 athletes at 21m, so to win a competition like this, that makes me feel better.
During the competition, I felt like I was rushing my throw, so I told myself to just slow down. I knew that when it left my hand that (the winning throw) was a good one.
I was pretty happy at the quality of the competition, and I hope everyone watching enjoyed it as well. It's a pretty awesome feeling to be in this deep of a competition.

Reese Hoffa (Athens, Georgia), Men's Shot Put fourth place finsiher
Once again, Christian took care of business today, and saved us from going medal-less.
Right now, he's the guy. We'll see how he handles the pressure of being champion of the world.
It just wasn't my day today. I just couldn't quite connect with the big ball, and it's gonna happen. I was just thinking, "just lift the ball. If it goes, it goes". I gave it everything that I got.

Adam Nelson (Charlottesville, Va.), Men's Shot Put fifth place finisher
I'm frustrated with myself, but I'm really thrilled for Christian. This is a win for him that's a long time coming, and it validated a lot of his career so far.
That was an awesome competition. Those guys just came out swinging. That was one of the best competitions that I've ever seen.
I'm still looking at 2012. I don't think that I can pursue another year in the sport without thinking about the Olympics, because that's what it's really all about in this sport.

Amy Yoder Begley (Beaverton, Oregon), sixth in women's 10,000m
It was slow going, but I knew that at anytime they were going to make that jump. I wasn't confident enough to make that jump and I wished I was. I was afraid to die by going with them. It's still a PR, and I was sixth. I wanted to be in the top eight, so I'm happy with that.
I tried to go with Shalane and I was looking for Alberto (Salazar, her coach) and his cues. I should have gone when he told me to. I feel that I can compete at this level, and that I need to be able to go with 8 laps to go instead of waiting to go at 6 laps.

Shalane Flanagan (Pittsboro, N.C.), 14th in women's 10,000m
It was kind of a physical race out there. It was easy running, then it was really hard running. (Coach) Jerry Schuumacher told me to be ready for a hard race, and I couldn't quite respond. I tried to put myself in contention to do something big by pushing the pace up front. I did my best, and that's all I can ask for.
I was happy with my performance last year (at the Olympics), but I'm looking to do bigger and better things. I need to be a little more patient with myself.
In retrospect, I think the 5000 would have been better for me because there wouldn't have been that big expectation from me, but all in all, I'm glad that I did this.

Katie McGregor (St. Louis Park, Minn.), 17th in women's 10,000m
The work is there. I just have to fine tune some stuff. The amount of work I am putting in and the amount of fitness, it's all there. My first 5K was faster than at open 5Ks, and that was a positive. I just needed to hang on to that pace, and I didn't. I lost touch with the end of the pack and that was it. It happens. I'm glad to be the part of another USA team. I did my best today, so hopefully I did the country proud.

Leonel Manzano (Austin, Texas), Men's 1,500 meters
I really didn't know what to expect. Usually when you come to these types of races, especially when you have three rounds, and it's the first heat and you have a lot of new people you have never seen, it's really hard to know who's going to be there. You don't know a lot of the guys. You have to expect the unexpected.
Leading up to the World Championships, I know I have done the work. I know my coaches have done the work. They have been there. They have prepared me. Thanks to them, going into the last 300 meters, I knew I was in a bind, but thanks to their preparation, I knew to stay calm. I just waited around to see if there was a gap. Fortunately for me, one opened up in probably the last 150. I moved out, around the guy. The next thing I knew, I had a straight open to the finish. But I knew I had to stay calm and be patient.

Bernard Lagat (Tuscan, Ariz.), Men's 1,500 meters
It went very well today. I just wanted to run very smart. I wanted to get outside so I don't get boxed. That has been my strategy all the time. The most important thing is I want to run strong and feel like I can run fast with them in the last lap. That is why I wanted to make sure I ran with the guys. With 300 meters to go, I followed it and I felt really good. I wanted to feel like I can accelerate but even go faster. I'm feeling really good about my race today.

Lopez Lomong (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Men's 1,500 meters
The race went well. I felt good and relaxed. It went well. I am looking forward to the other rounds and see how things will go. I just wanted to go through it, taking one round at a time. I just wanted to go out there and secure a spot. It was a typical race. There was some pushing, but it's part of the race. It's part of the job description. I was going out there, proud to represent the colors.

Dorian Ulrey (Pt. Byron, Ill.), Men's 1,500 meters
It was a very tactical race. It went out slow. It picked up, slowed down, picked back up. In fact, it looked like an accordion and it felt like one, too. I felt very good going into the final lap. I came close to going down. I reassembled, mentally got in the right spot, and I think I qualified. It was a good race. Knowing that everyone else qualified gave me reason to believe that, "Why can't I?" That's why we are here, to make it through the rounds. It shows that Americans are coming back in the distances. I'm happy to be part of that group.

Darvis Patton (Grand Prairie, Texas), Men's 100 meters
I advanced, and that was the main goal. Top two, I didn't want to get by on time. It was a great day. Anytime you advance is a great day.

Michael Rodgers (Round Rock, Texas), Men's 100 meters
It was a great day. I qualified. I'm ready for tomorrow. I liked everything about the race. I'm just trying to polish up for tomorrow. I'm in great shape. We'll see how it goes tomorrow.

Tyson Gay (Clermont, Fla.), Men's 100 meters
That was about right. I haven't been doing any starts. I felt real good knowing I ran this race and I haven't even got the blocks yet.

Rae Edwards (Kansas City, Ks.), men's 100m qualifying
I'm ok now. I had a charlie horse that grabbed me before the race but I ran through. I'm ok, I just have to go get a massage.

Johnny Dutch (Clayton, N.C.), Men's 400 hurdles
The guys inside of me were running really hard. It was the first race. I'm going to try to bring it home. (After being tended to my medical teams in the mixed zone.) I haven't felt like that in a while. I'm glad I got this out of my system, literally. I'm feeling better now. I'll be ready. Hopefully, I won't be nauseated.

Bershawn Jackson (Savoy, Ill.), Men's 400 hurdles
I hurt my hamstring in practice. My leg has been hurting for the past week and a half. It was my first run in a while. I was pretty nervous about the outcome. My game plan was to go out pretty slow, and come on hard. You don't want to put out too much in the first 100. It was pretty tight. I'm so used to being out hard in the first hurdle. My coaches were saying to work it pretty smart. Just make it through the first round. The first round doesn't mean anything anyway. The hamstring was nothing serious. It was nagging me a bit. A couple of days ago, I didn't think I would get through to the championships.

Kerron Clement (Gainesville, Fla.), Men's 400 hurdles
It was really good. I'm really excited. I'm going to go out into the second round and do the same thing. I just have to be more fluid, more consistent. I had a good, sharp time, today. I need a good, sharp time tomorrow to get to the finals.

Angelo Taylor (Atlanta, Ga.), Men's 400 hurdles
I got off to a pretty good start. I didn't have it coming home. I had some bad hurdles and lost a lot of time. I felt very strong coming off the last hurdle. I thought I had third sewn up. But they have me fourth place.

Chelsea Johnson (Los Angeles, Calif.), Women's Pole Vault
It started out a little rough, with me having to make the opening height on my first attempt. I did what I wanted to do, and that's compete in the finals.

Jillian Schwartz (Jonesboro, Ark.), Women's Pole Vault
It wasn't very good today. I was a little bit inconsistent. It took 4.50m with no misses to make the finals. I felt pretty good, considering that I just got here two days ago and found out I was on the team four days ago.

Stacy Dragila (Chula Vista, Calif.), Women's Pole Vault
This wasn't the way I envisioned myself going out. I warmed up great, but I forgot to pole vault. My legs felt great but I couldn't connect with the pole.
Sometimes with the pole vault, you love it, and some days you really hate it, and today I didn't like it so much.
(on her legacy) When I came on the world scene, I encouraged my competitors to push me. Once they would jump better, then I would jump better. I never really wanted to be up there by myself. I hope that's part of what I'm leaving behind.

Bettie Wade (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Women's heptathlon
I'm disappointed. I fouled out in the shot put, and that took me out of the competition.
I'm gonna keep going tomorrow. It's such an honor to be a part of Team USA. I'll take the experience from this meet and come 2011, I'll be ready.

Sharon Day (Costa Mesa, Calif.), women's heptathlon
Overall, I thought today was a great day. I came pretty close to my first day PR. I didn't have a good 200, but overall, I'm pleased.
I'm ready to put it out there in the long jump tomorrow. It's been a long time since I've had a PR.

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