Jackson, Carter finish 1-2 in men’s 400m hurdles final

08-09-2005

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HELSINKI, Finland - In a 400m hurdles final that began in a steady drizzle and ended in a downpour, 2005 USA Outdoor Championships runner-up Bershawn Jackson (Raleigh, N.C.) won the gold medal with James Carter (Baltimore, Md.) capturing the silver medal Tuesday night at the World Outdoor Championships in Helsinki.

The race began with reigning Olympic gold medalist and two-time defending world champion Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic falling to the track before arriving at the first turn after appearing to suffer an injury to his hamstring. Carter, Jackson and fellow American Kerron Clement (Gainesville, Fla.) ran strongly through the backstretch with Jackson using his speed to pull away from the competition down the main straightaway to win in a personal best of 47.30 seconds. Carter finished second with a career best time of 47.43. Japan's Dai Tamesue finished third in 48.10, just ahead of Clement, who placed fourth in 48.18.

Jackson's victory is the first for an American in this event at a world championships since Derrick Adkins mined gold at Gothenburg in 1995 (47.98). For Carter, who placed fourth in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, his silver medal win matches Joey Woody's (48.18) performance in Paris in 2003.

The only other time Americans went 1-2 in the 400m hurdles at a world outdoor championships was in Rome in 1987 when National Track & Field Hall of Famer Edwin Moses won the gold and Danny Harris brought home the silver medal.

Rain, rain go away!

Prior to heat #2 of the women's 100m hurdles heats, a torrential downpour ensued that forced a postponement of the meet for nearly two hours. Consequently, the following events from tonight's program are rescheduled as follows:

Men's 200m Quarter Final: August 10 at 13:45

Men's Triple Jump Qualification Groups A & B: August 10 at 11:15

Women's Discus Throw Final: August 11 at 20:00

All times are Helsinki time.

Perry, Powell & Hayes all advance in women's 100m hurdles

The owner of the four top times in the world this year in the women's 100m hurdles, 2004 Olympic heptathlete Michelle Perry (Los Angeles, Calif.) lived up to her advance billing with a win in the opening round of qualifying. Perry, running out of lane 8, won the race going away in 12.64 seconds.

Following the two-hour rain postponement, 2005 NCAA Outdoor champion and third-place finisher at the USA Outdoor Championships Ginnie Powell (Los Angeles, Calif.) moved on to the semifinals on Wednesday with her fourth-place finish in heat #2 of the 100m hurdles opening round in 12.91 seconds.

Women's 100m hurdles qualifying ended with 2004 Olympic Games gold medalist Joanna Hayes (Los Angeles, Calif.) winning heat #5 in 12.79 seconds

Clay leads decathlon

2004 Olympic silver medalist Bryan Clay (Glendora, Calif.) will enter Thursday's second day of the men's decathlon in first place ahead of reigning Olympic champion Roman Sebrle (Czech Republic).

In this evening high jump, Clay cleared 2.00 meters/6-6.75, which lifted his total to 3,607 points, with Sebrle in the lead at that point with 3,634 points.

In the final event of the day, Clay regained the lead with his time of 47.78 seconds in the 400 meters. Clay's 920 points from that event gave him a total of 4,527 points for the competition. Sebrele currently stands in second place with 4,513 points.

Clark finishes eighth in 800m final

Two-time USA champion Hazel Clark (Knoxville, Tenn.) was in fourth place in the women's 800m final going into the bell lap, and held that position going into the backstretch before gradually falling to eighth place. Clark crossed the finish line in 2 minutes, 1.52 seconds in the best placing by an American in this event since Jearl Miles Clark finished fourth in 1999.

Elsewhere, reigning USA champion Daniel Lincoln (Fayetteville, Ark.) stayed with the main pack most of the way before finishing 13th in the final of the men's 3,000m steeplechase in 8 minutes, 23.89 seconds.

Team USA leads medal chase

After four days of competition at the 2005 World Outdoor Championships, Team USA leads all other countries with six medals. The leading nations are as follows.

1. Team USA: 4 gold - 2 silver - 0 bronze = 6 medals

2. Ethiopia: 2 gold - 2 silver - 1 bronze = 5 medals

3. Russia: 0 gold - 1 silver - 3 bronze = 4 medals

tie 4. Sweden: 2 gold - 0 silver - 1 bronze = 3 medals

4. Belarus: 1 gold - 2 silver - 0 bronze = 3 medals

4. Jamaica: 1 gold - 2 silver - 0 bronze = 3 medals

For more information on Team USA at the 2005 World Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Helsinki, visit www.usatf.org.