Barber wins gold on day 3 of Athletics at Pan Am Games


Vicky Oddi
Communications Coordinator
USA Track & Field

RIO DE JANEIRO - Miki Barber brought home the gold medal in the women's 100 meters, Mechelle Lewis and Darvis Patton both won silver in thewomen's and men's 100m, respectively, and Bashir Ramzy claimed bronze Tuesday at the 2007 Pan American Games at Joao Havelange Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The 2000 NCAA champion over 400m, Barber (Montclair, N.J.) broke the 28-year old Pan American Games record and set a personal best in winning the women's 100m in 11.02 seconds. The previous record of 11.05 was set in 1979 by Evelyn Ashford. It was a sweep for the U.S. women in the race, with Mechelle Lewis (Fort Washington, Md.) claiming silver in 11.24. It was the sixth time in 15 Pan American Games that American women claimed the top two spots.

The next final on the track was the men's 100m. After one false start and two athletes raising their hands for being uncomfortable in the blocks, Darvis Patton (Dallas, Texas) was the quickest out of the gate. Patton surged ahead in the race and led through 95 meters, until he was nipped at the finish by the Netherlands Antilles' Churandy Martina. Martina won gold in 10.15, just edging out Patton who took silver in 10.17. J-Mee Samuels (Winston-Salem, N.C.) was sixth in 10.33.

After sitting in sixth place through five rounds of the men's long, Bashir Ramzy (Dallas, Texas) leapt 7.90 meters/25 feet 11 inches on his last attempt to move into third position and win the bronze medal.

In the women's 800m final, 2007 U.S. and NCAA champion Alysia Johnson (Canyon Country, Calif.) led the pack through the 400m mark in 57.97, but was unable to hold the lead and finished sixth in 2:02.57. 2006 NCAA champion and 2005 Rhodes Scholar Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla.) was fourth in the men's shot put with his heave of 19.67m/64-6.5.

2006 U.S. Outdoor runner-up Ryan Harlan (Houston, Texas) finished fifth in the men's decathlon with 7,687 points. Harlan had moved into third place after clearing 4.80m/15-9 in the pole vault and held third with his 55.99m/183-3 throw in the javelin. He then moved back to finish fifth after his 5:26.59 effort in the 1,500m. Chris Boyles (Carlisle, Penn.) finished just behind Harlan in sixth with 7,666.

2006 U.S. Outdoor champion Virginia "GiGi" Johnson (State College, Penn.) ended day 1 of the women's heptathlon in fourth place with 3,476 points. Two-time U.S. Outdoor champion Hyleas Fountain (Enola, Penn.) withdrew due to injury.

Around the rounds

Jenny Adams (Tromball, Texas) and Yvette Lewis (Newport News, Va.) both qualified for the finals in the women's 100m hurdles. Adams took second in her semifinal heat in 13.16 while Lewis took third in her heat in 13.25.

Both Monique Henderson (San Diego, Calif.) and Debbie Dunn (Capitol Height, Md.) took third in their respective heats of the women's 400m semifinal and will move on to the final. Henderson finished in 52.18 and Dunn crossed the line i 51.86. The men's 400m semifinal saw Jamaal Torrence (Orlando, Fla.) take fourth in his heat in 45.75 and Lionel Larry (Compton, Calif.) place second in his heat in 45.40. Both advanced to Wednesday's final.

Team USA Athletics medal tally as of July 25 - Gold (3) Sara Slattery (Phoenix, Ariz.), W10,000: 32:54.51; Ed Moran (Dayton, N.J.) M5,000: 13:25.60; Miki Barber (Montclair, N.J.) W100: 11.02 Silver (3) April Steiner (Mesa, Ariz.) WPV: 4.40m/14-5.25; Mechelle Lewis (Fort Washington, Md.) W100: 11.24; Darvis Patton (Dallas, Texas) M100: 10.17 Bronze (1) Bashir Ramzy (Dallas, Texas) MLJ: 7.90m/25-11

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Miki Barber, women's 100m champion - I was a little nervous before the start. I was doing blocks before the race and I couldn't get my start down. When I got to the line I decided to just go for broke. I knew I could do it. I'm so happy to get the record and the W.

Mechelle Lewis, women's 100m silver medalist - I did my best. Miki had a good start and I tried to go with her but I couldn't hold it. But I did my best and we went 1-2. It's setting us up great for the 4x100 relay.

Darvis Patton, men's 100m silver medalist - I'll take silver. That's my second silver by a lean (2003 World 200m silver medal). I started to lean too soon and I'll regret it tonight. That's why I lost my balance.

J-Mee Samuels, 6th in men's 100m - I came out good but got tight as the race went on. There's room for improvement (in my race).

Garrett Johnson, 4th in men's shot put - I got fourth, had a bad day. It happens.

Chris Boyles, 6th in men's decathlon - I snapped my first pole in warm-ups this afternoon. After that I just felt really banged up. It's a cool atmosphere here, this was awesome. Now I've just got to get ready for the next one. Three (decathlon competitions) down, three to go.

Bashir Ramzy, men's long jump bronze medalist - I feel good. It was crazy. I jumped bad yesterday, so I went back to my old ways. I'm friends with the two Brazilian long jumpers (Erivaldo Vieira and Rogerio Bispo) and I think that the crowd noticed the support they gave me. Once the Brazilians were no longer in (the competition) then they (the crowd) started supporting me too. They were great.

Jenny Adams, women's 100m hurdles semifinal - It felt really slow. I'm just glad we have two rounds so that I can work everything out before the final.

Yvette Lewis, women's 100m hurdles semifinal - I hit about three hurdles, I'm glad I made it to the final. I didn't find out I was running the hurdles until I got here. But it doesn't matter, I'll do anything.

Monique Henderson, women's 400m semifinal - My race was ok. I was just trying to get the kinks out and make it through.

Jamaal Torrence, men's 400m semifinal - My race could have been better. I will have to work on it for tomorrow.


Women's 800m

1. Diane Cummins, CAN, 1:59.75

2. Rosibel Garcia Mena, COL, 2:00.02

3.Zulla Calatayud, CUB, 2:00.34

6. Alysia Johnson, USA, 2:0257

Men's long jump

1. Irving Saladino, PAN, 8.28m27-2

2.Wilfredo Martinez, CUB, 7.92m/260

3. Bashir Ramzy, USA, 7.90m/25-11

Men's shot put

1. Dylan Armstrong, CAN, 20.10m/65-11.5

2. Dorlan Scott, JAM, 20.08m/65-10.5

3. Carlos Veliz, CUB, 19.75m/64-9.75

4. Garrett Johnson, USA, 19.67m/64-6.5

Women's 100m

1. Miki Barber, USA, 11.02

2. Mechelle Lewis, USA, 11.24

3. Chandra Sturrup, BAH, 11.29

Men's 100m

1. Churandy Martina, AHO, 10.16

2. Darvis Patton, USA, 10.17

3. Brendan Christian, ANT, 10.26

6. J-Mee Samuels, USA, 10.33

Men's decathlon

1. Maurice Smith, JAM, 8,278

2. Yordan Garcia, CUB, 8,113

3. Carlos Chinin, BRA, 7,977

5. Ryan Harlan, USA, 7,687

6. Chris Boyles, USA, 7,666