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Athletics: Lagat wins 1,500m bronze in Berlin

BERLIN - Two-time Olympic medalist Bernard Lagat came storming back from behind in the men's 1,500m final to win the bronze medal Wednesday evening at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics at the 1936 Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany.

2007 world 1,500m and 5,000m champion Bernard Lagat (Tucson, Ariz.) broke quickly at the gun and assumed command for the first 100 meters of the men's 1,500m final before drifting back into second place where he settled in for the better part of the next two laps.

With two laps to go the entire field remained in a single pack with about 10 yards separating the front from the back. At the bell, Lagat was third with 2008 Olympian and 2009 USA Outdoor 1,500m champion Lopez Lomong (Tucson, Ariz.) in sixth place.

With 200 meters left, Lagat had drifted back to eighth place, and with 80 meters remaining Lagat was in fifth place on the rail and blocked in with no place to go, when all of a sudden he jumped out to lane 3 and kicked it into gear. Lagat's famous kick served him well as he made up ground on the field and managed to take over third place by the time he crossed the finish line in 3:36.20. With his win, Lagat becomes the first American man to win two medals in the 1,500m at the World Outdoor Championships. National Track & Field Hall of Famer Steve Scott won the silver medal in 1983, and Jim Spivey won bronze in 1987.

2008 Olympic Games 800m fifth-place finisher Yusuf Saad Kamel (BRN) won the race in 3:35.93, with Deresse Mekonnen (ETH) finishing as the runner-up in 3:36.01.

Lomong, who finished 12th in his semifinal at the 2008 Olympics, finished eighth in the final in 3:37.62, and 2008 Olympian and 2008 NCAA 1,500m champion Leonel Manzano (Austin, Tex.) finished 12th in 3:40.05. This marked the first time that three Americans have competed in a 1,500m final at a World Outdoor Championships.

Malone has best finish ever at Worlds or Olympic Games

2004 Olympian and 1996 World Junior champion Casey Malone saved his best throw for last and ended up with his best placing ever in a men's discus final at a major international championship.

Malone's sixth and final throw of 66.06 meters/216 feet 9 inches was good enough for fifth place in the final standings. Malone's previous best placing at a Worlds or Olympics was when he finished sixth at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Malone's fifth-place finish was the best by an American since Ian Waltz placed fifth at the 2005 Championships in Helsinki.

2004 Olympian and 2009 USA Championships runner-up Jarred Rome, who finished seventh in 2005 in Helsinki, finished 11th this evening with a best of 62.47m/204-11.

Hardee, Eaton in decathlon medal contention

After posting a personal best earlier this morning in the long jump (7.83m/25-8.25)and holding the lead in the competition after three events,reigning U.S. decathlon champion and 2008 Olympic Trials runner-up Trey Hardee (Austin, Tex.) currently sits in third place with five more events scheduled for tomorrow.

Hardee ended the day by easily winning his heat of the 400 meters in a season's best time of 48.13 seconds, and has tallied 4,511 points over the first five events. He sits just one point behind first day second placer Junior Diaz of Cuba and trails leader Oleksiy Kasyanov (UKR) by 44 points.

Two-time NCAA champion and 2009 USA Outdoor Championships runner-up Ashton Eaton (Eugene, Ore.) also set a personal best in today's long jump (7.85m/25-9.25). Eaton currently sits in fifth place with 4,355 points.

Two-time NCAA champion Jake Arnold (Santa Rosa, Calif.) finished day 1 of the decathlon in 27th place with 3,960 points. The competition starts again at 10:05 a.m. local time with the 110m hurdles.

Harper posts personal best in 100m hurdles semis

Reigning Olympic and U.S. champion Dawn Harper (Los Angeles, Calif.), who set a new personal best earlier this evening in the women's 100m hurdles semis (12.48), was not as fortunate a couple hours later in the final at Olympic Stadium.

Shortly after the gun went off Harper hit the second hurdle and that threw her rhythm off for the remainder of the race and she finished seventh in 12.81 seconds. Two-time USA Outdoor champion and 2005 World Championships fifth-place finisher Ginnie Powell crossed the finish line in sixth place in 12.81.

Jamaican 2008 Olympic Games finalist Brigitte Foster-Hylton won the race in a season's best 12.51, with Canada's 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Priscilla Lopes-Schliep the runner-up in 12.54. Jamaican Olympic finalist Delloreen Ennis-London finished third in a season's best 12.55.

2008 Olympic Games fourth-place finisher Damu Cherry (Winter Garden, Fla.) finished third in the second of three semi finals in 12.76 and did not advance.

Crawford, Spearmon & Clark move on to men's 200m final

2004 Olympic gold medalist and 2008 Olympic silver medalist Shawn Crawford (Los Angeles, Calif.), looked strong running out of lane six in the first of two semifinals in the men's 200 meters. Crawford qualified for the final with little difficulty, finishing third in 20.35 seconds.

2005 World Outdoor Championships silver medalist and 2007 world championships bronze medalist Wallace Spearmon (College Station, Tex.) broke well at the gun in the second semi final and had the lead after the first 100 meters. Spearmon kept the quick opening pace up the rest of the way and won easily in 20.14.

Crawford and Spearmon will be joined in Thursday night's final by 2009 NCAA Outdoor champion and runner-up at the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships Charles Clark of Virginia Beach, Va. Although he's a rookie at the World Championships, Clark showed a great deal of poise in finishing third by running a season's best time of 20.27 in the second semi final.

Wariner, Merritt advance to 400m final

2004 Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion Jeremy Wariner (Waco, Texas) clearly held the lead with 200 meters to go in the first of three men's 200m semifinals. Wariner, who ran in bright red shoes, ran comfortably the rest of the way before crossing the finish line first in 44.69.

2008 Olympic gold medalist and world ranked #1 LaShawn Merritt (Suffolk, Va.) ran the fastest time in the world this season in winning heat 2 in 44.37. Merritt's performance betters his own previous world leader of 44.50 from his win in Baie Mahault on May 1. Wariner and Merritt will next do battle Friday night in the men's 400m final.

Fourth place finisher at the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships Lionel Larry (Compton, Calif.) finished sixth in the third semifinal in 45.85 and will not advance.

Team USA women all advance in 200 meters

Two-time world champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist Allyson Felix (Santa Clarita, Calif.) put it on cruise control with 60 meters remaining in the third of six opening round heats in the women's 200 meters. Felix sailed through to the next round with an easy win in 22.88 seconds.

2008 Olympic Games fourth-place finisher Muna Lee (College Station, Tex.) ran out of lane 7 in heat 2 and grabbed command of the race at the top of the straightaway. Lee went on to win the race in a season's best time of 22.76.

2008 Olympic Games fifth-place finisher Marshevet Hooker (Pflugerville, Tex.) responded to the challenge of running in lane 8 of heat 4 by winning in a season's best time of 22.51. 2009 USA Outdoor Championships fourth-place finisher Charonda Williams (Richmond, Calif.) looked strong in her first ever action at a World Outdoor Championships in finishing second in heat 1 in 23.08. The semi finals will take place Thursday evening.

Team USA Medal Table - 2009 World Championships in Athletics

Gold (3)
Christian Cantwell (Columbia, Mo.), men's shot put, 22.03m/72-3.50
Sanya Richards (Austin, Tex.), women's 400m, 49.00
Kerron Clement (Gainesville, Fla.) men's 400m hurdles, 47.91

Silver (2)
Tyson Gay (Clermont, Fla.), men's 100 meters, 19.71
Chelsea Johnson (Los Angeles, Calif.), women's pole vault 4.65m/15-3

Bronze (3)
Carmelita Jeter (Inglewood, Calif.) women's 100 meters, 10.90
Bershawn Jackson (Savoy, Ill.) men's 400m hurdles, 48.23
Bernard Lagat (Tucson, Ariz.) men's 1,500 meters, 3:36.20.

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.

2009 IAAF World Athletics Championships Day 5 Team USA evening quotes

Bernard Lagat (Tuscon, Ariz.), Men's 1,500 meters bronze medalist
That was the hardest box ever. This is a box that was happening a little too close to the finish. Normally, when it happens, with 300 meters to go, you can make your way out of it. This one happened at the wrong place, with 150 meters to go. I couldn't do anything.

Lopez Lomong (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 8th in Men's 1,500 meters
It's good, it's hard and it's nice. This was a good experience for me. It was fun here, running with the best of the best in the world. It was fantastic. I was right up there. I was caught up in a little situation. I got boxed in a little bit. I'm not going to beat myself up just because I lost today. I'm going to use this for my confidence and get ready to go. I hope for next time it will be a little bit different. I had a great time here in Berlin. I talked to Bernard. I congratulated him. He ran a fantastic race. He was able to bring home a bronze medal.

Leonel Manzano (Austin, Texas), 12th in Men's 1,500 meters
These guys are the best in the world. I was glad to be in the mix. It was a great race for everybody. You work very hard. You can't make any mistakes when you are competing at this level. The big goal was to make the world championship team. The next goal was to advance to the finals. Once in the finals, I was going to give it a good go. I tried to give a good go. I gave it my best. The first couple of laps, I tried to get in there. I gave it a good shot. It didn't happen. I don't think I'm disappointed. Finishing 12th in the world isn't that bad. It was a great season and the season is still going on.

Ginnie Powell (Los Angeles, California), 6th in Women's 100 meter hurdles
The race was very messy. I felt good, especially over the first four hurdles, and then I was trying to press so hard that I was clipping hurdles. I clipped one real bad and that threw me off.
It's sad that two of America's top hurdlers couldn't medal, and especially under Bob Kersee. It's the first time in a long time that he didn't get a medal in a major meet.
Anyone on that starting line could have won that race. (One of the girls) was saying that if you make one little mechanical mistake, no matter how fit or strong you are, it's over.

Dawn Harper (Los Angeles, California), 7th in Women's 100 meter hurdles
I had a real good start. I hit hurdle 2, and there's not really much you can do when you hit it. I hit it real hard and I almost fell. It's hard to regroup when you're chasing 12.51.
I feel like I let my coach down (Bob Kersee). Ginnie and I were both ready to go. We just didn't execute our race.
You cannot count out anyone in that race. Everyone there was ready to go.

Casey Malone (Ft. Collins, Colorado), 5th in Men's discus
This German crowd was really incredible. They were cheering for everybody, and especially for Robert (Harting) the loudest. These folks really know their discus out here.
I felt like my throws got better and better as the competition went on. It's funny that I kept throwing better and better but I could never throw out of that fifth spot. Technically speaking, my throws got more relaxed towards the end. I wished I had more throws. Maybe I could have gotten fourth, but I wished I could've gotten that one big throw.

Ashton Eaton (Eugene, Oregon), Men's decathlon
Coming into this meet, I knew that Trey (Hardee) and I were the fastest, so I wanted to set the tone early.
I felt good going into the long jump, and was excited about that PR. The shot was tough to manage. It's going to be a while before I am competitive in that, so I have to manage it. The high jump is something I'm a bit inconsistent with.
The key to the decathlon is consistency. I just have to do my normal stuff.

Trey Hardee (Austin, Texas), Men's decathlon
I came out like a cannon in the first three events, Point wise, I have to be happy with where I'm at, and I'm looking forward to getting some rest.
I'm looking forward to an exciting second day. These guys are excellent competitors.

Shawn Crawford (Los Angeles), Men s 200 meters, semifinals
I was hoping that would be a sub-20 race. I have to change my race strategy. That strategy right there is for the birds. Trying to run hard from the blocks to the turn is not for me. I think the final is going to be fast. My goal is to run 19.51. I would be very happy with that.

Wallace Spearmon (College Station, Texas), Men s 200 meters, semifinals
It was pretty good. I've been trying to go out there and run a little bit harder in each round. But at the same time, I know Usain Bolt is an animal, and I am going to have the best race of my life to beat in the finals. I look forward to my chances and I look forward to tomorrow. I'm going to look for a PR tomorrow and try to get on that medal stand.

Charles Clark (Virginia Beach, Va.), Men s 200 meters, semifinals
My goal was to go out there, run hard and make it to the finals. It's an honor to be here to represent the USA. I take pride in that.

Allyson, Felix (Santa Clarita, Calif.), Women's 200 meter, first round
I felt good. I wanted to come out and focus on the start and control the race from there. I want a personal best. I'd love to defend my title here in this stadium. That would definitely be special.

Muna Lee (College Station, Texas), Women's 200 meter, first round
I ran more in control. I got some sleep. I'm just taking a day at a time. I want to be in control of my race. I don't want to mess up.

Marshevet Hooker (Pflugerville, Texas), Women's 200 meter, first round
I felt really good. I worked really hard. I didn't know if I was going to see anybody. (Running in Lane 8) It was the first time I have ever run in Lane 8. My main goal was not to see anybody. Now I know I can do it. It's one more thing to add to the resume.

Charonda Williams (Richmond, Calif.), Women's 200 meter, first round
I have been waiting for this. Now it's finally here. I just have to run the rounds. My race went pretty well. I was racing just to make it to the next round, which I have accomplished. I ran relaxed and good. I like my start. I was very aggressive there.

Jarred Rome (Chula Vista, Calif.), Men's Discus
I felt great yesterday. My legs felt great. My technique felt good. Everything felt good. Then today, nothing felt good. I couldn't even hit one throw. I had high expectations and I don't even know what happened.

Damu Cherry (Winter Garden, Fla.), Women's 100 hurdles, semifinals
If I'm supposed to be in the final, I will be there. If not, I gave it my best effort.

Lionel Larry (Compton, California), Men's 400 meters
It was a lot better than the last time I came to the world championships, when I didn't finish. I can walk away with some dignity in my head so I can't be too mad.

LaShawn Merritt (Suffolk, Virginia), Men's 400 meters
I set it up real good. I had a great race. I wanted to come out today and set the bar. I wanted to set the tone today.
I moved a little bit harder than I did yesterday, and that's what makes my times drop. I'm the type of person that thrives off adrenaline, considering the crowd is great and the track is great.
I didn't run as hard as I could have, as I wanted to save a little bit for the final on Friday. People are ready to come and run hard--this is the biggest competition of this year.
I'm expecting a win--it's not really a time. What it takes to win is what I'm gonna run.

Jeremy Wariner (Waco, Texas), Men's 400 meters
It was real good.

**Beginning tomorrow, quotes will be posted LIVE to USATF.org in the evening sessions, updating periodically throughout the competition.

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