adidas Track Classic
Held: May 22, 2005 at the Home Depot Center,
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posts world-leading mark in 100m hurdles
2004 Olympic gold medalist Joanna Hayes, who ended the 2004
season ranked #1 in the world, grabbed the lead at the gun and held
on to win the women's 100m hurdles in a world-leading time of 12.64
seconds. Michelle Perry, who gained significant ground on Hayes
towards the end of the race, was the runner-up in 12.70, with
Canada's Perdita Felicien, who owned the previous world leader
(12.67) prior to this race, finished third in 12.71.
Godina posts career best in shot put
Two-time Olympic medalist and three-time world outdoor champion John Godina
enjoyed the best performance of his illustrious career in winning the ADT men's
shot put with a lifetime best and world-leading throw of 22.20 meters/72 feet,
Godina, who posted his previous career best of 22.02m/72-3 back in 1999, held
the former world-leading mark this season with a toss of 21.83m/71-7.50 in
winning the 2005 USA Indoor title, which earned him the inaugural Indoor Visa
Championship Series crown.
2004 Olympic Trials finalist Dan Taylor was the runner-up to Godina with a
best of 20.73m/68-0.25, with Olympic Trials fifth-place finisher Jamie Beyer
third (20.66m/67-9.50) and two-time Olympic silver medalist Adam Nelson placing
Felix post world leaders
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner took command down
the front stretch and held on to win the adidas men's 400 meters in
the world-leading time of 44.53 seconds. Wariner, who ended the 2004
season ranked #1 in the world, defeated a terrific field that
included his fellow Olympic 4x400m relay gold medalist Andrew Rock,
who finished as the runner-up in 44.86. Jamaica's Brandon Simpson
was third in 45.25.
In the women's 200 meters, 2004 Olympic silver medalist Allyson
Felix won going away in a world-leading time of 22.14 seconds.
Felix, who ended the 2004 campaign ranked #2 in the world in that
event, faced a strong challenge from Olympic 100m silver medalist
Lauryn Williams, who was the runner-up 22.27. LaTasha Colander, who
ended the 2004 season ranked #10 in the world at 200 meters, was
third in 22.39.
Jackson establishes a new personal best
2004 Olympic Trials fourth-place finisher Bershawn Jackson defeated a strong
field in posting a personal best, world-leading time of 47.62 seconds in easily
winning the men's 400m hurdles. Jackson's performance is the ninth-fastest in
U.S. history. The 2003 U.S. 400m hurdles champion, Jackson won the 2004 World
Athletics Final and was ranked #3 in the world coming into this season.
Kenneth Ferguson was the runner-up to Jackson in 48.51, with Sherman
Armstrong, who placed sixth at the 2004 Olympic Trials, finishing third in
wins women's 400 meters
2004 Olympic 4x400m relay gold medalist Sanya Richards posted the
second-fastest time in the world this year in winning the women's
400 meters. Richards looked smooth the entire way running in lane
five in cruising to the victory in 50.00 seconds. Richards posted
the fastest time in the world when she ran 49.96 earlier this
Jamaica's Ronetta Smith was the runner-up to Richards 51.23, with
her countrywoman Novlene Williams third in 51.69.
Veronica Campbell (JAM)
Bell wins with U.S. leading performance
2004 Olympic finalist Kenta Bell came up with a clutch effort on his final
attempt in posting a new U.S. leading mark in the men's triple jump. Eventual
runner-up Chris Hercules grabbed the lead on his third attempt when he jumped
16.90m/55-5.50. In a series that featured three fouls, Bell met the challenge on
his final attempt in sailing to 17.09m/56-1.
Other U.S. leading performances on Saturday were posted by Bernard Lagat in
the men's 1,500 meters, who won with a new meet record time of 3:34.34, and
Shayne Culpepper in the women's 1,500 meters, who crossed the finish line in
4:07.08, the third-fastest time in the world this year.
Jamaica's Veronica Campbell, who won the gold medal at 200 meters, and the
100m bronze medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, easily won the women's
100 meters with a world-leading time of 10.96 seconds. Campbell got off to a
good start and ran away from the field as Olympic 200m finalist Muna Lee
finished as the runner-up in 11.20. 2004 Visa Indoor Championship Series winner
Angela Daigle was third in 11.24.
Leonard Scott (R) and Maurice Greene (L)
Two-time Olympic silver medalist Terrence Trammell took the lead
30 meters into the race and won convincingly in the men's 110m
hurdles. Trammell hit the finish in 13.11 seconds to win the race,
with Dominique Arnold finishing as the runner-up in 13.27, with
Arend Watkins third in 13.28.
The Visa men's 100 meters was won by 2004 Olympic Trials finalist
Leonard Scott, who blasted out of the blocks and ran unchallenged
the rest of the way in equaling the fastest time by an American this
season of 10.03 seconds. Terrence Trammell was the runner-up in
10.17, with Jason Smoots third in 10.32, and Olympic gold medalist
and former world record holder Maurice Greene fourth, also in 10.32.
In the exhibition men's discus throw, 2004 Olympic Trials
champion Jared Rome was the winner with a best of 63.64 meters/208
feet, 9 inches. 2003 USA champion Carl Brown was the runner-up with
a best of 62.24m/204-2. Elsewhere, 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials champion
Anthony Famiglietti easily won the men's 3,000m steeplechase in 8
minutes, 25, minutes, 16 seconds, with Kenya's Solomon Kandie
finishing as the runner-up in 8:40.93.
In women's events, Erin Aldrich won the women's high jump in a
jump-off over Sharon Day, with both clearing 1.92 meters/6 feet,
3.50 inches. In the women's pole vault, Dana Buller set a new
Canadian national record with a clearance of 4.50m/14-9, with 2004
Olympian Jillian Schwartz finishing as the runner-up in clearing the
The women's 400m hurdles had a surprise winner as Tanisha Mills,
who ended the 2004 season ranked #9 in the U.S., upset 2004 Olympic
finalist Brenda Taylor in winning the race. Mills stopped the clock
in 55.57 seconds in beating Taylor (55.89) to the finish.
Top U.S. Performances -
adidas Track Classic
Next up in the Visa Championship Series:
May 30, Payton Jordan US Open in
Palo Alto, CA. On ESPN2 May 30, 10:00 - 11:30 p.m. ET.