Jones takes gold; Team USA wins 5 medals in Saturday p.m. competition

03-08-2008

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VALENCIA, Spain - Lolo Jones and Candice Davis went 1-2 in the women's 60 meter hurdles, Allen Johnson added a silver to his collection from the men's 60m hurdles, Jenn Stuczynski claimed silver in the women's pole vault and Andra Manson won his first medal of any color with his bronze in the men's high jump Saturday night at the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Valencia, Spain.

Two-time U.S. Indoor champion Lolo Jones (Baton Rouge, La.) has added some international hardware to her growing collection after winning gold in the women's 60-meter hurdles in 7.80 seconds. 2008 U.S. Indoor runner-up Candice Davis (Culver City, Calif.) beat Jones out of the blocks but Jones surged and passed Davis mid-race for the win, with Davis picking up the silver medal for her efforts with a time of 7.93. Earlier in the evening, Jones and Davis easily advance to the final with Jones winning her heat in 7.82 and Davis taking second in hers in 7.99.

Three-time World Indoor champion Allen Johnson (Columbia, S.C.) at age 37 added a silver medal to his sizeable collection with his runner-up finish in the men's 60m hurdles in 7.55 seconds. Johnson held a slight lead heading into the first hurdle but wound up second to reigning Olympic and World champion Liu Xiang, who won in a season's best 7.46. This was Johnson's first silver medal in a World Indoor or Outdoor Championships; he has a record seven gold and one silver. In the semi-finals, Johnson was second in heat 1 in 7.64 and 2008 U.S. Indoor champion David Oliver (Kissimmee, Fla.) was fourth in heat 3 in 7.65 and did not advance.

Two-time U.S. Indoor champion Jenn Stuczynski (Churchville, N.Y.), who ended 2007 ranked #8 in the world by Track & Field News, brought home the silver medal in the women's pole vault with her clearance of 4.75 meters/15 feet 7 inches. Reigning Olympic and World champion Yelena Isinbayeva won the competition at the same height, but with zero misses, while Stuczynski had a miss at that height. Both vaulters passed 4.80m/15-9 and went straight to 4.85m/15-11, where they each failed to clear the bar.

The surprise medal of the night came from 2002 World Junior champion Andra Manson (Austin, Texas) who tied for bronze in the men's high jump with a season best 2.30m/7-6.5. The 2008 U.S. Indoor champion and 2004 NCAA Outdoor champion, this was the first international competition on the elite level for Manson. Two-time NCAA Outdoor champion Jesse Williams (Eugene, Ore.) tied for sixth place with his clearance of 2.27m/7-5.25.

Also on the track, Moushaumi Robinson (New Albany, Ohio) and Shareese Woods (Charlotte, N.C.) advanced to the final in the women's 400m. Robinson, the 2004 Olympic 4x400m gold medalist, took third in her heat in 51.85 and the 2008 U.S. Indoor champion, Woods, was the runner-up in her heat in 51.87. After being spiked on his hand mid-race, David Neville (Los Angeles, Calif.) was sixth in heat 1 of the men's 400m semi-finals in 48.18 and did not advance.

Bryan Clay (Glendora, Calif.) continues to lead the men's pentathlon at the conclusion of day 1 with 3,736 points. Clay threw the shot a personal best 16.21m/53-2.25 and cleared 2.09m/6-10.25 in the high jump. Donovan Kilmartin is in sixth with 3,340 after a throw of 14.09m/46-2.75 in the shot and a clearance of 2.03m/6-7.75 in the high jump.

2007 U.S. Indoor champion Nick Symmonds (Springfield, Ore.) won his heat in the men's 800m semi-final to advance to the final, clocking in at 1:48.43. Three-time U.S. Indoor champion Khadevis Robinson was third in his heat in 1:47.57 and did not advance. American indoor record holder Nicole Teter (Eugene, Ore.) took fifth in heat 1 of the women's 800m semi-final in 2:04.72 and did not advance.

TEAM USA MEDAL TABLE

Gold (3):

Christian Cantwell (Columbia, Mo.), MSP

Anglea Williams (Ontario, Calif.), W60m

Lolo Jones (Baton Rouge, La.), W60mH

Silver (4):

Reese Hoffa (Athens, Ga.), MSP

Jenn Stuczynski (Churchville, N.Y.), WPV

Candice Davis (Culver City, Calif.), W60mH

Allen Johnson (Columbia, S.C.), M60mH

Bronze (1):

Andra Manson (Austin, Texas), MHJ

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ATHLETE QUOTES

Andra Manson - men's high jump bronze medalist

"I'm excited, I'll celebrate tonight. It was a great competition. Being in an atmosphere like this is exciting, jumping against the best guys in the world. This was my first time seeing these guys in person. It was good. I'm happy with my performance but at the same time I wish I could have cleared 2.32.

Jesse Williams - men's high jump final

"I felt really good. I just couldn't get off the ground. I felt like I could have medaled, I would have only had to go one height higher. I'm in really good shape right now. Hopefully it will go better in Beijing."

Lolo Jones - women's 60mH gold medalist

"I'm really excited. I knew I was going to run fast. I'm having a tremendous year. When it's your time to peak, it's your time. But I do wish Susanna (Kallur) had run but I'll take the medal. It's my first medal and it's gold. How cool is that?

I felt like all of the pressure that had been on Susanna was shifted to me (because she was out of the race). "

Candice Davis - women's 60mH silver medalist

"I was happy for the false start. It helped me get the reaction that I wanted the second time around. I stayed in the race and got the silver and I'm happy with silver. We went 1-2 and that's great. This is a small piece of what's to come. I'm looking forward to Beijing."

Allen Johnson - men's 60mH silver medalist

"I'm happy to get a medal, silver is good. It lets me know I am right where I want to be for the Olympic Games."

Jenn Stuczynski - women's pole vault silver medalist

"It was good. I felt bad in the beginning, I was a little off, but then it started to come together. I had a couple of great attempts. I passed at 4.80 because the American record is 4.85 and I wanted it, but it just wasn't there."

Khadevis Robinson - men's 800m semi-final

"That's life. I never had a good position. I sat because they went out fast, never got in position. They (my competitors) ran well. For some reason I can't make the final. It's becoming a burden. I would have had to PR to make it but I'm in shape to do it. It happens. I'm very disappointed in myself."

Nick Symmonds - men's 800m semi-final

"That felt good, so easy. I really felt comfortable. I tried to go forward and I got elbowed in the chest. So I just made one move at the end and it worked. I think I still have more so I'll come back tomorrow and see what's left. All of my competition are extremely talented and I'm proud to be part of the finals and I think I have as good a chance as anybody. I'm excited to get the experience."

Lolo Jones - women's 60mH semi-final

"It was good. I was cautious at the start because of the first false start."

Candice Davis - women's 60mH semi-final

"I felt a lot better than in the first round. Hopefully, it is going to be a storybook ending in the final."

David Oliver - men's 60mH semi-final

"The guy from Germany caught my arm and messed me up. But that's the hazard of the hurdles."

Moushaumi Robinson - women's 400m semi-final

"I just have to let go in the finals and give it all I've got. Two races down, two to go."

Shareese Woods - women's 400m semi-final

"I've been making a habit of that (setting personal records in her races). Now we have to represent in the finals."