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Team USA afternoon session quotes from 14th IAAF World Indoor Champs


Afternoon Session

Nia Ali, Women’s 60mH heats

“My start wasn’t great because I stumbled a little. I know Yvette (Lewis, PAN) is a great starter so I need to focus more on that. I was able to get my focus back and get into a rhythm. I’m so relieved. To win it in 7.87, which is one of my all-time best marks, I’m definitely excited for tomorrow, happy to advance and feeling good.”

Janay DeLoach Soukup, Women’s 60mH heats

“It was really about trying to feel my through. This is my first Worlds as a 60-meter hurdler so I’m really just trying to see what I can do. I think I need to get out a little faster tomorrow and hold onto it. I’m working through it. I would love to be a multi-eventer at some point, so it means a lot to make a World Championship team in two events. I need to get into some throws too but right now, it’s about having a good time out there and that’s definitely what I’m doing.”

Marvin Bracy, Men’s 60m heats

“This is all so new to me. I’m not used to being (at a meet) so long. I’m used to showing up the day before, getting a workout in and the next day, getting on the track. To be able to come and settle in, and feel a little bit at home, it’s been nice and I’m just trying to handle my part on the track. I just want to go into the semis with a clear head. I was thinking so much about the gun and false starts that I wasn’t paying attention when the gun actually went off. I’m pretty sure my coach is going to get on me about that. Just need to come out tomorrow and have a better race.”

Trell Kimmons, Men’s 60m heats

“I didn’t get out well. I missed a step on my first few steps. I need to be more patient to keep advancing to the next round. The crowd was great and it boosts your energy level a little bit. It was exciting out there, especially for a first round. I told Marvin before the race, ‘let’s go 1-2. That’s the only advice I could give him, doesn’t matter which one it is, let’s go 1-2.”

Jeff Henderson, Men’s long jump qualification

“I knew it was going to be a long day when my markers were off. It’s just really frustrating. The track was really fast.”

Tyron Stewart, Men’s long jump qualification

“My experience here was pretty good. For my first international competition, I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I would be and I felt I could win this whole thing. I’m ready to show what I can do.”

Heather Kampf, Women’s 1500m heats

“It felt great to lead from the front. I would always rather feel like a pacer than sit and wait. I actually felt really good out there. It’s a fast track and these are the best runners in the world, so I knew I’d have to get out there and prove that I’m supposed to be here. And I did. I think I learned that I need to continue to do that in the final but I’m going to talk with my coach tonight about tactics for the final and really learn from this race. I’m really happy with how it went.”

Treniere Moser, Women’s 1500m heats

“We were prepared for anything. My last two races, I did sit and kick. At nationals, it was just go all out. I was prepared for anything. We started off really slow and then picked it up a little bit. I think I just adjusted really well. Let them kind of fight it out and I just sat back and relied on my kick. My coach told me I have one of the best kicks in the world. Just believing was the key today.”

Galen Rupp, Men’s 3000m heats

“It came down to a big kick to qualify. That’s what we prepared for and I got to the finals. That’s all that matters. I was trying to look around but there were a lot of guys. I had to be ready for that last 100. The final is going to be tough. There are a lot of good guys out there and all of them could win this race. ”

Bernard Lagat, Men’s 3,000m heats

“We had to go faster because everyone wanted to be the fastest times from the first heat. Whenever you’re in the second heat, you know someone is going to take it out fast because they want to get in. That’s a strategy that works well because there’s no boxing or jostling around. It was a good one tonight and it’ll be a great final Sunday.”

Joanna Atkins, Women’s 400m semifinals

“I ran the race the way I wanted to. I made the moves I was planning to make when I wanted to. I got clipped from behind and it really threw me off.”

Francena McCorory, Women’s 400m semifinals

“The most important thing in this race was to get a good lane for tomorrow’s final. Now I need to pray and be confident for tomorrow. I have to work on my start. I was not aware of the battle for No. 2 behind me. I focused only on myself. I concentrated on getting to the finish line. I am glad I executed well. It has been a long day.”

Kyle Clemons, Men’s 400m semifinals

“I never thought in January that I would be coming to Poland to represent Team USA. It means a lot. I’m just so excited. I just can’t believe this. I need to take care of my body tonight and get ready for tomorrow. Competitors don’t care what you did the day before. So I need to put today behind me and focus on tomorrow. I’ll be ready.”

David Verburg, Men’s 400m semifinals

“My legs were a little fatigued from earlier, I’m not used to two rounds in a day, but to make my first World Championship final, my first trip here is a blessing. My goal is to get treatment, get some rest and get ready for tomorrow. I think today shows that USA always has strong 400m runners, we’ve proven that today even without big names, we’re a group of young guys and we’re proud to represent Team USA.”

Ashton Eaton, Heptathlon

“The 60m was awesome. It’s a fast track and I PR’d. The long jump, I was struggling a little but did okay. Shot put was solid and high jump was solid. I’m happy and I’m really pleased with my high jump. I struggled last year with injury, so now my injury is gone and I feel a lot better about it. I was really excited for Brianne (Theisen-Eaton) to get silver and Ryan was pumping me up during high jump and shot put. I was really trying to cheer everyone on during the day.”


Sharon Day-Monroe, Pentathlon

“I’m disappointed to come so close. Every attempt, every throw, every jump really matters.”

Ryan Whiting, Shot Put

“I came in the favorite and I’m just glad I could execute because I couldn’t last year in Moscow. Now I know I can do that and I plan to be the favorite a lot in the future. It’s a good step. No one really knew who I was two years ago. To come in here the favorite, I felt like I was in a little better shape this year, a little more prepared. I threw 22 meters, but I felt like I was in shape to throw even further.”

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