Eight medals and 2 American records for Team USA on day 2 in Doha
Qatar – Team USA brought home eight medals, four of them gold, and
captured two American records Saturday night at the 2010 IAAF World
Indoor Championships, March 12-14, in the Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar.
World Indoor champion Lolo Jones made history tonight, becoming the
first woman ever to claim back-to-back title in the 60m hurdles and
setting an American record in the process. Jones burst out of the
blocks at the gun and never looked back, storming down the tracks and
over the hurdles to cross the finish line in a Championship record
7.72. Jones was so ecstatic upon crossing the finish line that she
almost cleared one last hurdle, the sprint crash pad. It was Gail
Devers’ record of 7.74 from 2003 that Jones broke. Devers, herself a
three-time World Indoor champion (’93, ’97, ’04), immediately emailed
her congratulations to Lolo. 2010 USA Indoor champion Ginnie Powell
finished fifth in 7.97.
2008 Olympic silver medalist Hyleas
Fountain tied the American record in the women’s pentathlon with her
score of 4,753 points, finishing in fourth place. Fountain has personal
bests in the 800m (2:21.02) and the shot put (14.06m/46-1.5). She had a
season’s best in the high jump (1.87m/6-1.5), finished the 60m hurdles
in 8.20 and long jumped 6.46m/21-2.5.
Reigning World Outdoor
champion Christian Cantwell became the first man ever to win three
World Indoor shot put gold medals tonight. Cantwell shot into the lead
with his first effort of 21.60m/70-10.5 but lost it in the fifth round
when Andrei Mikhnevich (BLR) threw 21.68m/71-1.5. Cantwell responded on
his last throw of the competition with an effort of 21.83m/71-7.5 and
the Belarussian was unable to respond. Cantwell has now won the 2004,
2008 and 2010 World Indoor titles.
Team USA’s first medals of
the competition came from 2008 Olympic gold medalist Bryan Clay and
2009 World Outdoor champion Trey Hardee as they went 1-2 in the men’s
heptathlon, respectively. Clay captured his second-consecutive world
indoor gold medal in the heptathlon with 6,204 points and Hardee
brought home silver with 6,184. In the 60m hurdles, Hardee had the
fastest time in 7.79 and Clay was second in 8.00 and they each cleared
5.00m/16-4.75 in the pole vault. Hardee ran the 1,000m in a personal
best 2:47.76 and Clay finished in 2:50.28.
2009 World Outdoor
4x400m gold medalist Debbie Dunn won the first individual gold medal of
her career in the women’s 400m, crossing the line in 51.04. Dunn is
only the third American ever to win the women’s 400m at a World Indoor
Championships and the first since Jearl Miles Clark in 1997.
USA Outdoor champion Mike Rodgers claimed the silver medal in the men’s
60m, finishing as the runner-up in 6.53 behind Great Britain’s Dwain
Chambers who ran a world-leading 6.48 for the win. 2010 USA Indoor
runner-up Trell Kimmons took fourth in 6.59.
In the men’s
400m, coming off the final turn it was the Bahamas’ Chris Brown,
Bershawn Jackson and Jamaal Torrance. But Ireland’s David Gillick tried
to make a move on the inside and clipped Jackson and Torrance. Brown
finished as the winner in 45.96, Cuba’s William Collazo moved up into
second in 46.31 and Torrance claimed bronze in 46.43. Jackson, who
originally finished sixth in 46.84, was elevated to fifth after Gillick
2005 World Outdoor silver medalist Chaunte
Lowe claimed the bronze medal in the women’s high jump with her
clearance at 1.98m/6-6. Croatia’s Blanka Vlasic successfully defended
her title, clearing 2.00m/6-6.75 and Ruth Beitia (ESP) was second at
1.98m/6-6 but with fewer misses then Lowe.
In other action at
the track, 2008 Olympian Derek Miles finished fourth in the men’s pole
vault after clearing 5.65m/18-6.5 and Garrett Heath finished seventh in
the men’s 1,500m final in 3:43.81. 2009 World Outdoor Championships
marathoner Desiree Davila finished 10th in the women’s 3,000m in
This year’s edition of the IAAF World Indoor
Championships will be streamed LIVE on Universal Sports and replayed on
TV each night at 6 p.m. ET. For more information, go to www.universalsports.com.
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