USA Wins 25 Medals at WC (Listed)

Team USA wins 25 medals at World Championships

DAEGU, South Korea ‰ÛÓ Team USA closed out the 13th IAAF World Outdoor
Track and Field Championships adding two more gold medals to its
collection, while Allyson Felix and Bernard Lagat achieved milestones
as multi-time medalists Sunday night.

Team USA led the country medal count with 25 total, including 12 golds
and eight silvers which also led all nations. Team USA also had the
most medals of any men‰Ûªs team totaling 13 compared to seven by
runner-up Kenya.

The 12 medals, including six gold, won by the USA women‰Ûªs team were the most ever at the World Outdoor Championships.

Felix ran the second leg on Team USA‰Ûªs women‰Ûªs 4×100 which ran a
world-leading time of 41.56 to earn her 10th career medal at the World
Championships tying her with the legendary Carl Lewis for the most
medals ever won by an American. It also marked just the third time Team
USA won the women‰Ûªs 4×100 and 4×400 relays at the same World

Felix became only the fourth woman in the history of the World
Championships to collect four medals in the meet joining American Gwen
Torrence. Kathrin Krabbe of Germany and Marita Koch from East Germany.
Felix finished second in the 400, third in the 200 while running on the
winning 4×400 relay

Team USA also showed a bright glimpse to the future by having
youngsters Christian Taylor (21) and Will Claye (20) capture the gold
and bronze medals, respectively, in the men’s triple jump. It marked
just the second time Team USA has won two medals in the triple jump.

Lagat‰Ûªs second-place finish in the men‰Ûªs 5,000 enabled him to become
the all-time leading World Championships medalist in the race by
collecting his third medal to go along with a gold in 2007 and a silver
in 2009.

Women‰Ûªs 4x100m Final
Team USA put it all together with a world-leading time of 41.56 to beat
defending champion Jamaica. Earlier in the night Team USA had run a
then world-leading time of 41.94 in the qualifying heats.

Bianca Knight (Austin, Texas) ran the lead leg and established Team USA
in the first position. 200m bronze medalist Allyson Felix (Santa
Clarita, Calif.) maintained the lead and exchanged the baton with
Marshavet Myers (Grand Prairie, Texas). Myers was able to extend the
lead over her opponent Sherone Simpson of Jamaica.

On the final leg Carmelta Jeter (Gardena, Calif.) opened with a lead of
three meters, and even as Veronica-Campbell Brown of Jamaica tried to
close the gap, Jeter finished strong to bring the USA home in 41.56 to
Jamaica‰Ûªs 41.70.
It was the first meeting between Team USA and Jamaica in a women‰Ûªs
relay final since the 2007 World Championships, when Team USA finished
just 0.03 ahead of the Jamaicans.

Triple Jump Men Final
Two of the youngest members of Team USA jumped to gold and bronze in
the men‰Ûªs triple jump. After three jumps, defending World Champion
Phillips Idowu from Great Britain sat in first, with Americans
Christian Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) in second and Will Claye (Phoenix,
Ariz.) in third. On the fourth jump Taylor, 21, let loose a world
leading mark of 17.96m/58-11.25 to move into first. Oduwu then improved
his mark as well to 17.77m/58-3.75, but remained in the silver
position. Claye, 20, stayed in third with his mark of
17.50m/57-5 and no one else was able to touch the podium and the order
remained the same through the next two attempts.

It marked the second time that the U.S. has ever had two medalists in
the men‰Ûªs triple jump. The last occasion was with Kenney Harrison and
Michael Conley in 1991.

5,000m Men Final
Bernard Lagat (Tucson, Ariz.) and Galen Rupp (Portland, Ore.) ran near
one another for much of the race. The pack stayed largely intact
through 4,600m, with Lagat and Rupp shifting positions throughout the
middle of the pack with Rupp even taking a turn in the runner-up spot.
But when the bell rang for the last lap, the pack quickly strung out
and Rupp began to fade farther back into the pack. With 200m remaining,
Lagat made a surge to the front and coming down the homestretch he
charged after Mo Farah of Great Britain, only to finish
within three-tenths of a second behind in 13:23.64. Rupp finished ninth
in 13:28.64.

Lagat became the first man to ever win three world championship medals
in the 5,000m. After winning gold in 2007 and silver in 2009, Lagat
proved that even though he may be the oldest of the field (36), he
still has what it takes to make it to the podium.

800m Women Final
With the entire field running under two minutes, Alysia Montano (Canyon
Country, Calif.) and Maggie Vessey (Seacliff, Calif.) both ran to
season bests in the 800m. Montano found herself in third at the bell
lap, but as Caster Semenya of South Africa began her charge on the
backstretch, Montano fell to fourth. Coming down the last 100m, it
looked as if Montano was going to catch Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei of
Kenya, but the Kenya was able to hold on to take bronze by only
six-hundredths of a second, with Montano taking third in 1:57.48.
Vessey finished two positions back in sixth in 1:58.66. Today‰Ûªs race
marked the first time the U.S. had two athletes in the final and was
the second fastest career 800m for both Vessey and Montano.

Men‰Ûªs 4x100m Final
Team USA, which ran a world-leading time (37.79) in the heats, failed
to complete the final as Darvis Patton (Grand Prairie, Texas) collided
with Britain‰Ûªs anchor, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, as he came in to make
the final exchange to Walter Dix (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). Patton
sprawled to the track, tried unavailingly to get up, and watched
despairingly as the rest of the field set off on the final leg. The
result saw Usain Bolt belt down the home straight allowing Jamaica to
set a world record of 37.04. Trell Kimmons (Coldwater,
Miss.) and Justin Gatlin (Orlando, Fla.) ran the first and second legs
for Team USA in both the qualifying and final round.

Women‰Ûªs Hammer Throw Final
Jessica Cosby (Mission Hills, Calif.) finished the women‰Ûªs hammer throw
in 11th place. On her second throw of the day she hit 68.91m/226-1,
just shy of her mark from qualifying of 71.06m/233-1.


Bianca Knight, 1st leg Women‰Ûªs 4x100m Final
‰ÛÏI just feel honored to be able to be at my first World Championships
and to be able to run both rounds and win a gold medal. I guess this
will be a dream season for me. I‰Ûªve still got one more meet left, and
I‰Ûªm looking good for that too. The season is not done yet, but this is
definitely the highlight of my season.‰Û

Allyson Felix, 2nd leg Women‰Ûªs 4x100m Final
‰ÛÏEarlier today I heard about [tying Carl Lewis‰Ûª record 10 medals]. I
had no idea; it is a really cool thing. It was so much fun. I think I
was just running on adrenaline. I was just an honor to be asked to run
with these amazing women, especially after such a long program. I was
just excited to be a part of it.‰Û

Marshevet Myers, 3rd leg Women‰Ûªs 4x100m Final
‰ÛÏIt feels great. This is my first gold medal. It‰Ûªs great motivation
going into next year. These girls ran great and I feel blessed to be a
part of this wonderful relay team. I‰Ûªm ever prouder now of finding out
we ran a world best.‰Û

Carmelita Jeter, 4th leg Women‰Ûªs 4x100m final
‰ÛÏThe difference is that you have other women depending on you. and you
know that if you fell there would be a lot of pressure on you.. To know
that these girls ran exceptional legs and you couldn‰Ûªt get it across
the finish line for them. That was the most pressure I had in these
championships. I‰Ûªm very excited and I‰Ûªm excited about London 2012.‰Û

Justin Gatlin, 2nd leg men‰Ûªs 4x100m Final
‰ÛÏWe were amped up to get ready for the finals…We had good exchanges
all year. We wanted to show the world that we‰Ûªre a good relay team.
It‰Ûªs really bittersweet because we came together
as a team to show the world that we can get the stick around and be
cohesive. We had great stick passing in the prelims. Going into the
fourth leg in the finals we had great sticking passing. I thought we
had the world ready for an American record and we were definitely in
medal contention.‰Û

Christian Taylor, Men‰Ûªs Triple Jump Final
‰ÛÏThis is a blessing. It has been such a journey. I came to win and I‰Ûªm
extremely happy with the results. I had a lot of fun and it is just a

‰ÛÏI have another family in Atlanta now. It‰Ûªs a great jump, you saw
Dwight jump for yourselves. It‰Ûªs a hard working group and to be able to
work with these guys day in and day out. It give me confidence coming
into these World Champs working with Walter Davis, a World Champion
himself. It‰Ûªs been a great experience and journey

‰ÛÏI do this event because it is the closest experience I can get to flying, and I felt it when I hit that last jump.‰Û

Will Claye, Men‰Ûªs Triple Jump Final
‰ÛÏWe‰Ûªve been thinking about this all year. We came out here and did our best and ended up doing big things.‰Û

‰ÛÏIt was a long week for me. The result is great, bigger than me. But
God maybe planned it like this with me. In the warm-up I felt I could
jump very long. I am very pleased and happy also for Christian‰Ûªs
awesome jump.‰Û

Bernard Lagat, Men‰Ûªs 5,000m Final
‰ÛÏMy finish was strong, but I felt myself boxed, and I just couldn’t get
out. I’m not making any excuses. I was waiting until 80 meters to go to
move, but got boxed. I was keying on Mo Farah, because he was the
strongest runner, and so I kept on his shoulder the entire way. I was
in position until I got bumped and boxed. I need to learn for 2012 that
in order to position yourself to win, you have to stay out of trouble.‰Û

Galen Rupp, Men‰Ûªs 5,000m Final
‰ÛÏI just didn’t have it today. I didn’t have my kick‰Û_I still have to get
a little stronger so I have more energy on the last lap. I think I’m
just spending too much to get to the last lap. I don’t have that much
to pick it up. That is something I‰Ûªve been working on and we will
continue to work on going into next year.‰Û

On wining time: ‰ÛÏI thought it would be a little faster to be honest.
You have to be ready for anything in these championships.‰Û

Alysia Montano, Women‰Ûªs 800m Final
‰ÛÏThe 800 is an unforgiving event. I felt like I had a lot left, but I
was in a bad position. I had to jump out, and that took a little bit
out of forward momentum out of me. You only have 800 meters to figure
it out. You can’t go sideways–it is about going forward. I’m really
proud of my performance. I’m hungry for 2012.‰Û

Maggie Vessey Women‰Ûªs 800m Final
‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm disappointed because I had a good race plan but my body was not as
responsive as I had hoped in executing it…it‰Ûªs sort of like learning
about a weakness at an inopportune time which was unfortunate. I had
all the good intentions to get it done but I‰Ûªm coming around that
corner but my legs are flat out heavy. I didn‰Ûªt want to embarrass
myself out here which was one of the things on the list I did not want
to do. But when there is a medal on the line and that‰Ûªs what you want
to achieve its
pretty much cut and dry whether you do or not.‰Û

Head Women‰Ûªs Coach Connie Price-Smith
‰ÛÏWe had a lot of people who medaled who had previously not…Then
there‰Ûªs people like Demus (LaShinda) and Carmelita (Jeter) who finally
won gold medals in their events…Allyson (Felix) did a fantastic job
across the board…We had great performances all around the board. Both
relays had great races. They came out and competed well. They were
ready to run. They had great practices leading up to it.

‰ÛÏEverybody has been very focused, working hard and very positive.
Knowing they had a job to do, they came in and did it. It is nice to
take a deep breath and kind of sit back and reflect on everything that
has happened. It‰Ûªs been a good week here and I‰Ûªm proud to be a part of
it. The athletes were wonderful to work with.‰Û

Head Men‰Ûªs Coach Vin Lananna
‰ÛÏFor 25 medals and keeping the United States as the world‰Ûªs number one
team, it‰Ûªs spectacular. Every athlete, personal coach, every staff
member should be excited and proud to be associated with the world‰Ûªs
number one team. And now we just need to continue to build good
momentum going into London.‰Û

Head Relay Coach Jon Drummond
‰ÛÏYou know, misfortune happens. I don‰Ûªt really know what happened, but that is track and field.
All I can say is our 4x400m men won gold, our 4x400m women won gold, our 4x100m women won the gold medal. We won.

“I‰Ûªm not disappointed. Because Doc Patton got tripped. I mean if he had
fallen on his own, then that would be disappointing. The reality is he
got hit and he got tripped and his shoulder is dislocated. I got a
chance to review the film, not as intense as I would like to, but from
based on everything that I‰Ûªve seen and everyone basically expressed to
me, Great Britain basically committed an infraction.”

Team USA Medals

GOLD (12)
Christian Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.), 17.96m/58-11.25, 9/4
W4x100 relay (Bianca Knight, Allyson Felix, Marshevet Myers, Carmelita Jeter), 41.56, 9/4
W4x400 relay (Sanya Richards, Allyson Felix, Jessica Beard, Francena McCorory), 3:18.09, 9/3
M4x400 relay (Greg Nixon, Bershawn Jackson, Angelo Taylor, Lashawn Merritt), 2:59.31, 9/2
Dwight Phillips (Snellville, Ga.), MLJ, 8.45m/27-8.75, 9/2
Lashinda Demus (Palmdale, Calif.), W400H, 52.47AR, 9/1
Jenny Simpson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), W1500, 4:05.40, 9/1
Jesse Williams (Eugene, Ore.), MHJ, 2.35m/7-8.5, 9/1
Carmelita Jeter (Gardena, Calif.), W100, 10.90, 8/29
Jason Richardson (Inglewood, Calif.), M110H, 13.16, 8/29
Trey Hardee (Austin, Texas), Decathlon, 8607, 8/28
Brittney Reese (Gulfport, Miss.), WLJ, 6.82m/22-4.5, 8/28

Bernard Lagat (Tucson, Ariz.), M500m, 13:23.64, 9/4
Walter Dix (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), M200, 19.70, 9/3
Danielle Carruthers (Kennesaw, Ga.), W100H, 12.47PR, 9/3
Carmelita Jeter (Gardena, Calif.), W200, 22.37, 9/2
Lashawn Merritt (Suffolk, Va.), M400, 44.63, 8/30
Allyson Felix (Santa Clarita, Calif.), W400, 49.59PR, 8/29
Ashton Eaton (Eugene, Ore.), Decathlon, 8505, 8/28
Walter Dix (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), M100, 10.08, 8/28

Will Claye (Phoenix, Ariz.), MTJ, 17.50m/57-5, 9/4
Dawn Harper (Los Angeles, Calif.), W100H, 12.47PR, 9/3
Matt Centrowitz (Arnold, Md.), M1500, 3:36.08, 9/3
Allyson Felix (Santa Clarita, Calif.), W200, 22.42, 9/2
Jillian Camarena-Williams (Tucson, Ariz.), WSP, 20.02m/65-8.25, 8/29

Team USA Superlatives


  • 12 is most medals by USA women‰Ûªs team ever at World Outdoors (previous high 11 in 1993)
  • 6 is most golds by USA women‰Ûªs team ever at World Outdoors (5 in 1993, ‰Ûª95 and 2005)
  • First medal ever in women‰Ûªs shot put at World Outdoors
  • First gold in women‰Ûªs 1,500 since 1983
  • Highest placings ever by U.S. women at worlds in shot put (3rd) and discus (5th); tied highest in 800 (4TH) and 5,000 (7th)
  • American record in women‰Ûªs 400m hurdles


  • First gold in men‰Ûªs high jump since 1991
  • Record fourth gold for Dwight Phillips in men‰Ûªs LJ
  • First 1-2 performance in decathlon
  • First time USA won two medals in MTJ since 1991 (Kenny Harrison and Michael Conley, 1-3)


  • 25 medals is second-highest medal total at Worlds for Team USA (26 in 1991 and 2007)
  • Team USA strength in jumps, winning MHJ, MTJ, MLJ an WLJ

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