Team USA Tuesday morning quotes from Helsinki

08-09-2005

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Team USA Tuesday morning session quotes from Helsinki

John Capel, Men's 200 meters

They counted me out early this year. They said I couldn't do it. I like being the underdog. That's the best part about this sport.

That was my personal best for this year, 20.40. I had four 200's before I got here. That was just to help me get in shape. Now that I'm in shape, I should be alright.

Tyson Gay, Men's 200 meters

It was the wind (that helped.) The track is pretty fast, also. I feel pretty good, I stayed relaxed and the wind pushed me through. I needed to save up for the finals.

Justin Gatlin, Men's 200 meters

I wanted to make sure I was at least the last person to qualify. (My legs) are a little sore, like any person who runs fast.

Andrew Rock, Men's 400 meters

It felt pretty good. I saw "Lane 1" and I wasn't too disappointed because I train in lane 1. We run a 4x4 in lane 1. I thought it could be an advantage because I can see everybody to the right of me because I only have to look one way. I felt really good and controlled.

I didn't think I was going to run that fast. I saw the first heat run 44 and the other heats went pretty fast. I thought it had to be something, the surface must be really fast or something. I've had races where I've run 45.3 that hurt way worse than that. I'm surprised, but I'm very happy.

I don't pay much attention to it (talk of an American sweep). I've just got to get through every round every day. Tomorrow's going to be a hard one. I didn't really look ahead today, I just wanted to get through this round. I've got a lot of races, four more with the relay, so I just want to take it one at a time.

Darold Williamson, men's 400 meters

It was very windy. It made me kind of struggle a little bit. Maybe I didn't work my first 200 enough, but when I came off that curve it was very windy coming down the home stretch. All I could do was fight for the finish line. I didn't expect to run so hard in the preliminary, but stuff like that happens sometimes. I'll prepare myself for tomorrow's semifinal.

It (the wind) smacked me coming off that curb. I didn't really feel it on the back stretch, but when I hit that curb, it hit me.

Nick Hysong, men's pole vault

It was a bit of a confusing situation out there. They made a really good decision out there. Sergey Bubka (IAAF council member) came out there and the officials decided to make 5.60 the automatic qualifying mark, instead of making us wait while they fixed the standards in the other pit.

I felt pretty good today. Nice and easy day. The wind was coming everywhere, but on my jumps it was pretty much a tailwind.

Brad Walker, pole vault

The conditions all day were pretty rough. It was a hard day to jump. A lot of us had first attempt clearances at 5.45, and then we had the standard break apart. After the hour delay or whatever it was to fix the standard, the wind started to pick up again, and it was pretty tough conditions to jump in.

(on whether he thought 5.45 would hold up to qualify for the finals) It totally depended. The wind could've died, and everyone could've cleared it. It's a low height that got into the finals. I was confident that if 5.60 was going to get into the finals, then that was going to be my goal. I'm disappointed that I didn't clear 5.60, but I'm glad I'm in the finals.

John Hetzendorf, men's javelin

It was okay. The wind was a little swirly. You had to be sure to hit the javelin clean or it just didn't go anywhere. I didn't hit it clean, so it really didn't get out there. I felt pretty good, but I just couldn't put things together to get clean flights and get the javelin where I wanted it.

Tianna Madison, women's long jump

That's how I like to do it. I like to make one big jump. All my energy is focused on one jump. I was just glad I could execute it, especially in a meet of this caliber.

I didn't even notice it (the wind). What was it? I have about three different marks for any kind of weather. It didn't really affect me at all. It's kind of hot out there. I need to go home and relax and get ready for tomorrow.

Brad Walker, pole vault

The conditions all day were pretty rough. It was a hard day to jump. A lot of us had first attempt clearances at 5.45, and then we had the standard break apart. After the hour delay or whatever it was to fix the standard, the wind started to pick up again, and it was pretty tough conditions to jump in.

(on whether he thought 5.45 would hold up to qualify for the finals) It totally depended. The wind could've died, and everyone could've cleared it. It's a low height that got into the finals. I was confident that if 5.60 was going to get into the finals, then that was going to be my goal. I'm disappointed that I didn't clear 5.60, but I'm glad I'm in the finals.

Toby Stevenson, pole vault

I hurt (left leg) about seven days ago. It's minor. Unfortunately it's just big enough where I couldn't jump today. I probably could have taken one jump today. But I could have taken one jump today, but it might have exploded. I don't know. I had to be careful. Unfortunately, I'm four to five days away from being fine. It's a slight strain of the hamstring. In the pole vault, you have to go all out. Whether I'm jumping at four meters or six meters, the take off step is still at 100 percent no matter what height it is. I was really worried about it. I have a lot of meets left. Before the meet, I had a decision to make. Do I want to go four it and risk being taken out in a wheelchair or go. When I was testing it, that was half of what I would have done in a real take off. It's a tough pill to swallow. If I cleared 5.45 on the first, I might have been able to jump in the finals, or for the first of the season, or even next year.

Rose Richmond, long jump

I have some runway issues that I'm still trying to work out. I'm just coming up short of the board. I have been having problems with this all season long.

Grace Upshaw, long jump

It wasn't as planned. Ideally, you want to take one jump and get it over with. The wind caused me some trouble. I was on a fast runway. The wind was blowing a bit. It was nothing that I couldn't handle. (On the first jump) I saw I was running out of room on the left side. I move the stick back and I thought I moved it back far enough. But I had a big foul. It came down to the last jump and it worked.