Athlete Quotes - Men's Triple Jump Final
Aarik Wilson, Olympic Qualifier, First Place
"I was just trying to hold it together. I was so nervous being in fifth place. I saw my coach sweating from a mile away. I was just trying to think of everything he told me and make sure I got to the pit. Make sure I was on the board and get to the pit. That worked out. God carried me."
"I haven't jumped in awhile. I have been hurt. I have a stress fracture so I haven't jumped much since May. Today I felt like I could put one together. I had to make sure I didn't let nerves get the best of me and make sure I got on the board."
"I was diagnosed May 28. I haven't jumped. I haven't ran. I ran twice. I ran the day before I left to come here and I ran the day I got here. I was just praying a lot. I was just praying and hoping I could get one together. My tibia in my left leg has a stress fracture. The doctor told me it was going to take six to eight weeks for me to heal."
Kenta Bell, Olympic Qualifier, Second Place
"You know what, the second time is better then the first time. This one was harder and I put a lot work into this."
"Things have been going rough the last couple of years, but to come in and hit a jump early felt really good."
"I have had every injury that you can probably name and this is the best jump I've had since 2004. I am probably the oldest guy by three or four years on the runway, so to come out here and get it done is a great feeling."
"I expect to medal in Beijing. The first time I ever went to Beijing I won with the University games, so I think this is my place."
Rafeeq Curry, Olympic Qualifier, Third Place
"It was a nice competition, but it was nerve racking. Coming in I was confident and knew what I was capable of doing. I just had to settle my nerves. I'm really proud to be a part of this. I wanted to win, but I'm happy. I have another chance in Beijing. I know my friends and family are proud, so that feels good. Leading up to the Trials, I worked on my approach and I'll probably head over to Europe to stay sharp."
Walter Davis, Fourth Place
"I don't know, I got fourth. Everyone competed well today, but I'm not going to Beijing. It's going to be a long flight back to Louisiana. I think I'm about to get a redeye. This is tough."