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Athletics: Phillips follows in Jesse Owens' footsteps in Berlin

BERLIN - Dwight Phillips won the men's world long jump title for the third time Saturday evening at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics at the 1936 Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany.

The 2004 Olympic gold medalist, Phillips (Snellville, Ga.) won the event with his second attempt leap of 8.54 meters/28 feet .75 inch. Phillips joins National Track & Field Hall of Famer Jesse Owens as winners of the men's long jump competitions at the two major international championship competitions ever held here. In addition to winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at the 1936 Olympic Games, Owens won long jump gold medal in this stadium with a jump of 8.06m/26-5.50w.

Phillips received his gold medal from Jesse Owens' granddaughter Marlene Dortch. German 1936 Olympic long jump silver medalist Luz Long's granddaughter Julia-Vanessa Long awarded the silver medal to runner-up Godfrey Khotso Mokoena of South Africa (8.47m/27-9.50).

Phillips gave a hint of what was to come here in Berlin earlier this year when he easily won at the Nike Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., when he soared to 8.74 meters/28 feet 8.25 inches, which is the top mark in the world this year. That effort tied him with Larry Myricks and Erick Walder for the eighth-best outdoor mark in history, and the trio are also tied as the #5 performers all time. It was the longest jump in the world since National Track & Field Hall of Famer Mike Powell set the world record in 1991.

Phillips' three world titles (2003, 2005, 2009) tie Ivan Pedroso (1997, 1999, 2001) of Cuba for the most wins ever at this event.

2008 Olympian and 2006 USA Outdoor champion Brian Johnson (Zachary, La.) finished ninth with a best leap of 7.86m/25-9.50.

Cosby places seventh in women's hammer throw final

2008 Olympian and two-time U.S. champion Jessica Cosby (Mission Hills, Calif.) finished seventh in the women's hammer throw final with a best toss of 72.17 meters/236 feet 9 inches. For Cosby it was a huge improvement over her 2007 world outdoor championships performance in Osaka, Japan, when she finished 14th in qualifying.

2008 Olympian and three-time U.S. Nationals runner-up Amber Campbell (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) finished 11th with her second round throw of 70.08m/229-11. Poland's 2008 Olympic finalist Anita Wlodarczyk won the gold medal with a world record toss of 77.96m/255-9, and German Betty Heidler won the silver medal and her countrymen and women's hearts with her German national record heave of 77.12m/253-0.

Women's 4x100m relay qualifying

2005 world outdoor 100m champion and two-time world outdoor 4x100m relay gold medalist Lauryn Williams (Miami, Fla.) ran a strong lead leg for Team USA in the first round of qualifying in the women's 4x100m relay.

2006 USA Junior 100m champion Alexandria Anderson (Austin, Tex.) received the baton from Williams and ran well down the backstretch. Anderson and 200m fourth-place finisher Muna Lee didn't connect on their first attempt to pass the baton from the second to third leg, but on their second pass attempt, Lee appeared to grasp it. As she turned to continue running, she fell to the track with what was later diagnosed as a left hamstring strain. As she was taken to the medical area to be evaluated by Team USA staff, Lee's teammates, including scheduled anchor leg Carmelita Jeter, followed her to the area as the team did not finish.

The Team USA lineup of Williams, Allyson Felix, Lee and Jeter on August 8 in Cottbus, Germany, had run the seventh-fastest time in history and 2009 world leader, 41.58. Marshevet Hooker had originally been scheduled to run the third leg in Saturday's first round, but an injury she suffered during the semifinals of the women's 200 led to Lee filling in. Felix was to replace Anderson in the final for an order in the final of Williams-Felix-Lee-Jeter.

Jamaica won Saturday's final in 42.06, for the third-fastest time of the year behind Team USA and their own semifinal performance of 41.88.

Team USA moves on to men's 4x400m relay final

Two-time NCAA Outdoor Champs runner-up Lionel Larry (Compton, Calif.) got the Team USA 4x400m relay squad off to a good start with his lead leg in the men's first heat of 4x400m relay qualifying.

Two-time world 400m hurdles champion Kerron Clement (Gainesville, Fla.) took the baton from Larry and kept Team USA at the front until he handed control of the race to 2008 Olympic and 2009 World Outdoor Championships 400m hurdles bronze medalist Bershawn Jackson (Champaign, Ill.).

Jackson held a slight lead at the end of his third leg and it was up to two-time Olympic Games 4x400m relay gold medalist Angelo Taylor (Decatur, Ga.) to do the rest. Taylor was up to the challenge as he brought the stick to the finish line first in 3:01.40. Team USA will compete in tomorrow's traditional final event of the Championships, the men's 4x400m relay.

Team USA women's 4x400m relay quartet advances

Team USA had an easy time of it in heat 1 of the women's 4x400m relay qualifying. 2009 USA Outdoor Championships runner-up Debbie Dunn (Norfolk, Va.) ran a strong lead leg and held the lead when she handed the baton to 2008 Olympic 4x400m relay gold medalist and 2007 world champs relay gold medalist Natasha Hastings (Los Angeles, Calif.).

Hastings continued to build the lead and Two-time world junior championships 4x400m relay gold medalist Jessica Beard (College Station, Tex.) maintained a sizeable advantage for Team USA.

2009 world 400m champion and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Sanya Richards (Austin, Tex.) was not pressured as she completed the circuit and secured Team USA's win in 3:29.31

Women's 5,000m final

2007 world champs seventh-place finisher and three-time Olympian Jen Rhines (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) finished in ninth place with her time of 15:11.63. For Rhines, it was her third appearance in a world outdoor championships final.

Men's pole vault final

2008 Olympic Games fourth-place finisher Derek Miles (Tea, S.D.) had three attempts at 5.50m/18-0.50 and failed to clear. In Miles' last appearance at a world outdoor championships final he finished tied for sixth at the 2003 championships in Paris.

Team USA men's marathon team places 13th P>2004 Olympian Dan Browne (San Diego, Calif.) led the way for the U.S. men's marathon squad in the World Marathon Cup competition through the streets of Berlin.

Browne finished 24th in 2 hours 16 minutes 49 seconds, with Matt Gabrielson (Minneapolis, Minn.) finishing close behind in 2:18:41. Nate Jenkins (Lowell, Mass.) rounded out the Team USA scoring threesome by finishing 63rd in 2:32:16. Justin Young (Superior, Colo.) started the race but dropped out around the 30 km mark with a hip injury. Edwardo Torres (Boulder, Colo.) did not start due to an Achilles injury that flared up on Friday.

Kenya won the team title with a total time of 6:25:28, with Ethiopia second (6:32:26) and Japan third (6:41:05)

Team USA Medal Table - 2009 World Championships in Athletics
 
Gold (7)
Christian Cantwell (Columbia, Mo.), men's shot put, 22.03m/72-3.50
Sanya Richards (Austin, Tex.), women's 400 meters, 49.00
Kerron Clement (Gainesville, Fla.) men's 400m hurdles, 47.91
Trey Hardee (Austin, Tex.) men's decathlon, 8,790 points
Allyson Felix (Santa Clarita, Calif.) women's 200 meters, 22.02
LaShawn Merritt (Suffolk, Va.) men's 400 meters (44.06)
Dwight Phillips (Snellville, Ga.) men's long jump (8.54 meters/28 feet .75 inch)

Silver (5)
Tyson Gay (Clermont, Fla.), men's 100 meters, 9.71
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
Jeremy Wariner (Waco, Tex.), men's 400 meters, 44.60

Bronze (5)
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

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 8 Team USA quotes

Dwight Phillips (Snellville, Ga.), Men's long jump gold medalist
It started off in the beginning of the year. I had the opportunity to change coaches, with Loren Seagrave. He really guided me in the right direction at the beginning. He made sure I didn't over train or hurt myself. From there, I made a commitment. Everyday I trained, I was going to leave everything on the track. I was going to work hard and smart. It paid off today.
I am thankful for all the people who have helped me along the way this year. For winning this third championship, it means so much to me. In the beginning of the season, I was working extremely hard. I got my body balanced, so I had fewer injuries. In my first meet, I jumped 8.51. From then, I knew I was going to win the World Championship. I had never jumped so far that early in the season. Normally, I get better and better as the season goes along. I ran the 100 meters faster than I ever had. I was stronger than I had ever been. I expected to compete better than I ever had. I am just blessed that I was able to do that today.
(On Jesse Owens) First of all, he's been such a great icon for the sport and for humanity. He's been a great person. I had the opportunity to go to the museum this weekend. I see all the great pictures and the history behind it with Luz Long helping him achieve that mark. He was behind the board. That right there just spoke volumes of what type of person each one of those individuals were. For me, I was just honored to be able to come out here today to represent the United States and represent this JO symbol that's on our uniforms.
(Getting the medal from Marlene Dortch, Owens' granddaughter) That's just history looking right at me in the face. I am just so honored. Tomorrow, I get the opportunity to maybe talk to her more. I am looking forward to that. I'm so happy. I'm just at a loss for words.

Jessica Cosby (Mission Hills, California), Women's hammer throw
I thought I had another PR in me tonight. I'm a bit bummed out.

Amber Campbell (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina), Women's hammer throw
I did the best that I could tonight. It wasn't a bad throw today, but it took a little bit more. These girls were really getting after it tonight. I just have to step up my game a little more for the next one.

Derek Miles (Tea, South Dakota), Men's pole vault
The legs were just not there. When the legs aren't working, you can't move the pole.
I was on a decent sized pole that I should make 5.50 over easy. I just couldn't run the same three times in a row.

Jen Rhines (Mammoth Lakes, California), Women's 5000 meters
I was disappointed. I thought I would be a bit more competitive. I just didn't have it. I planned on making a move with about 3 or 4 laps to go, and felt like I was already struggling. I finished up the best that I could. I just didn't have the kind of race that I wanted to.

Natasha Hastings (Los Angeles, California), Women's 4 x 400 meters second leg
Honestly, we wanted just to get the stick around. We used safe passes. Debbie (Dunn, the first leg) really did all of the work, so I just had to bring the stick in the lead.

Jessica Beard (Euclid, Ohio), Women's 4 x 400 meters third leg
I was really trying to open up the gap that I was given, so Sanya (Richards, the anchor leg) could have it easy. She was able to run without expending too much energy. I'm really glad that the coaching staff trusted me to get out there, especially since I'm the youngest member of the team.

Sanya Richards (Austin, Texas), Women's 4 x 400 meters anchor leg
I think I ran 54 seconds in practice a couple of days ago (laughs)! I'm happy that my teammates ran as well as they did Debbie, Natasha and Jessica made it easy on me.
We're going to have a tough task tomorrow, but I wanted to make sure I had fresh legs for the finals.

Dan Browne (San Diego, California), 24th in men's marathon
The race started out great. It was an amazing field, and ran competitively in the first half, and came through the half-marathon at 1:06. I went through a bad patch of 10k shortly afterwards, but I finished strong. I feel reasonably pleased. My placing was right in line with what I was expecting to do.
This course was amazing, seeing all those folks out there. I like running criterium-style courses like this.

Matt Gabrielson (Minneapolis, Minnesota) 36th in men's marathon
I was good through half-way. I hit a spot around 30k, but never really hit the wall. I wasn't struggling, but I was running 3:25 or 3:30, when I was running 3:10s, which is 2:14 pace which I thought I was going to run. I ran out of something--I don't know what it was. It's bittersweet, and it's amazing to finish under the Brandenburg Gate with all these people lining the street.

Nate Jenkins (Lowell, Mass), 63rd in men's marathon
I started at 3:05 at the kilometer, and actually felt good through 10-12k, then started having some hamstring problems, which has been par for the course for me.
I was slowed down, but still rolling along until 32 k, and thinking I can run 2:20, then the wheels just came off. I don't remember much of the last 10k other than I was going backwards.
Other than that, I knew it was a long day out there. I knew I had to finish, since we only lined up four athletes, so it was one foot in front of the other.

Alexandria Anderson (Austin, Texas) women's 4x100m second leg
The baton was well inside the zone. Everything was going smoothly.
The group as a whole was together since the London meet (in late July). We were going for the win and to do the best job we can. It's just a mishap that you have to go on and move forward with.
You have to go to an Olympics or World Championships with the mind set that you want to be the best and go out and compete with the best. Every team has its ups and down, but it just depends on how you come out fighting.

Carmelita Jeter (Inglewood, Calif.), Women's 4x100 relay anchor leg
I saw that Muna pulled something. It was unfortunate. It's nothing something that you can train for. We were ready to run. It's unfortunate. Right now, we want to go back there and be with our teammate, because that's the most important thing, to make sure that Muna is OK. We go together. We go with her. That's our teammate. We will always be for each other.

Lauryn Williams (Miami, Fla.), Women's 4x100 relay first leg
I got it to Alexandria and everything seemed to be on target. We expected to be in the finals. We practiced well. We had great chemistry. Things have been going wonderfully. We were on world record pace (for the final). That race was just two weeks ago. We went 41.5, and we weren't even trying. We got out there. We were having a good day. We were having a good time. When you least expect it, you run the fastest.
It's unfortunate that we get here to the big one, the dance, and know we have a team that is capable of world-record pace, and then not even get a chance to try for gold, much less the world record. We weren't doing anything different. We knew we had good chemistry. We worked together to make sure we are a very cohesive group. We have good energy. We have not had any drama or back biting. Nothing bad has happened in this relay. We have had great chemistry and we were really excited about getting out here.
It was definitely going to be a great race. You know (Jamaica) has great girls. They put out a good time. It comes down to who gets the better handoffs, and who can run the race much more smoothly. It's not necessarily about who has the four fastest legs at that point. We were out there, working our way through the line. It was going to an exciting race for the stadium, the world, for everyone to see.
(on seeing what happened) I didn't see what happened. I actually turned around, thinking we were on Easy Street. I did my part, I handed it off. I was heading to the finish line to congratulate my girls. Then, I didn't see them there. I had to get escorted, I was sent off in the wrong direction, then I found out something was wrong.
(on not being allowed in training room) At that point, all you worry about is the health of your teammate. Is she OK? What's going on? You can hear her screaming in pain. Then they tell you you can't go in with her. What difference does it make now? We're not in the finals. Don't tell me which way I can go right now. I'm worried about my teammate. That's what I am worried about.

Brian Johnson (Zachary, La.), 9th in Men's Long Jump
It was just not a good day. I thought I had it. I had a good jump in the second round. That would have got me to the finals, and probably put me in medal contention. But I fouled it. On my last one, it was just flat.

Kerron Clement (Gainesville, Fla.), Men's 4x400 relay 2nd leg
It went really well. The plan was to come out here, and make it to the finals. We have been doing this for a grand old time.

Bershawn Jackson (Savoy, Ill.), Men's 4x400 relay 3rd leg
I didn't (feel a runner coming close). When you run that hard, you can't determine how close guys are. The main thing is to have a strong kick and hold those guys off, and give it to our quarter horse, Angelo (Taylor). They did a real good job of holding them off. The USA is known for bringing home the gold in the 4x4, so we are trying to keep the tradition.

Angelo Taylor (Atlanta), Men's 4x400 relay anchor leg
(On getting the baton with a big lead) They always do that. Everything we run the prelim, they always put me on the anchor. They always give me a comfortable lead. It gives me a good chance to run even. I appreciate that. We have the top two guys resting right now. They can come in with some fresh legs. (Three hurdlers on the team tonight) What can I say? We have the top quarter milers in the world. I won the US Championships in 2007. Bershawn has run 45.0. Kerron got a few titles. We are very, very deep in the 400. We'll just go out there and take care of business.

Lionel Larry (Compton, Calif.), Men's 4x400 relay 1st leg
I'm glad I had the opportunity to run it off. It was a fun time. I haven't handled the stick for the U.S.A. in a long time. I was happy to represent. Doing it on this stage, it's always a pleasure here. I hope I get another chance at it. I'm just living it up.

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