Team USA World Champs preview - Saturday, August 13 events

08-12-2005

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FINALS

Men's marathon final, 2:20 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Brian Sell (Rochester Hills, Mich.), Clint Verran (Rochester Hills, Mich.), Peter Gilmore (San Mateo, Calif.), Jason Lehmkuhle (St. Paul, Minn.), Chad Johnson (Rochester Hills, Mich.)

The scoop: Individual medals and team scoring all will be determined in the marathon as three training partners - Sell, Verran and Johnson - put their team tactics to the test. Sell is the reigning 2005 USA 25 km champion, and Johnson is the 2001 champ at the distance. Verran was fourth at the 2004 Olympic Trials marathon and also competed at 2003 World Outdoors, placing 39th. Gilmore was 8th at the Olympic Trials, and Lehmkuhle 10th.

Women's 400m hurdles final, 7:05 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Lashinda Demus, Sandra Glover

The scoop: Demus has had a fantastic season with fast times and the U.S. title to her credit. Glover won her semifinal and has the benefit of having won the World Championships silver in 2003 under her belt. Look for a fast final, with Demus and Glover, along with world record holder Yuliya Pechonkina of Russia, to be among the favorites.

Men's long jump final, 7:45 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Dwight Phillips

The scoop: Phillips was impressive in Friday's qualifying round, soaring a wind-aided 8.59m/28-2.25 on his first attempt. Phillips won the 2004 Olympic title on his first leap but won the 2003 world title in a dramatic competition, proving he'll do what it takes to win. As the world leader, and full of confidence, Phillips is the prohibitive favorite to successfully defend his title.

Women's 4x100m relay final, 8:40 p.m.

The scoop: Angela Daigle, Muna Lee, Lisa Barber and Lauryn Williams utterly dominated their semifinal heat, running a world-leading 42.16 seconds to win their race by 1.37 seconds. Solid executive of hand-offs will be key in the final.

QUALIFYING ROUNDS

Men's 4x400m relay semifinals, 7:30 p.m.

The scoop: The Americans are a huge favorite in this event, and for good reason. Team USA has won the gold six times and nearly broke the Olympic record last year. Provided that they hold onto the baton, qualification for the final should be a formality. Lineups will be announced shortly before the race.

Women's 4x400m relay semifinals, 9:40 p.m.

The scoop: The Americans are the defending champions, and with Team USA once again a women's 400m powerhouse, the ladies, like the gentlemen, should easily qualify for the final. Lineups will be announced shortly before the race.