Day 6 Team USA Evening Quotes from Osaka – August 30, 2007


Jill Geer
Director of Communications
USA Track & Field

Men's Pole Vault Qualifying

Brad Walker (Mountlake Terrace, Wash.): Took three jumps. Cleared 5.70 after that, and luckily got the chance to shut it down. It's anybody's game, and I am sure there will be a lot of people in the mix in the finals.

Jeff Hartwig (Jonesboro, Ark.): A bit frustrating. I feel like I was in much better shape at the US championships than I am right now. I put a lot of effort into just getting here at the nationals that I left myself short here.

Jacob Pauli (Cedar Falls, Iowa): Everything was going good. Made 5.55 on the first attempt, then made a decision to pass 5.65, which ultimately made the final. Conditions were decent. This is a building block for next year, but it's still super disappointing.

Men's 800m Qualifying

Khadevis Robinson (Santa Monica, Calif.): I want to get 50-point, but I was a little slow. I wanted to hit 1:17, but I was a little slow. I ran what I thought I would run, 1:45.5. I thought I would be fine. But those guys are running today. I felt absolutely terrible. But hopefully I live to fight another day, get a lot of treatment, get my head right and go at it again. The legs were fine before I raced. I got back from Monaco and might have over done it a bit. I kind of nicked myself a bit. But that's definitely no excuse though. I felt fine tonight. I didn't feel it all in the race. I might have pulled my hamstring, but again, that's no excuse.

Nick Symmonds (Springfield, Ore.): The race went out pretty quick. I expected it to go out slow. It was the first heat. No one was expecting that. Technically, it was a good race. There weren't any pushing matches. People were running outside Lane 1 for some reason. Every move I needed to make was to the inside. It made it really easy. The only tough part I had was with 110 meters to go. I had to squirt through a couple of people. That opened up a lane for myself. I knew everyone was going to be doing the same thing. (On being in a box) That will happen. You know a hole will open up eventually. I hope to have something left for the finals. But I promise you to leave everything on the track.

Duane Solomon (Los Angeles, Calif.): It went pretty well in the first lap. I felt pretty comfortable. I was in the lead. I had a pretty big lead. I was trying to relax. Coming down, say the last turn, I felt like my calf tightened up a little bit. I kind of worried about it. I pushed the gaps a little bit. It would then come back up. I had to slow down so it would go away. It lasted the whole way through the line. I couldn't really go to my top speed at the end. This is my first worlds, right after Pan Am. It was good competition over there. But it's nothing like this. I felt good all week. I hit my time. I was hoping to run a big one this week. At least 1:46 would have made it, or 1:45. It didn't happen today.

Women's 400m Hurdles Final

Tiffany Williams(Columbia, S.C.): I got out really hard for the first 350 (meters) and I just died after that. I didn't run a smart race. I just had nothing left at the end. I did my best.

Men's Long Jump Final

Dwight Philips (Snellville, Ga.): It's kind of bittersweet. I don't really know how to feel, coming in third. I hadn't finished like that with a bronze medal and it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. But hey, I have motivation for next year and I'm looking forward to it. It wasn't my best at all. I didn't execute and that's what happens when you don't execute.

Miguel Pate (Tuscaloosa, Ala.): It was tough. I think I had a jump that could've been in contention for a medal, but of course it was a foul. I'm really disappointed because I'm ready to jump far. I didn't have a chance to show that today, so I'll go back home and get ready for the rest of the season.

Trevell Quinley (Sacramento, Calif): It didn't go as planned. I know it's my first team but that's no excuse. I'm pretty disappointed. It's back to the drawing board for me. I got some good experience getting my butt whupped at a major meet, but that's just going to motivate me for next year. Next season I'll be training with (world record holder) Mike Powell and I think that'll make all the difference

Men's 5,000 meters Qualifying

Matt Tegenkamp (Madison, Wis.): It was kind of up and down. I'm feeling good about Sunday. As much as people want to complain about US distance running, it's time that people need to put a positive spin on things. We surround ourselves with positive people, and it gets you going in the right frame of mind that you know that you can do the things you need to do, and we went out and proved that tonight. I think the final is going to be hard from the gun, and it will get rid of people early.

Adam Goucher (Portland, Ore.): I don't think I've ever done that (miscounted laps in a race). It was a very big novice mistake. My legs got heavy with 400 meters to go, but I knew I had to be in the top ten and run faster than 13:47. I didn't think that there was going to be another five guys going past me. It's an advantage to be in the second heat. You know what time you have to run, and you can watch the clock

Men's 110m Hurdles Semifinals

Terrence Trammell (Ellenwood, Ga.): I felt pretty good. I just wanted to come out and have a good semi and make it through to the final and I was able to do that. It's a little more humid than I thought it was, but I'm okay. It's not too big of a deal. The goal is to stay hydrated and stick to the game plan. We'll see what happens tomorrow.

David Oliver (Orlando, Fla.): I did the best I could. I guess it just wasn't my time. I went out there and gave it all I had and I'm kind of disappointed that it had to end this way, but I just gotta get ready for next year and hopefully the cards will be in line. I wish I could've done better.

David Payne (Cincinnati, Ohio): I am amazed. I let it go after outdoor nationals. Good luck to all the rest of the guys. I'm just surprised that I am here. Now that I am here, it's great to be here. When I have that attitude of nothing to lose, I'm going for it all. I don't feel like (I have jet lag), but I'm not saying it because you might jinx me. I feel pretty good right now and I am ready to run tomorrow. I am (surprised), but I have been traveling a lot. I've been to Brazil for the Pan Am Games, back from Brazil, back over to London and back. I've traveled a lot, not that I am used to it. I'm slowly getting used to it. Maybe it will hit me in a little while. Hopefully it won't hit me tomorrow.

Women's 200m Semifinal

Allyson Felix (Santa Clarita, Calif.): I wanted to come out really strong, and run a good 150, and it went well for me. We can expect something really fast. I'm looking forward to it. I think it's a good chance we can go 1-2-3-4. Everyone's running real well. I feel really prepared. I've been waiting for this meet for a long time.

Sanya Richards (Austin, Texas): I felt really good today. I wanted to work on my last 50, especially running fast and staying relaxed, and that's what I did today. Allyson looked phenomenal in her heat today. I knew she had to run fast today with the kind of people running in her heat. I'm going to give it my best in the finals, and I think that we will run under 22 seconds. Allyson and Veronica (Campbell) will be really tough, but I want to win too. I think Veronica could potentially break up a clean sweep. I think Torri's very hungry. I know she wants a medal. Anything can happen in the finals.

Torri Edwards (Corona, Calif.) I felt so-so. I didn't run the curve the way I wanted to. Lost some ground on the straightaway, but that's okay. I'm human, so I am feeling the rounds a bit, but I'm dealing with it. It's USA vs. the World, but there's also individual competition between us. It would be nice to get a gold medal.

LaShauntea Moore (Akron, Ohio): My curve and my start wasn't so good. I had to chase once again. I'm going back to the drawing board and work on my strategy of getting out of the blocks, because I feel that if I'm within striking distance coming off the curve, I have a chance of getting a medal. I believe we can go 1-2-3-4.

Men's 200-meter Final

Tyson Gay (Fayetteville, Ark.): I believe what I did was a result of a lot of strength, a lot of prayer. I'm doing this for my coach Jon Drummond, my family, God, and I came out with the victory. I'm not used to not coming off the curve first and winning. It shows that I have a lot of strength and put in a lot of hard work. Usain Bolt gave me a run for my money. I was a little nervous. I worked on my form and staying relaxed and I came out with the victory. It shocked me that he was winning, and I'm not used to that. The last time that happened to me was in '05. I want the world to know that Bolt's a great competitor. I've seen him put in the work, throwing up after practice, so it would make me go home and put in the work.

Wallace Spearmon (Fayetteville, Ark.): My first two steps I stumbled and tried to stand up and just run and it was too late. I tried but there was nothing I could do. Tyson is an animal on that turn. I wanted to run the turn harder and it just didn't work. Maybe it's not for me. I got a medal, so it's like a pat on the back, but it feels like a spit in the face. I know I can run as fast as they did, but I guess you'll see it later. Tyson is the man to beat. Hands down, he just proved it.

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