Team USA World Champs preview - Thursday, August 11 events


Jill Geer
Director of Communications
USA Track & Field
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Men's pole vault final, 6:35 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Brad Walker, Nick Hysong

The scoop: Walker has been the most consistent U.S. vaulter all year, winning the U.S. indoor and outdoor titles. Hysong has been up-and-down, but he has a tendency to be "up" for big international meets, having won the 2000 Olympic Games and winning bronze at 2001 World Outdoors. Especially if poor weather continues, the vault final could be full of unexpected surprises.

Men's triple jump final, 8 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Walter Davis, Kenta Bell

The scoop: Davis automatically qualified for the final with his first-attempt mark of 17.08m/56-0.5, while Bell made the final with his mark of 16.72m/54-10.25. Without Olympic and world champion Christian Olsson of Sweden in the field, the final is wide open. Davis' mark was fourth-best in qualifying, but the final is a different animal.

Women's 100m hurdles final, 9:20 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Michelle Perry, Joanna Hayes

The scoop: Perry won her semifinal race (12.86) and Hayes was second in hers (12.76) to advance to the final - an achievement not shared by defending world champion Perdita Felicien of Canada. Perry and Hayes are the two fastest women in the world in 2005; in the final they will try to prove it on the track. Brigitte Foster-Hylton of Jamaica, winner of Hayes' heat, will likely be their toughest competition.

Men's 200m final, 10:05 p.m.

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

The scoop: After going 1-2 in both semifinal heats, Team USA looks to be in strong position for the final. With the reigning world champion (Capel), world leader (Spearmon), 2005 world #2 (Gay) and Olympic bronze medalist (Gatlin) competing, an unprecedented show of sprinting force could be on tap. They will be lined up in lanes 3-6: Spearmon, Capel, Tyson and Gatlin.


Men's 5,000m first round, 6:40 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Tim Broe, Ian Dobson, Ryan Hall

The scoop: Broe (13:12.76), Dobson (13:15.33) and Hall (13:16.03) ran tremendous races at the USA Outdoor Championships, with all three setting personal bests. Stanford teammates Hall and Dobson went 1-2 at the 2005 NCAA Championships, and at ages 22 and 23, respectively, provide a new generation of middle-distance runner. Broe, whose time at USA Outdoors was a meet record, was a 2004 Olympic finalist and will benefit from that experience in Helsinki.

Women's 200m semifinals, 7:25 p.m.

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

The scoop: All three breezed through their first-round races on Wednesday in order to automatically advance with as little effort as possible. At this point, it is about making the final, not about times. But regardless of weather conditions, times are sure to drop in the semis.

Women's 400m hurdles semifinals, 7:50 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Lashinda Demus, Sandra Glover, Shauna Smith

The scoop: Demus (56.63) and Glover (55.31) won their heats, and Smith was fourth (58.33) to advance to the semifinals. The hurdles are unpredictable under the best of circumstances; resolve and fitness will determine who makes the final in the meteorological malaise of Helsinki.

Men's 800m first round, 8:20 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Khadevis Robinson, David Krummenacker, Kevin Hicks

The scoop: Robinson waited six years between his U.S. outdoor titles in 1999 and 2005, but he is having his best year ever, with his seasonal best of 1:44.70 just off his PR. Krummenacker is the 2003 World Indoor champion. Having struggled through a series of injuries and setbacks, he is coming back into form. Just 20 years old, Hicks, of Florida A&M, is the 2005 NCAA and USA indoor champion and the NCAA outdoor runner-up.

Men's 110m hurdles semifinals, 9:30 p.m.

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

The scoop: Race conditions rarely have been as miserable as they were for Wednesday's first round, but all four Americans made it through - Johnson and Arnold by placing second in their heats and Trammell and Brown by placing third.