News & Notes
Volume 2, Number 111
Chief Public Affairs Officer
USA Track & Field
Clausen wins 1999 World Championships bronze medal
U.S. race walking standout Curt Clausen will be awarded the bronze medal from the 50K race walk at the 1999 World Outdoor Championships more than two years after completing the race.
The IAAF confirmed Thursday that Clausen will be awarded the bronze medal following the announcement that Russia’s German Skurygin, who won the 50K race in Seville, Spain, had tested positive for the banned substance human chorionic gonadotropin. The IAAF has stripped Skurygin of his world title. Italy’s Ivano Brugnetti, who finished second in Seville, will be presented with the gold medal. Edgar Hernandez of Mexico moves up to the silver and Clausen, who was fourth in 3 hours, 50 minutes, 55 seconds, will receive the bronze.
Clausen, who finished seventh at 50K at the 2001 World Outdoor Championships, becomes the first American to win an Olympic or World Championships race walk medal since Larry Young won bronze in the 50K at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.
“This came as a total surprise to me,” said Clausen. “A friend of mine from Sweden sent me an email yesterday to tell me about it and I thought he was kidding me. Finishing in the top three in the world has always been a dream of mine, and I’m very excited about it.”
Team USA staffs named
USATF’s men’s and women’s track and field committees on Thursday named several national team staffs for competitions in 2002 and 2003:
NCAC U-25 Championships, San Antonio, TX, July 2002 - men: Head coach Dave Wollman, head manager James Williams, Assistant coaches Jack Sands, Steve Lattimer and Ralph Spry.
NCAC U-25 Championships, San Antonio, TX, July 2002 – women: Head coach Annie Switzer-Bennett, head manager Carol Smith, assistant coaches Mike Smart, Jay Hartshorn and Dianne Wholly.
IAAF World Junior Championships in Kingston, JAM, July 16-21 2002 - men: head coach Bill Whittaker, head manager Ernie Gregoire, assistant coaches Edrick Floreal, Chris Huffins, Jack Warner, and Bryan Blutreich.
IAAF World Junior Championships in Kingston, JAM, July 16-21 2002 - women: head coach Monica Gary, head manager Mary Ayers, assistant coaches Sue Parks, Connie Price-Smith, Gwen Wentland and Cedric Walker.
Multi-Event International Meet, TBD, July 27-28 2002 - men: head coach Scott Hall, head manager Kevin Reid.
Multi-Event International Meet, TBD, July 27-28 2002 – women: head coach Dave Nielsen, head manager Deleatha Quarles.
USA vs. GBR in Glasgow, GBR, July 2002 - men: head coach Ron Bazil
USA vs. GBR in Glasgow, GBR, July 2002 - women: head coach Jim Barber
IAAF World Cup in Madrid, ESP, Sept. 20-21 2002 -men: head coach Ron Bazil, head manager Brad Hackett, assistant coaches Rick Sloan and Cliff Rovelto.
IAAF World Cup in Madrid, ESP, Sept. 20-21 2002 -women: head coach Jim Barber, head manager Angie Taylor, assistant coaches Barbara Edmondson and Robert Vaughn.
IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, GBR, March 2003 - men: head coach Stan Huntsman, head manager Tracy Sundlun, assistant coaches Dave Swan and Ed Jacoby.
IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, GBR, March 2003 - women: head coach Bert Lyle, head manager Martha Watson, assistant coaches Pam Spencer, Erroll Anderson and John Babington.
Junior and Youth sites chosen
Three cities on Thursday won in their bids to host junior or youth events.
Eugene, Oregon, was awarded the 2004 National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships. Providing competition for athletes ages 9-18, the meet will be held July 27 through August 1, 2004 and is the grand finale topping off a series of Junior Olympic regional qualifying meets throughout the country. Walnut, California, was the other city bidding for the meet.
Albuquerque, N.M., was awarded the 2003 Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships, to be held December 13, 2003, winning the meet over San Diego, Calif.
Youth Athletics Nationals were awarded for 2003 and 2004. An all-comers meet for youth athletes, the 2003 meet will be held July 2-6 in Buffalo, N.Y., with the 2004 event June 30-July 4 in Landover, Md.
USATF takes to the links
The inaugural USATF golf challenge was held Thursday in Mobile in an event that raised $3,000 for the Twin Towers Fund. Additional funds from the tournament will go to the USATF Youth Program.
The winners in the A-flight in the scramble format held in windy and rainy conditions were Olympic relay gold medalist Harvey Glance, Mark Kaiser, Cheryl Kaiser and Rick Bolinger, who finished with a score of 16-under-par.
The B-flight winners were 1976 Olympic gold and bronze medalist Herman Frazier, Lt. Eddie Burrow, Mike Williams, Steve Nodine and Joe Kennedy.
Participants received goodie bags filled with Nike golf products along with USATF merchandise and other golf accessories. Special thanks to the Adams Mark Hotel for their sponsorship of the post-event luncheon.