Team USA sets all-time World Champs record with 14 gold medals

08-14-2005

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HELSINKI, Finland - The U.S. men's 4x400m relay team won the gold medal Sunday night and put an exclamation point on Team USA's outstanding performance at the 2005 World Track & Field Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

Team USA set an all-time record in winning 14 gold medals, bettering by one its previous record of 13 set in 1993 in Stuttgart, Germany. In addition to the 14 gold medals, Team USA won eight silver medals and three bronze medals, which equals the 25 medals won at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Team USA's 25 medals equals its second-best medal tally in World Outdoor Championships history (1993, Stuttgart), and is one shy of the all-time record of 26 at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo.

Russia finished second in the medal count with 20 (7-8-5), with Ethiopia third with 9 medals (3-4-2).

Rock, Brew, Williamson & Wariner win 4x400m relay gold

In winning the men's 4x400m relay world title for the seventh time at a World Outdoor Championship in 10 tries, Andrew Rock (Stratford, Wis.), Derrick Brew (Spring, Texas), Darold Williamson (Waco, Texas) and Jeremy Wariner (Grand Prairie, Texas) had to work hard to defeat a strong quartet from the Bahamas.

Rock, the 2005 World Outdoor Championships silver medalist, led off for the Americans and was in fourth place when he handed the baton to Brew, the 2004 Olympic bronze medalist, who promptly took the lead and ran a 44.59 split before presenting the baton, and a slight lead, to 2004 Olympic 4x400m relay gold medalist Williamson.

Williamson ran his third leg in 44.32, with Andrae Williams of the Bahamas right on his heels. The issue was still in doubt when Wariner, the 2004 Olympic champion and reigning world champion, began his anchor leg. Wariner opened up a small lead and beat Christopher Brown of the Bahamas to the finish line win the gold medal in a world-leading time of 2 minutes, 56.91 seconds. The Bahamas set a national record in winning the silver medal in 2:57.32, with Jamaica (2:58.07) winning the bronze medal.

Team USA's clocking of 2:56.91 was its fourth-fastest gold medal winning time in World Championships history.

Hemingway places 11th in men's high jump

2005 Olympic silver medalist Matt Hemingway (Littleton, Colo.) finished tied for 11th Sunday evening with Finland's Oskari Frosen.

The 2005 USA Outdoor champion, Hemingway cleared 2.20 meters/7 feet, 2.50 inches on his second attempt, before missing three times at 2.25m/7-4.50.

Team USA marathoners finish sixth in World Marathon Cup

Team USA's marathoners finished sixth in the World Marathon Cup, accumulating a time of 7 hours, 49 minutes, 44 seconds. The performance equals Team USA's best finish ever when it finished sixth at the 1999 Worlds in Seville, Spain.

Team USA was led by Turena Johnson Lane (Muncie, Ind.) who finished 26th in posting a personal best time of 2:34:43, the third-fastest time run by an American in the 22-year history of the World Championships.

Following Johnson Lane was Jill Boaz (Los Osos, Calif.) who finished 30th in 2:36:29.

Rounding out the American scorers was Emily Levan (Wicasset, Maine), who placed 35th in 2:38:32.

Jenny Crain (Milwaukee, Wis.) finished 36th in 2:39:02, and Mary Akor (Gardena, Calif.) was 50th in 2:57.18.

Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain won the race in a championship record time of 2:20:57.

Catherine Ndereba of Kenya finished second in 2:22:01, while Constantina Tomescu of Romania was third in 2:23:19.

Ndereba led Kenya to the World Marathon Cup team title, in a team time of 7:12:37. Japan placed second in 7:16:35, while Great Britain captured the team bronze medal in 7:27:04.

Team USA Medal TallyAs of August 14Gold (14)Justin Gatlin (Raleigh, N.C.), M100, 9.88Justin Gatlin (Raleigh, N.C.), M200, 20.04Jeremy Wariner (Grand Prairie, Tex.), M400, 43.93Bershawn Jackson (Raleigh, N.C.), M400mH, 47.30Adam Nelson (Athens, Ga.), MSP, 21.73m/71-3.50Bryan Clay (Azusa, Calif.), MDecathlon, 8,732 pointsDwight Phillips (Kennesaw, Ga.), MLJ, 8.60m/28-2.75Walter Davis (Baton Rouge, La.), MTJ, 17.57m/57-7.75Lauryn Williams (Miami, Fla.), W100, 10.93Allyson Felix (Santa Clarita, Calif.), W200, 22.16Michelle Perry (Los Angeles), W100H, 12.66Tianna Madison (Knoxville, Tenn.), WLJ, 6.89m/22-7.25W4x100m relay - Angela Daigle (Carson, Calif.), Muna Lee (Baton Rouge,La.), Lisa Barber (Raleigh, N.C.), Lauryn Williams (Miami, Fla.), 41.78

M4x400m relay - Andrew Rock (Stratford, Wis.), Derrick Brew (Springs, Texas),

Darold Williamson (Waco, Texas), Jeremy Wariner (Grand Prairie, Texas), Miles Smith (Cape Girardeau, Missouri), LaShawn Merritt (Portsmouth, Va.), 2:56.91Silver (8)Wallace Spearmon (Fayetteville, Ark.), M200, 20.20Andrew Rock (LaCrosse, Wis.), M400, 44.35James Carter (Hampton, Va.), M400H, 47.43Brad Walker (Seattle, Wash.), MPV, 5.75m/18-10.75Rachelle Boone-Smith (Norfolk, Va.), 22.31Sanya Richards (Austin, Texas), W400, 49.74Lashinda Demus (Columbia, S.C.), W400H, 53.27Chaunte Howard (Atlanta), WHJ, 2.0m/6-6.75Bronze (3)John Capel (Gainesville, Fla.), M200, 20.31Allen Johnson (Irmo, S.C.), M110H, 13.10Sandra Glover (Sugarland, Texas), W400H, 53.32

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