Team USA World Champs preview - Wednesday, Aug. 10 events

08-09-2005

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FINALS

Men's decathlon, 10:05 a.m.-8:45 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Bryan Clay, Paul Terek, Phil McMullen

The scoop: The 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, and 1,500m are on tap for the decathlon. Clay was in first place after day 1 (4,527), leading Olympic champion Roman Sebrle by 14 points. With Clay having set the decathlon world record in the discus (55.82m/153-3) at USA Outdoors, it looks to be another showdown between those two men. Terek was in 11th place after day 1 (4,142) and McMullen in 18th (3,835).

Women's pole vault final, 6:10 p.m.

U.S. entrant: Jillian Schwartz, Tracy O'Hara

The scoop: Anything goes in the women's pole vault final. Look for Russian world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva to go for the gold, but it's a horse race for the other two medals. Schwartz is a 2004 Olympian who placed fourth at the 2004 World Indoor Championships, so she has big-meet experience. O'Hara has set her personal best (4.60/15-1) in 2005 and is at her first Worlds, the #4 woman in the world this year.

Women's long jump final, 6:35 p.m.

U.S. entrant: Grace Upshaw, Tianna Madison

The scoop: Madison was especially impressive in Tuesday's qualifying round, setting a personal best and surpassing the automatic qualifying mark with her first-attempt 6.83m/22-4.75. She will be joined by two-time U.S. champion, and 2003 World Outdoor finalist, Grace Upshaw. Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Carol Lewis and Marion Jones - all Olympic medalists - are the only American women to medal in the LJ at worlds, so doing so in Helsinki would put either woman in exceptional company.

Women's 400m final, 8 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Sanya Richards, Dee Dee Trotter, Monique Henderson

The scoop: In Helsinki, Richards has done nothing to disabuse fans of her status as a leading contender for gold in this event. After winning her semifinal on Monday (50.05), her top competition in the final - as expected - will be Olympic gold medalist Tonique Darling of Bahamas (49.69 in the semis), world champion Ana Guevara of Mexico, and fellow Americans Dee Dee Trotter and Monique Henderson, who were second and fourth in their respective semis.

Men's 1,500m final, 10:10 p.m.

U.S. entrant: Alan Webb

The scoop: Webb competes in his first international championship final, where the absence of the Olympic gold (Hicham el Guerrouj) and silver (Bernard Lagat) medalists could make this a very interesting race. Webb has the PR to compete well, and clearly he has had a thorough education in the art of international racing. He has proven his ability to compete well, and place in, European races over the last two summers.

QUALIFYING ROUNDS

Men's 110m hurdles first round 10:50 a.m.

U.S. entrants: Allen Johnson, Dominque Arnold, Terrence Trammell, Joel Brown

The scoop: Four-time world champion and seven-time U.S. titlist Allen Johnson begins his quest for a fifth world crown. He has had a few nagging injuries this summer, but expect him to be ready for worlds. Arnold has had by far the best season of his career, with a personal best of 13.01 at USA Outdoors. 2003 silver medalist and two-time Olympic silver winner Trammell also PR'd at USAs with his 13.02. The USA indoor champion, Brown had never made the final of a USA Outdoor Championships prior to placing fourth in 2005 with a PR 13.28. He could continue to surprise in Helsinki.

Women's 200m first round, 12 p.m., quarterfinals 6:45 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Allyson Felix, Rachelle Smith, LaTasha Colander

The scoop: Felix is the world leader in 2005 (22.13) and has never looked better. She already has defeated Olympic gold medalist Veronica Campbell this year and is ready to go. Smith is the U.S. runner-up and is making her international debut. Her 22.22 makes her the world's second-fastest woman this year. An Olympian at 400 (2000) and 100 (2004) meters, Colander competes for the first time in an international championship 200; her 22.34 at USAs makes her #4 in the world.

Women's 400m hurdles heats, 1 p.m.

U.S. entrants: LashindaDemus, Shauna Smith, Sandra Glover

The scoop: Demus has had an outstanding summer, winning the U.S. title (53.35) and a pair of Golden League events, in Paris and Rome. Glover was #1 world ranked in this event by Track & Field News in 2004 and is the 2003 bronze medalist. Smith is the 2005 NCAA champion from Wyoming and was runner-up to Demus at USA Outdoors.

Women's 1,500m first round, 1:45 p.m.

U.S. entrant: Treniere Clement

The scoop: Clement is the U.S. champion, and she added a personal-best and A qualifier of 4:05.77 at Rome. With sub-2:00 800-meter speed - and speedy training partners Hazel Clark and Kameisha Bennett - she is a contender to advance.

Women's hammer qualifying, 2 p.m., 3:40 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Erin Gilreath, Bethany Hart, Amber Campbell

The scoop: Gilreath broke her own American record at the USA Outdoor Champs (73.87m/242-4) and is looking for her first medal. Hart had her best-ever placing a USA Outdoors with her runner-up showing and will compete in her first championship, while Campbell got her "A" qualifier this summer to make her first U.S. team as well.

Men's 200m quarterfinals, 1:45; semifinals 6:40 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay, Wallace Spearmon, John Capel

The scoop: All four men easily moved out of the first round on Tuesday. The defending world champ, Capel has been rounding into form in Helsinki after an "off" year in 2005. Four men in the final is a possibility, but the semifinals are often considered the toughest round.

Women's 100m hurdles semifinals, 7:15 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Michelle Perry, Joanna Hayes, Virginia Powell

The scoop: Perry (12.64) and Hayes (12.79) won their first-round heats on Tuesday. Powell also automatically advanced by placing fourth in her heat (12.91). Athletes will be holding nothing back in the semis; a quick time will be needed to make it through.

Men's 400m semifinals, 8:15 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Jeremy Wariner, Darold Williamson, Andrew Rock

The scoop: Wariner, Williamson and Rock - teammates on Team USA's golden Olympic 4x400m relay - each won their first-round races on Tuesday. They look to leave nothing to chance in the semifinals and will look for automatic qualification into the final.

Women's 5,000m first round, 9:20 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Shalane Flanagan, Lauren Fleshman, Amy Rudolph

The scoop: Flanagan was dominant in this event at USA outdoors and has Olympic experience under her belt. Fleshman is coming off a PR in Rome (15:02.25), and Rudolph is a two-time Olympian whose experience could be invaluable.