Team USA World Champs preview - Friday, August 12 events

08-11-2005

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FINALS

Men's 50 km race walk final, 11:35 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Philip Dunn, Curt Clausen

The scoop: Clausen is the only American ever to win a medal in this event, taking the bronze in 1999. He was 7th at Worlds in 2001. Dunn is a two-time Olympian who was 14th in this event at the 2001 Worlds.

Women's pole vault final, 6:40 p.m.

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

The scoop: Rescheduled from Thursday, due to weather. 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 200m final, 7:30 pm.

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

The scoop: It's a three-American final in the women's 200, coming off an Olympics in which Felix won the silver medal. 19-year-old Felix, the 2005 world leader, is considered by many to be the favorite, but Christine Arron of France has looked very strong in the rounds, and Veronica Campbell of Jamaica is the Olympic gold medalist. Colander and Boone-Smith also could threaten for medals.

Women's hammer final, 7:45 p.m.

U.S. entrant: Erin Gilreath

The scoop: Gilreath qualified 10th out of Thursday's rounds with her mark of 67.41m/221-2. The American record holder will go for her first international medal, and would almost certainly need to break her own record (73.87/242-4) to do it.

Men's 110m hurdles final, 8:45 p.m.

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

The scoop: As happened in the men's 200, Team USA has four men in the hurdles final. Johnson goes for an unprecedented fifth world title after posting the fastest time of the semifinal round 13.23. Trammell also won his heat, in 13.31, while Arnold was second in his in 13.39. World record holder and Olympic gold medalist Liu Xiang of China is the potential spoiler, but Johnson, Trammell and Arnold all are legitimate gold-medal contenders. Brown made it through on time, as the eighth qualifier (13.43), and looks to shake things up as well.

QUALIFYING ROUNDS

Women's javelin qualifying, 11:55 a.m., 1:25 p.m.

U.S. entrant: Kim Kreiner

The scoop: The American record holder (60.86m/199-8), Kreiner faces a tough field in order to get to the final. She'll need to nearly match her record - 60.50m/198-6 - to automatically advance.

Men's high jump qualifying, 12 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Matt Hemingway, Jesse Williams, Kyle Lancaster

The scoop: Hemingway is the Olympic silver medalist and reigning U.S. champion. With experience and Olympic hardware under his belt, he should compete well. The U.S. runner-up and NCAA champion, Williams jumped a personal best 2.30m/7-6.5 in Stockholm under less than ideal weather conditions, proving his fitness and ability to compete in cold. Lancaster has jumped 2.31m/7-7 this year and like Williams is at his first Worlds.

Men's long jump qualifying, 1:50 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Miguel Pate, Dwight Phillips, Brian Johnson, Walter Davis

The scoop: Phillips is the defending world and Olympic champion. As the 2005 world leader, he enters as the favorite despite the fact that Pate defeated him to win the 2005 USA Outdoor title. Davis doubles back from Thursday's triple jump final, completing a double he also performed at 2003 worlds, where he was 7th in the long jump.

Men's 4x100m relay 1st round, 6:45 p.m.

The scoop: Team USA begins its quest for a fourth straight gold medal in this event. With Shawn Crawford out with an injury and Justin Gatlin recovering from eight races in the 100 and 200, the relay lineup will be determined shortly before the race.

Men's 800m semifinals, 7:50 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Khadevis Robinson, David Krummenacker

The scoop: America's most internationally experienced 800m runners moved to the semifinals automatically, as Krummenacker was second in his first-round race (1:47.82) and Robinson third in his (1:46.74). The semifinal will be faster as an American tries to make a World Championships final for the first time since Rich Kenah won bronze in 1997.

Women's 1,500m semifinal

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 4x100m relay semifinal

The scoop: Team USA has not won a gold in the women's relay since setting the American record at the 1997 World Championships. Expect a lineup of young faces.

Men's 400m final

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

The scoop: As expected, three Americans will contest the final. Olympic champion Wariner won his semifinal heat (45.65), with Williamson (45.65) and Rock (45.78) second in theirs. Wariner is the gold-medal favorite, and all three are medal threats.