BERLIN - Trey Hardee won the gold medal in the decathlon and four other Team USA stars won medals Thursday evening at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics at the 1936 Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany.
Reigning U.S. decathlon champion and 2008 Olympic Trials runner-up Trey Hardee (Austin, Tex.) began this evening's final three events by clearing 5.20m/17-0.75 (only 5 centimeters shy of his PR) in the pole vault, which gave him 972 points and the lead in the competition after eight events with 7,306 points.
Hardee followed that performance with a personal best javelin throw of 68.00 meters/223 feet 1 inch and held the lead with just the 1,500 meters remaining with 8,165 points and a 264 point lead over his nearest competitor, Aleksandr Pogorelov of Russia.
Hardee finished the 1,500 meters in 4:48.91, which sealed his victory with a new personal best score of 8,790 points, which bettered his previous PR of 8,534 by a whopping 256 points. Leonel Suarez of Cuba was the runner-up with 8,640 points, and Pogorelov was third with 8,528 points.
Hardee is now the #3 all-time American in the decathlon behind only Dan O'Brien and Bryan Clay. Hardee joins O'Brien (1991, 1993, 1995), Tom Pappas (2003) and Clay (2005) as the only Americans ever to win the world decathlon title.
Two-time NCAA champion and 2009 USA Outdoor Championships runner-up Ashton Eaton (Eugene, Ore.) finished 18th with 8,061 points, and two-time NCAA champion Jake Arnold (Santa Rosa, Calif.) finished 24th with 7,837 points.
Demus captures silver in 400m hurdles final
2005 World Outdoor silver medalist and current world leader (52.63, July 28) Lashinda Demus (Palmdale, Calif.) won her second career World Outdoor silver medal by placing second in the women's 400m hurdles in 52.96 seconds.
Jamaica's Melanie Walker posted the second-fastest time in history in winning the race in the new Championships record time of 52.42 seconds, with Trinidad's Josanne Lucas setting a national record with her bronze medal winning time of 53.20.2008 Olympic Trials champion Tiffany Williams (Orlando, Fla.) posted a season's best time of 53.83 in finishing fifth.
Bolt strikes again, Spearmon wins bronze in men's 200m final
After lowering the men's 100m world record on Sunday to an unimaginable 9.58 seconds, Jamaican Usain Bolt lowered his own world 200m record of 19.30 to an unfathomable 19.19 seconds in winning the world title at Olympic Stadium.
2005 World Outdoor Championships silver medalist and 2007 world championships bronze medalist Wallace Spearmon (College Station, Tex.) added another world champs medal to his collection when he finished third in the a season's best time of 19.85.2004 Olympic gold medalist and 2008 Olympic silver medalist Shawn Crawford (Los Angeles, Calif.), also ran a season's best of 19.89 seconds in finishing fourth.2009 NCAA Outdoor champion and runner-up at the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships Charles Clark (Virginia Beach, Va.) finished sixth in 20.39.
Trammell, Payne capture 110m hurdles medals
Two U.S. hurdlers answered the gun in the men's 110m hurdles final and both of them won medals tonight at Olympic Stadiumin a race that ended with a three-way photo-finish.
Two-time Olympic Games silver medalist Terrence Trammell (Ellenwood, Ga.) won his third career world outdoor championships silver medal when he crossed the finish line in 13.15 seconds. Trammell also won world champs silver in 2003 and 2007. Trammell came tantalizingly close to the gold medal, falling short by the narrowest of margins to 2008 Olympic semi finalist Ryan Brathwaite (BAR) who crossed the line first in 13.14.
2008 Olympic Games silver medalist and 2007 world championships bronze medalist David Payne (Covington, Ky.) ran stride-for-stride with Trammell with both of them stopping the clocks at 13.15. Trammell was judged to finish barely ahead of Payne, who took the bronze.
Felix, Lee sail through women's 200m semifinals
Two-time world champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist Allyson Felix (Santa Clarita, Calif.) worked hard for 140 meters before cruising to the finish in heat 2 of three women's 200m semifinals. Felix sailed to the finish unchallenged, winning easily in 22.44 seconds.
2008 Olympic Games fourth-place finisher Muna Lee (College Station, Tex.) ran a season's best of 22.30 in winning heat 3. Felix and Lee will advance to Friday night's final.
2009 USA Outdoor Championships fourth-place finisher Charonda Williams (Richmond, Calif.) finished fifth in heat 2 in 22.81 and did not advance. 2008 Olympic Games fifth-place finisher Marshevet Hooker (Pflugerville, Tex.) ran in heat 1 of the semifinals and did not finish, pulling up around the curve with a hamstring strain.
Howard places seventh in women's high jump
2005 World Outdoor silver medalist Chaunte Howard (Snellville, Ga.) had a best clearancein the women's high jump of 1.96m/6-5, which tied her for seventh-place with Sweden's Emma Green, who cleared the identical height. Four-time Olympian and eight-time world outdoor championships team member Amy Acuff (Isleton, Calif.) cleared one height at 1.87m/6-1.50.
Lagat, Tegenkamp & Solinsky advance to 5,000m final
Reigning world outdoor champion Bernard Lagat (Tucson, Ariz.) started the second of two opening round heats of the men's 5,000 meters in the middle of the pack and stayed there until late in the race when he moved up to fourth place where he finished in 13:23.73, easily moving to the final on Sunday. Lagat was spiked in the race and received a few stitches. He's expected to be fine for the final
2008 USA Junior champion Evan Jager (Beaverton, Ore.) finished 11th in that heat in 13:39.80and did not advance.
2007 world outdoor championships fourth-place finisher and reigning U.S. champion Matt Tegenkamp (Portland, Ore.) stayed among the top six runners throughout the first 5,000m opening round heat and began his finishing kick with a little more than 300 meters to go.
Tegenkamp moved through the field quickly, and with 200 meters remaining he was in second place behind only Olympic gold medalist and 2009 World 10,000m champion Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia. Tegenkamp finished second behind Bekele in 13:19.77, which was the second-fastest time of the night. Bekele won the race in 13:19.73. 2009 USA Outdoor Championships runner-up Chris Solinsky (Madison, Wis.) also ran a strong race in the first qualifying heat. Solinsky was in sixth place at the bell and held on to that position at the finish, clocking in at 13:20.64. Solinsky's time was sixth overall and he made the final on time.
Lagat, Tegenkamp and Solinsky will all compete in Sunday's final. This marks the second consecutive world championships that three Team USA athletes will compete in the men's 5,000m final. In 2007 the participating team members were Lagat, Tegenkamp and Adam Goucher.
Phillips advances to long jump final
Anyone getting to their seats at all late this evening at the Olympic Stadium would've missed seeing two-time world outdoor men's champion and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Dwight Phillips (Snellville, Ga.) in his one and only attempt in men's long jump qualifying.
Phillips ran down the runway and soared to 8.44 meters/27 feet 8.25 inches. Phillips easily surpassed the automatic standard for finals qualification of 8.15m/26-9, and his jump was the longest of theday. Phillips will attempt to win his third world outdoor champs gold medal in the final on Saturday.
2008 Olympian and 2006 USA Outdoor champion Brian Johnson (Zachary, La.) will join Phillips in the final, as the seventh best qualifier with his best of 8.09m/26-6.50. 2008 Olympian and tenth-place finisher at the 2007 world championships Miguel Pate (St. Francisville, La.) had a best leap of 7.61m/24-11.75and did not advance.
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
Trey Hardee (Austin, Tex.) men's decathlon, 8,790 points
Tyson Gay (Clermont, Fla.), men's 100 meters, 19.71
Chelsea Johnson (Los Angeles, Calif.), women's pole vault, 4.65m/15-3
Lashinda Demus (Palmdale, Calif.), women's 400m hurdles, 52.96
Terrence Trammell (Atlanta, Ga.), men's 110m hurdles, 13.15
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
Wallace Spearmon (College Station, Tex.) men's 200m, 19.85
David Payne (Covington, Ky.) men's 110m hurdles, 13.15
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2009 IAAF World Athletics Championships Day 6 Team USA evening quotes
Trey Hardee (Austin, Texas), men's decathlon gold medalist
"I think I've said it a million times tonight, Everything happens for a reason, and I'm honored. I feel like I represented the people to the best of my ability, and you can't ask for anything more.
This victory isn't as sweet without last year (when he no-heighted in the pole vault). That was great motivation, unbelievable motivation for this past fall, the spring, and my mental preparation going into this meet.
The shot put was big-it was exciting. The javelin's going to go far.
After the Texas Relays when I strained my hamstring, we didn't do anything for six weeks, and then to go to Gotzis and almost PR set the tone for the rest of this season.
After the confidence we got from Gotzis, we trained right through USAs.
The decathlon is a two day physical and emotional battle with yourself and with the field. I'm getting better at that, and getting better at all ten events.
Jake Arnold (Tuscon, Arizona), Men's decathlon
I started out with a PR in the first event and I thought that this was going to be a great meet. I finished, and I'm glad I'm here at worlds. Even with one of my worst days, I was still 24th. I wished I could have done better.
I've been lucky in my decathlon career in that when I have a bad event, I turn around and PR in the next event
Ashton Eaton (Eugene, Oregon), Men's decathlon
I felt good just being here. The fact that I got over 8000 points again is good for me, especially this late in the season. This is my fifth decathlon this year.
The hurdles weren't so great. The discus wasn't so great. I was around my PR during the pole vault, but it was in the middle of the day when it was getting so hot. The javelin was just an average event for me. By the time the 1500 got around, I was just happy to be with the guys.
My plane actually leaves in five hours! I go from here to Amsterdam, and then to Portland.
Tiffany Williams (Kissimmee, Fla.), 5th in Women's 400-meter hurdles
I gave it my all. I got a season best. Technically, it was a great race. I'm thankful to God. I'm disappointed I didn't get a medal. But I am thankful to God I got here.
Lashinda Demus (Palmdale, Calif.), Women's 400-meter hurdles silver medalist
I had a bad technical race. I could run much better. I'm so disappointed. I messed it up in the final race. But it happened. I haven't been to a championship in a couple of years. I can't be upset with getting a silver medal. I will look toward the future. I know I can do better.
Charles Clark (Virginia Beach, Va.), 6th in Men's 200
With this crowd, I was so happy to be pout there. To race against the world and be No. 6, I am so blessed. I am thankful for the opportunity. I'm thankful for all the support I get back home.
Shawn Crawford (Los Angeles), 4th in Men's 200
I wanted to come out and run a personal best. But I can't complain. I did what I could do to pick those guys off as fast as I could.
(On Usain Bolt) I felt like I was in a video game and that guy was moving. I think my race was pretty good compared to what I felt in the quarters. I felt good to go up under 20. I was hoping to go 19.51, but that didn't happen. I think I ran a pretty good race for running in Lane 8. The first part I liked, about 150, 160. Then I started breaking down and couldn't keep my knees up. Up to that point, I really enjoyed the race.
Wallace Spearmon (College Station, Texas), Men's 200 bronze medalist
It's another world record race I have been in. Usain Bolt is a great competitor. He's Jamaican, he's fast and he's what the world needs in track and field right now. I'm so happy I can finish the race, come to the medal stand and not be disqualified this year. I ran a great race, I can't complain. I was hoping for at least a silver, but I got a bronze. I'm one of the top three. I ran a season best. I was hoping to run a little bit harder on the turn. It might have seemed like I ran a good turn. But I went out there and I tried. I started training in February. Anything I did this year was a blessing.
David Payne (Covington, Ky.), Men's 110 high hurdles
I wanted to win the gold. I was in contention for the gold. I hit a hurdle I kind of fell back. I still tried to go with the pace. I tried to catch Terrence. But they gave him the silver. I'm glad for my teammate. We both got medals. But at the same time, we both wanted the gold. It was a good race.
Terrence Trammell (Atlanta), Men's 110 high hurdles
I think between 5 and 9 or 6 and 9, that normally where I make a surge. At that point in the race, where I get the surge, they got the lead. These things happen. I'm happy to make the podium again, especially after last year. That was a very tough injury to overcome. I'm grateful to be back. I'm looking forward to competing in more races. I didn't get a good start. But between 2 and 5, it was really good.
Dwight Phillips (Snellville, Ga.), Men's long jump
That was what my plan was. I know that I am fit. I knew that 8.15 would be an easy mark for me. I'm just looking forward to Saturday and produce a great effort. I wanted to get a good, decent jump. I had to slow down a lot. I got the jump in. I'm going better prepare myself and be hyped for Saturday and I'm going to see how I can produce some better results.
Matt Tegenkamp (Portland, Ore.), men's 5,000 meters
It was a challenge. There was a lot of pushing and shoving. It was step one. That's all I can take out of it. That's what we train for to get people to the final. Now it's a clean slate and we all start from scratch on Sunday and get ready for a very hard final.
Chris Solinsky (Madison, Wisc.), men's 5,000 meters
It was a tough race. Being in the first heat, it's traditionally a little bit slow. To see the Kenyans work together at the beginning, I was very pleasantly surprised. It took a lot of stress off me. I'm confident in my abilities to finish. As soon as it came down to the top five, I could have done it. When they were running fast, I tried to chance a little bit by letting up. The fact that I was sixth, and when I saw the clock ticking down in the teens and I had only a few meters, I was confident 13:20 would be good enough.
Evan Jager (Beaverton, Ore.), Men's 5,000 meters
It was a great experience. I learned a lot from it. We got thrown in a rough situation. The first heat was fast. We had to run even faster to get 10 guys in. I think that's what the leaders decided to do with about 2K to go. They started pushing and it was a really long grind for me. I'm more of a kicker. I have more foot speed to close at the end of a race. I tend to run a decently fast, even paced race. It didn't play to my strength at all. It was kind of a hard situation to be in.
It was great competition. I was running with the best in the world. It was a lot of fun to get in and compete with those guys, bump elbows with them, literally. There was shoving and pushing through the entire race. You have to do that. Matt (Tegenkamp) told me not to be afraid to do that. It was my first real experience, getting out there and doing really getting physical, and running fast with a great time. It was a big thing I learned today. I definitely want to return. It makes it even better to know I have two more years to develop. I'm still really young. This was my first real year of training. I have never gone out with that much strength before this. It makes me excited knowing I have two more years until the next championship race. I know I am going to improve on my race.
Brian Johnson (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), Men's long jump
Glad to make it to the finals. I made it difficult for myself, but I'm glad to make my first final ever. This is a stepping stone, and now it's time to get ready for the finals. I don't think I was as aggressive (the first two rounds) as I was on the last one.
It was like, 'I just gotta run fast, and see what happens'.
Miguel Pate (St. Francisville, Louisiana), Men's long jump
It was a little rough tonight. I was banged up last month, and I've had foul problems, and the combination's finally caught up with me. I tried to move my step back, but the more I moved back, the more I reached for the board, and the more I did that, the more I hurt my back. During the set-up, I felt that I was out of position.
It may be emotions speaking, but I'm about ready to shut it down now.
Charonda Williams (Tempe, Arizona), Women's 200 meters
It was pretty tough. In the last 50 meters, I started pressing. It would have been better if I had stayed with my technique.
Allyson Felix (Los Angeles, California), Women's 200 meters
I felt like I conserved a lot of energy tonight. I'm looking forward to tomorrow.
Muna Lee (College Station, Texas), Women's 200 meters
It never seems that easy, but as long as I run technically correct, I won't feel any of the bad parts. Since I ran it right, I won't be sore tomorrow--that's the plan! I'm ready and I'm excited!
Amy Acuff (Isleton, California), 12th in women's high jump
I bet the house on a fast, aggressive approach that I know I can jump 2 meters on, but I couldn't time it. Tonight was either going to be very good or very bad. I wasn't going to use the approach that I can safely jump 1.95 or 1.96 with.
Chaunte Howard (Decatur, Georgia), 7th in women's high jump
It didn't go as well for me as I expected, but it was a fabulous competition to watch. Blanka (Vlasic) has had a few rough years where she's been so close, so it was nice to see her get it tonight. Ariane (Friedrich) had the weight of a country on her shoulder, so it was nice to see her get a medal as well.
It was even amazing to see how quiet the stadium got when Ariane said "shhhh!" It was exciting to watch and even more amazing to be participating.
My jump at 1.96 was a really great clearance, and I had a great clearance at 1.99--I just couldn't hold my hips up. It's heart breaking because you train all year for this moment.
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