BERLIN - With two-and-a-half events remaining, Trey Hardee continues to lead the decathlon at the conclusion of a marathon-esque morning session Thursday at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics at the 1936 Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany.
Hardee's hot streak continues
Trey Hardee shot back into the lead in the men's decathlon by winning heat 2 of the 110-meter hurdles in a season best 13.86. It was the fastest time of the day and moved Hardee back into first place with 5,504 points. Ashton Eaton took fifth in that heat in 14.28 and moved to sixth overall with 5,294 points and Jake Arnold was sixth in 14.40 and moved to 24th with 4,884 points.
Hardee extended his point total to 6,334 and extended his lead after a season best 48.08m/157-9 toss in the discus. Eaton fell to 11th place overall after his toss of 37.15m/121-10 and Arnold moved up to 22nd with his toss of 43.23m/141-10.
At press time, Hardee had cleared 5.20m/17-0.75 on his first attempt and was waiting for the next height. Eaton cleared 5.00m/16-4.75 and Arnold had a first attempt clearance at 4.70m/15-5 before passing to 4.90m/16-0.75, at which point he had three misses and went out.
Campbell, Cosby qualify for hammer final
For the first time since 1999, Team USA will have two women in the hammer throw final. 2008 Olympian and three-time USA Outdoor champion Jessica Cosby automatically qualified for the final in the women's hammer throw on her first attempt with a personal best heave of 72.21m/236-11. 2008 Olympian and three-time USA Indoor champion Amber Campbell had a best effort of 70.54m/231-5 that placed her 10th overall in qualifying and advanced her to the final. 2004 Olympian Erin Gilreath finished 25th with 66.72m/218-11 and did not advance.
Symmonds, Robinson go to semifinal
2008 Olympian and two-time USA Outdoor champion Nick Symmonds ran a comfortable race in heat 2 of the first round of the 800m, kicking at the end to win his heat in 1:47.12 and move on the semifinal. Four-time USA Outdoor champion Khadevis Robinson easily advanced to the next round with his third place finish in heat 4 in 1:46.79. 2006 NCAA Outdoor champion Ryan Brown finished fifth in heat 3 in 1:46.97 and did not advance.
Miles vaults into final
With a first attempt clearance at 5.55m/18-2.5 before bowing out at 5.65m/18-6.5 with three misses, 2008 Olympic Games fourth-place finisher Derek Miles tied for twelfth place in men's pole vault qualifying and advanced to Saturday's final. 2009 USA Indoor champion Jeremy Scott finished 16th, also at 5.55m/18-2.5, but did not advance due to the two attempts he needed to clear that height.
Just months after having surgery on his hip, 2004 Olympic silver medalist Toby Stevenson qualified for his second World Outdoor team with his fourth-place finish at the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships. But it was not meant to be for Stevenson, who had a second attempt clearance at his opening height of 5.40m/17-8.5 before going out with three misses at 5.55m/18-2.5.
Defending world champion Brad Walker on Thursday morning withdrew from men's pole vault competition due to injuries sustained July 28 at the Herculis meet in Monaco. While competing in Monaco, Walker landed partly off the mat on one of his attempts, causing his hips to hit the ground. The result was trauma to his pubic symphis joint. According to Walker's agent, Peter Stubbs, "Every time he runs, it causes movement of the joint and extreme pain. To avoid a potentially career-ending injury, Brad has made the very difficult decision to withdraw."
Team USA Medal Table - 2009 World Championships in Athletics
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
Tyson Gay (Clermont, Fla.), men's 100 meters, 9.71
Chelsea Johnson (Los Angeles, Calif.), women's pole vault 4.65m/15-3
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.
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2009 IAAF World Athletics Championships Day 6 Team USA morning quotes
Nick Symmonds (Springfield, Ore.), Men's 800
I had to match all the moves down the stretch and make sure that nothing terrible happens. I felt good enough. I made a couple of spurges that I didn't want to have to make. But that's the way you get through the rounds. I was in good position with 100 to go. The stadium is one of the best I have ever raced in. It's beautiful. I like the layout. I love the free and open grounds around it that I can warm up in. The track is fine. I ran my PB on a track much like this one.
Ryan Brown (Seattle), Men's 800
The race was faster then I expected to be off the first 200. At first, I was worried, but then I thought it was good. There are time qualifiers, too. I kind of got caught in the back. A guy fell at about 450, and that's when the race started to pick up. I got a little bit detached from the leaders a little bit. I had to catch up through 600 and catch up through 700. It feels good. I ran sub-1:47. It's my first time here and I wanted to get some experience. If I make it through to the next round, it's even more bonus. It's been a wonderful experience. I love this. This is what track is all about. I want to come back every time I can.
Khadevis Robinson (Santa Monica, Calif.), Men's 800
Getting in is what matters. What you saw in all the other races, women's 800 and some of the other heats, some of the women barely got it, but they got in and did really well. It was the same thing in the 400 and the hurdles. But you never know what happens the next day. I had a pretty tough heat. I wasn't too concerned at first. But then I realized I have the Olympic champion and the world champion in my heat. I had to stay focused. I made it through, though I didn't do as well as I thought I should have. Who knows? We all have days where one day you feel bad and the next day you feel great, and vice versa. I'm hoping tomorrow feel like today and I can compete. If my body does what I trained it to do, I will be fine.
Derek Miles (Tea, South Dakota), men's pole vault
It was a bit of a stain on a good pair of underwear; that's what that is. There were some jumps that I timed up really well, and some jumps where I was fighting it. Fortunately, I have my coach here, so we can go back and talk about things that I was missing.
I know I'm capable of jumping well; I just cleared 19 feet 5 days ago easy. I just need to find my rhythm down the runway. When I'm timed up the runway and I'm running well, the jump's easy. I got three hours of sleep last night, and the body's firing and missing.
Jeremy Scott (Brookland, Arkansas), men's pole vault
It was a struggle the whole day. I'm not happy; the qualifying height was well within my range, and I just couldn't get things going in the right direction.
I was working on my run-up when I got over here to Europe, and I got that down. The transition from the run to the jump wasn't real fluid. I felt a little bit out of myself today. I had two or three jumps where I felt, 'What just happened?', when normally I can tell right away what I just did.
Jessica Cosby (Mission Hills, Calif.), women's hammer throw
BR>The one-and-done is better (than the personal best). You come in here and that's your goal for anybody in the throws. Try to hit it on your first, get out and rest up for the finals. I'm glad that I was able to do that. The personal best was also a good thing, too. But I am more happy to be moving on to the finals.
Coming in, I was focused on doing my best. I was going to attack each throw, if it came down to taking three throws. That's something I have been preparing for in practice. I'm glad I was able to execute on the first throw. The throw felt good. I have a little more in the tank. I'm going to rest and we'll see what happens in the finals.
Erin Gilreath (Munice, Ind.), women's hammer throw
It was interesting. I don't what else to say about it. I've been training really great since I got here. Considering the season I had last year where I finished 12th at the Olympic Trials and not going to Beijing, it was really just a goal to come back and compete at this level. A small goal was completed as I got on the team. I wanted to try and make the final, but that didn't work out. I'm going to go home, visit with my family, go to a friend's wedding, then start training again.
Amber Campbell (Myrtle Beach, S.C.), women's hammer throw
(On her second throw) I knew the throw was good. I tried to relax into it, letting my arms and legs do the work. I was happy with the result. I wasn't quite sure that I made it because I was right on that bubble, at about eighth or ninth. I wasn't relaxed until the last thrower made her throw. It wasn't a sure thing until I saw my name on the board in the top 12. Then we are good.
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