Team USA World Champs preview - Sunday, August 14 events


Jill Geer
Director of Communications
USA Track & Field
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U.S. TELECAST: 4-5 p.m. Eastern, PAX (check local listings)

U.S. Webcast:


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

U.S. entrants: Jenny Crain (Milwaukee, Wis.), Emily Levan (Wicasset, Maine), Turena Johnson-Lane (Muncie, Ind.), Jill Boaz (Los Osos, Calif.), Mary Akor (Gardena, Calif.)

The scoop: Individual medals and team scoring are up for grabs. The 2002 USA marathon champion, Boaz is competing in her third World Championships, having placed 32nd in 2001 and 33rd in '03. Crain is a two-time Olympic Trials contestant and was top American at the 2004 ING New York City Marathon, while LeVan was top American in Boston in '05. Akor is the 2005 Big Sur International Marathon champ, and Johnson-Lane is the 2004 USA 20 km champ.

Men's high jump final, 6:45 p.m.

U.S. entrants: Matt Hemingway (Littleton, Colo.)

The scoop: It took Hemingway some third-attempt clearances to make the final, but he did just that. The Olympic silver medalist has the experience, the mettle and the medal to compete for a place on the awards platform.

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

The scoop: The defending Olympic and World champions, Team USA again is the favorite. Look for a reunion of the 2004 Olympic relay: Monique Henderson, Monique Hennagan, Dee Dee Trotter and Sanya Richards ... not necessarily in that order.

Men's 4x400m relay final, 9:20 p.m.

The scoop: With the gold and silver medalists from these championships on the relay, Team USA is the heavy favorite. But don't count out Jamaica or Bahamas, both of whom ran faster than 3:00 in the qualifying round on Saturday.