Team USA World Championships preview - Saturday, August 6 events

08-05-2005

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FINALS

Men's 20 km race walk final, 6:40 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Tim Seaman, John Nunn, Kevin Eastler

The scoop: Easter had a big PR in placing 18th at the 2003 World Champs (1:22:25), tying the highest finish ever by an American (Allen James, 1993). The American record holder, Seaman was 20th and Eastler 21st at the 2004 Olympics.

Men's shot put qualifying, 10:15 a.m.; final, 8:55 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Christian Cantwell, Adam Nelson, John Godina

The scoop: Godina is a three-time world champ and has the best throw in 2005, but Cantwell has been the man to beat since June. Nelson is a clutch performer, and any one of these three men could take the gold.

Women's 10,000m final, 9:15 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Katie McGregor, Blake Russell, Jennifer Rhines

The scoop: McGregor, Russell and Rhines are coming off perhaps the finest overall women's 10,000m race ever at USA Outdoors. Competition will be fierce, and Rhines is the only athlete with experience at Worlds (22nd in 2001). Race conditions should be right for some fast times for the Americans.

QUALIFYING ROUNDS

Women's triple jump qualifying, 10:05 a.m.

U.S. entrants: Erica McLain

The scoop: The youngest female member of Team USA, Stanford's McLain will seek to make the final at her first major international competition. It will probably take a personal best for the American junior record holder to advance, but she is in top form.

Women's heptathlon, 10:10 a.m.-7:25 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Hyleas Fountain, Gigi Miller

The scoop: The 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200m are contested as the women's combined events torch is passed to Fountain and Miller. Fountain is the 2005 U.S. outdoor heptathlon and indoor pentathlon champion, 2003 NCAA champ and '04 NCAA long jump titlist. She is coming off of a personal best (6,520) at Gotzis. Miller was runner-up to Fountain at USA outdoors.

Men's 100m first round, 10:45 a.m.; quarterfinal round, 6:45 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Justin Gatlin, Shawn Crawford, Leonard Scott

The Scoop: Olympic gold medalist Gatlin has been the man to beat globally in 2004, with big victories around the world. He is coming off the #2 time of his career, 9.89 in London on July 22. Olympic 200m gold medalist Crawford is a question mark, having battled foot injuries throughout the year, but the "Cheetah Man" is always dangerous. The fastest American indoors in 2005, Scott is having the best season of his career and should join his teammates in advancing.

Men's hammer qualifying, 11:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m.

U.S. entrants: James Parker, A.J. Kruger

The scoop: A three-time U.S. champion, '03 Pan Am silver medalist and '04 Olympian, Parker is competing at his first world championships. The 2003 U.S. indoor WT champ, Kruger brings Olympic experience from Athens as both men will try to make their first World Championships final.

Women's 3,000m steeplechase heats, 12:05 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Elizabeth Jackson, Lisa Galaviz, Carrie Messner

The scoop: This event is being contested for the first time at the World Championships. Jackson is a four-time U.S. champion and former world record holder who brings the most international experience to the table, as well as the fastest personal best (9:39.78).

Women's 800m qualifying, 12:45 a.m.

U.S. entrants: Hazel Clark, Kameisha Bennett, Alice Schmidt

The scoop: A two-time Olympian, Clark is coming off of a personal best 1:57.99 at Oslo and is in fine form. At ages 23 and 24, respectively, Schmidt and Bennett (Clark's training partner) are entering their first big international championship.

Men's 400m hurdles qualifying, 1:35 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Kerron Clement, Bershawn Jackson, James Carter

The scoop: All three Americans are potential medalists in this unpredictable event. When his steps are on, the 19-year-old Clement is the best in the world, with his 47.24 at the USA Championships the fastest in the world in seven years. But Jackson - who was DQd in the first round at the 2003 World Champs - has been winning consistently in Europe and is very motivated after missing the Olympic Team. Carter twice has placed fourth at the Olympic Games and brings big-time experience.

Men's discus qualifying, 6:35 p.m., 8:05 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Ian Waltz, Jarred Rome, Carl Brown

The scoop: The last three men to win U.S. titles in the discus all are on the team. Waltz is the '05 champion, with Rome and Brown winning in '04 and '03, respectively. Brown made the 2003 World Championships final, while Rome was 14th and Waltz 22nd in qualifying in Athens.

Women's high jump qualifying, 7:30 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Amy Acuff, Chaunte Howard, Erin Aldrich

The scoop: Three-time Olympian Acuff was fourth at the Olympic Games and is returning from injury earlier this year. A five-time U.S. champ, Acuff won in Oslo on July 29. Howard is America's top jumper under 25, having jumped 2.0m/6-6.75 on July 20 in Liege, while 2000 Olympian Aldrich has returned to the high jump after a break to play volleyball and has been performing well.

Men's 1,500m first round, 8:30 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Alan Webb, Chris Lukezic, Rob Myers

The scoop: In the Dream Mile at Oslo, Webb ran a personal best 3:48.92, making him the fourth-fastest American in history, and is in the best shape of his life. The tactics of first-round competition at the 2004 Olympics flummoxed Webb, but he is a year wiser and even fitter in Helsinki. Lukezic, Webb's training partner and USA outdoor runner-up, and Myers, the 2004 U.S. indoor champion, got their "A" standard qualifiers in London on July 22 and also are peaking at the right time.