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Day 3 - Thursday July 18

Detailed Results on Event Pages

6 medals for Team USA

USA sweeps 1-2 in both 400 meter finals, including Darold Williamson and Jonathan Fortenberry in men's.
Team USA celebrates in the stands.

photos by Joy Kamani, NSSF team


Jim Spier's Event by Event Analysis


200m - Round 1
Heat 1 An easy 21.09 (+1.6) for Brendan Christian (Antigua - Reagan HS, Austin, TX). With Christian easing up the last 15 meters, second placer Roman Smirnov (Russia) nearly caught the leader, running 21.18.
Heat 2 A battle of the “sub 21’ers” saw American Rubin Williams, in land 7, edge Bahamian Grafton Ifill, 2105 to 21.06.
Heat 3 A nice run by Canadian Tyler Christopher, running 21.03. Controlled in lane 8 was Kazuteru Matsumoto (Japan - 21.16) eyeing Christopher for second half of the race, just making sure he qualified.
Heat 4 I’m not quite sure I’ve ever seen anything like this before: a 6’2” 15 year old running 20.58 (+1.4), jogging the last 20 meters! Wow! How can Usain Bolt not be declared the favorite, especially in front of his countrymen? The only reason anyone else was within a half second of him was because he did slow up at the end. (Second was Sebastian Ernst of Germany at 20.97, a PB for him). Significant is the fact that his time is a World age 15 record, breaking 100 meter champ Darrel Brown’s (Trinidad) record of 20.82. In comparison, the US age 15 record is Quincy Watts at 20.97.
Heat 5 Any easy win for Brazilian Bruno Nascimento Pacheco of Brazil, running 21.19.
Heat 6 Heat favorite Till Helmke (Germany) looked good in his 20.97 (+1.1) win.
Heat 7 The siblings were success in winning their heat. Wes Felix, brother of Allyson, led from start to finish and crossed the finish line at 21.08. Closing fast was Australian Adam Miller in 21.23.

400m - FINAL
Jamaican Jermaine Gonzales, in lane 4, started fast and was unseen by Darold Williamson (USA) until passing the 150 meter mark. Williamson responded with Jonathan Fortenberry (USA) in 5th. Williamson picked it up at that point as did Fortenberry and it was Williamson-Fortenberry-Gonzales at 300 meters. It stayed that way with Williamson pulling away slightly down the homestretch to win in 45.37. Fortenberry ran 45.73 and Gonzales a PB 45.84.

3000m Steeplechase - Round 1

High Jump - FINAL
The two Americans, Andra Manson and Jesse Williams, looked great. Manson was flawless through 7-3.75. Jesse Williams cleared 7-3, a personal best, but failed on his third attempt at 7-3.75, clipping the bar with his heels on the way down. It came down to Manson and the Chinese Wannan Zhu in the battle for the gold. Jamaican Jermaine Mason took the bronze on fewer misses at 7-3. Manson cleared 7-4.5 on his first attempt, with Zhu missing his first. (The 7-4.5 put Manson ahead of Teak Wilburn as the US leader as well). Zhu missed twice again to give the gold to Manson. Manson then moved the bar to 7-5.25, and ... made it on his first attempt! Then, wasting no time, over on his first attempt at 7-6 - equalling Dothel Edwards’ high school record! On to 7-7: over on his first attempt for a new high school record AND a US Junior record (Dothel Edwards, also, at 7-6.5). Where now? 7-7.75. Under the bar on his first attempt; a poor miss on his second. He then packed it in, calling it a night. Wow!

Here are the top 8:

1. Andra Manson USA 7-7
2. Wannan Zhu China 7-3.75
3. Jermaine Mason Jamaica 7-3
4. (tie) Pavel Chetvertakov Russia 7-3
Jesse Williams USA 7-3
6. (tie) Siarhei Ivanov Belarus 7-1.75
Aliaksandr Plisko Belarus 7-1.75
8. Jaroslav Baba Czech Republic 7-1.75

Long Jump - FINAL
Trevell Quinley had a great meet, getting the bronze. Quinley had the silver “locked up” until Fabrice Lapierre’s (Australia) final jump. (He was 6th at the US Junior trials and made the team because he was the only one from places 2 through 6 at that meet who met the world junior standard - 25’10” indoors early in 2002). His 25-3.5 is an outdoor best for him. What better time than to get your seasonal best at the year’s most important competition! The top 3 got personal bests. Here are the top finishers:

1. Al-Waleed Ibrahim Abdulla Qatar 26-2.75
2. Fabrice Lapierre Australia 25-4.75
3. Trevell Quinley USA 25-3.5
4. Ahmed Al-Dossary Saudi Arabia 24-11.25
5. Amrit Pal Singh India 24-9.75
6. John Thornell Australia 24-8.5
7. Petr Lampart Czech Republic 24-7.75
8. Peter Rapp Germany 24-6.5

Discus - FINAL
It was Michal Hodun of Poland the leader after round 1 with a throw of 198-10. He improved his lead in round 2 to 202-7. It was Dmitry Sivakov (Belarus) in round 3 who took the lead away from Hodun at 203-5. Tao Wu of China responded in that round with a monster throw of 211-7. And that’s the way it stayed through the next 3 rounds. The top finishers:

1. Tao Wu China 211-7
2. Dmitry Sivakov Belarus 203-5
3. Michal Hodun Poland 202-7
4. Khalid Habash Al-Suwaidi Qatar 200-10
5. Daniel Vanek Slovakia 199-8
6. Piotr Malachowski Poland 198-4
7. Mart Israel Estonia 194-11
8. Sean Shields USA 194-3


200m - Round 1 (First 4 in each heat and those with the next 4 fastest times advance to the quarter finals)
Heat 1 From lane 7, Italian Vincenza Cali ‘PR’d’ with a win at 23.27 (+1.6). An easy run over the crowd favorite, Jamaican Nickesha Anderson, second in 23.34.
Heat 2 A wire to wire win for American Sanya Richards in lane 4, winning in 23.13 (+1.5). She was followed closely by Canadian Ashley Purnell of Canada, 3 lanes to her right, who ran a PB 23.28.
Heat 3 Uh-oh! Brit Vernicha James is for real! The world #2-ranked runner showed why she deserves such a ranking, with a big start and a “jog” for the the last 50 meters, covering the distance in 23.14 (+1.4). Second was Iuliana Beltcheva (Bulgaria) , well back in 24.12.
Heat 4 Allyson Felix (USA) ran a controlled race, running fast enough to win in 23.77 (+2.0). Charging late in the race for second was April Brough of New Zealand at 23.94, a personal best for her.
Heat 5 Sporting what looked like a peacock feather fashioned out of her own hair, Jamaican Anneisha Mc Laughlin won the final qualifying heat in 23.30 (+1.6). Gaining the last 30 meters was Amy Spencer of Great Britain, close behind in 23.46.

400m - FINAL
Experienced showed. Suddenly Sanya Richards, Jamaica-born, was the hometown hero with the crowd solidly behind her even though Sheryl Morgan of Jamaica was in the race as well. And Richards had the advantageous lane 4 to Monique Henderson’s lane 6. It was virtually even for 250 meters, with Richards gaining the slight edge at that point. But Henderson began a charge down the home stretch that Richards could not match, and was victorious at 51.10, a yearly PB for Monique. Richards was second in 51.49. (My cohort, Mike Byrnes, stated, “I think the 200 trial earlier in the day took something out of Richards.”).

Pole Vault - FINAL
American hope Lacy Janson failed to make her opening height of 12-5.5. As it turned out, she was the only athlete in the 13 woman final to not clear a height. Floe’ Kuhnert of Germany, the favorite, took the gold at 14-5.25. Her tactics paid off. Both she and Yuliya Golubchikova were even at 13-11.25, each with a miss. The only 2 remaining at 14-1.25, Kuhnert missed on her first attempt, Golubchikova made. Kuhnert passed her remaining attempts at that height. Both missed their first attempt at 14-1.25, then Kuhnert made on her second (had she missed, Golubchikova would have been the champion). Golubchikova missed her second attempt, then passed, having one attempt remaining. She missed at 14-5.25, giving Kuhnert the gold. Kuhnert then went on to clear that height (14-5.25), a meet record. She then went on to 14-8, missing twice, then retiring for the day. Here are the top finishers:

1. Floe’ Kuhnert Germany 14-5.25
2. Yuliya Golubchikova Russia 14-1.25
3. Nataliya Belinskaya Russia 13-9.25
4. Dimitra Emmanouil Greece 13-5.25
5. Anna Huculak Poland 13-1.5
7. Kate Dennison Great Britain 13-1.5
8. Silke Spiegelburg Germany 12-9.5

I blew it -- greatest race story

by Mike Byrnes

I blew it. Sorry but I made a major error in one of my pieces yesterday. That’s the result of two things; 1) i failed to give it to Jim Spier to edit; and 2) I’m getting old. Age is a terrible thing, Spier is not, well, maybe a little. But age, it’s insidious, tricky, overpowering and downright nasty. Yesterday I wrote about the greatest race I ever saw. I sat here and pictured the scene, relived every moment of it, remember how I stood and literally screamed with excitement…and I had the wrong race. I told you it was the 5000m, it was the 10,000m. I told you Ismael Kirui finished second and was not DQ’ed, it was the 10,000m and Josephat Machuka was DQ’ed. Other than those little details the rest was correct.

Machuka was the African champion and a clear favorite. He passed the midway point in 13:59.49 and had about a 100m lead. But Gebreselassie was relentless and steadily narrowed the gap, finally pulling even with 4 laps to go. He stayed there biding his time for the final attack. It came at the 450m mark. Geb tried to pass Machuka going into the penultimate turn and was rebuffed. He tried again on the backstretch and succeeded. But going into the final turn Machuka raced past and it looked as if the race was over. But the Ethiopean came back off the turn and regained the lead.

Now remember, these two have run hard for 9,950m. The gold medal is at stake. The honor of two countries is on the line. And the two don’t particularly care for each other.

50m to go. Machuka, utterly spent, makes his final assault, well, not quite. He struggles past an equally exhausted Gebreselasie but hasn’t the strength to move back to the pole. Geb, with 10m left, mounted one last desperate attack and eased past the Kenyan. Totally exhausted, hopelessly frustrated and facing the agony of defeat, Machuka found the energy to raise his left fist and punch the Ethiopean in the back. He punched him!

He was not immediately DQ’ed; a lot of discussions were held, arguments advanced and finally, almost 30 minutes after the race, the disqualification was announced. Machuka was heartbroken while Gebreselassie was sympathetic and sat beside his adversary while the officials deliberated.

Sorry for the confusion and I hope this sets the record straight.

American Junior Record falls in men’s high jump
- USA wins 6 medals

USATF release

KINGSTON – Team USA enjoyed a tremendous day on the track as they won six
medals, including three gold, on day three of the IAAF World Junior Track &
Field Championships in Kingston, Jamaica. Leading the way for Team USA was
high jumper Andra Manson (Brenham (TX) HS. Manson cleared the bar on his first
attempt for 10 heights, en route to the World Junior Championships gold
medal, American Junior record, a World Junior leader and a personal best.
Manson made two attempts at 2.33 meters/7 feet, 7.75 inches, but decided
against a third attempt. He won the competition with a final clearance of
2.31m/7-7. Manson was 14 months old when the previous AJR of 2.30m/7-6.5 was set
by Georgia’s Dothel Edwards on July 21, 1985.

Following Manson’s performance and on the heels of his medal presentation
and the playing of the American national anthem, Team USA lined up for the
finals of the women and men’s 400m dash. In the women’s final, Monique
Henderson (UCLA) and Sanya Richards (St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) HS) turned in
an impressive race, with the women neck and neck coming down the
homestretch. With 25 meters to go, Henderson accelerated and nipped Richards
at the tape, avenging almost an identical race at the 2002 U.S. Junior
Championships at Stanford. Henderson ran a season’s best time of 51.10,
while Richards clocked 51.49.

Darold Williamson (Baylor) and Jonathan Fortenberry (South Carolina) stepped
onto the track following the women’s race and put on just as impressive of a
show as the women. Williamson edged Fortenberry for the gold with a time of
45.37, Fortenberry won the silver in 45.73.

Trevell Quinley (Arizona State) capped off Team USA’s medal parade on
Thursday with a bronze medal in the men’s long jump. Quinley jumped
7.71m/25-3.5 on his third attempt, winning the sixth and final medal for the
day for Team USA. “I just want to thank God for bringing me here to this
point,” said Quinley following his performance. “Those weren’t my footsteps
in the sand, those were His. Thanks to my family, my aunt and uncle, just
for the support, they are God’s angels in disguise.”

In other finals on Thursday, Jesse Williams (Broughton (NC) HS) cleared
2.21m/7-3, a personal best, to finish fourth in the men’s high jump. 2002
World Junior shot put silver medalist Sean Shields (Arizona) finished 8th in
the finals of the men’s discus. Shields threw 59.21m/194-3 on his third
attempt. Collegiate teammates Robyn Stevens and Anne Favolise finished 18th
and 19th respectively in the women’s 10,000m race walk. Both women attend
Wisconsin-Parkside, and walked 52:53.94 and 55:36.09, respectively. Japan’s
Fumi Mitsumura, who led for the majority of the race, won the 10,000 race
walk world junior title with a national record time of 46:01.51. In the
women’s pole vault, American Junior record holder Lacy Janson (Florida
State) did not clear a height in Thursday’s final.

In the 200m qualifiers, Sanya Richards won her heat and ran the fastest 200m
time for all the women on Thursday with a time of 23.13. Teammate Allyson
Felix (LA Baptist (CA) HS) won her heat in 23.77. Both ladies advanced to
Friday’s semi finals. For the men, Wes Felix (USC) ran 21.08 to win his heat
and advance to Friday’s semis. Teammate Rubin Williams (Valley Christian
(CA) HS) also advanced to the semis with a time of 21.05 in his heat.

In the morning session, Erica McLain (East (TX) HS) and Billie-Jo Grant
(Arroyo Grande (CA) HS) both advanced to the finals in their respective
events. McLain long jumped 6.19m/20-3.75 to qualify for Friday’s final.
Teammate Marquita Aldridge (Mississippi) did not record a mark in the
qualifying competition and did not advance. Grant threw the discus
47.60m/156-2 and advanced in her group. Teammate Nicole Kendrick (Syracuse)
did not record a mark in the qualifier and did not advance.

With ten total medals after three days of competition, including 6 on
Thursday, Team USA tops the medal count and leads the point standings.
Friday’s finals will see women’s long jump (McLain), women’s 200m (Richards
and A. Felix), men’s 200m (W. Felix and R. Williams), women’s discus
(Grant), women’s 400H (Demus and Ross) and men’s 400H (Jackson and


Three gold medals for team USA

IAAF release by David Martin (PA)

18 July 2002, KINGSTON – Monique Henderson spoiled what every local spectator in Jamaica's National Stadium believed would be a double celebration when superbly taking the 400 metres gold medal.

As expected the race immediately became a three horse battle between Henderson, her US colleague Sanya Richards and the host nation's Sheryl Morgan. But there was a twist multiplying the crowd's excitement.

Richards who took away the US junior record from Henderson when posting the world's fastest time this year of 50.69 at the end of May is Jamaican born. She moved stateside to Miami as a five-year old but only gained US citizenship before her dazzling run in mid-June.

The trio proved worthy rivals. But Henderson probably possessed as much incentive as her rivals. Having peaked for last month's NCAA Championships she flopped on the day it mattered most in her season's calendar.

The motivation to succeed after that failure, brought the University of California one lapper to Kingston a very determined young woman. Her scintillating performance - particularly when overhauling Richards - then hanging on in the home straight, gained the 1999 World Youth champion a glorious win.

Crossing the line in 51.10 she had a narrow margin of 0.39 to spare from her team mate. Morgan spurred by a near hoarse crowd crossed the line in 52.61.

Acknowledging Richards would be the danger, Henderson added: "Although she broke my record, our PRs have always been pretty close. I wasn't in awe of her. I peaked for the NCAAs but ran so badly I rebuilt for here."

The men's race won by Darold Williamson wasn't so close - but the finishing order did replicate that achieved a few minutes earlier by the women.

Williamson the fastest junior in the world this year, was always in control winning in 45.37. Behind him was unfancied team mate Jonathan Fortenberry clocking 45.73 with 2002 Caribbean champion Jermaine Gonzales on home turf capturing the bronze medal in a personal best 45.84.

Surprisingly for a nation with a great tradition, the United States has never won the men's high jump gold medal. In great style and breaking Dothel Edwards 17-year-old national record, Andra Manson became their first ever.

Jumping for the first time at 2.05m, Manson blessed with a raw talent kept a clean sheet right through to his winning height of 2.31m - an improvement of seven centimetres on his best-ever, and the world leading mark for the year.

China's Zhu Wannan claimed the silver medal with a personal best 2.23m. Two centimetres behind was previous world leader Jermaine Mason, gaining the host nation's second medal of the championships.

Shortly afterwards China collected the discus gold medal. Already the best performer in 2002, Wu Tao using the new 1.75kg implement, threw a world best 64.51m in the third round, moving well clear of his rivals for an easy victory.

Showing the global support for athletics, Ibrahim Abdulla won only Qatar's second gold medal. Last year's World Youth silver medallist jumped a personal best 7.99m as did runner-up Fabrice Lapierre of Australia (7.74m) and third placed Trevell Quinley from the US who cleared 7.71m.

The women's pole vault was a brilliant advertisement for the still relatively new event. All three medallists bettered the championship record set two years ago in Santiago de Chile by Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva who cleared 4.20m.

Tonight Germany's Floe Kuhnert raised the mark by a huge 20 centimetres a single centimetre short of the world leader for this year she achieved in Mannheim in mid-June. Second and third were Russia's Yuliya Golubchikova who cleared 4.30m, with Nataliya Belinskaya 10 centimetres behind.


It’s not a surprise for Henderson

IAAF Release

18 July 2002 - The eagerly anticipated women’s 400m final did not disappoint tonight’s spectators. With the two American runners a class above the rest of the field the question was who of Monique Henderson – the eldest – or Sanya Richards – two years younger – would take gold?

It certainly wasn’t an easy question to answer, the two Americans running in lane 4 and 6 being level till they entered the home straight. Then it was Richards who had the smallest of advances. But Henderson whose stride seemed smoother pushed harder and crossed the line first in 51.10. Richards, who had run in the 200m heats just 2 hours before the 400m final, clocked 51.49 to take silver.

“Before the race I was very confident; Sanya had broke my American record earlier this year and that motivated me. Our personal bests are very close, we both are very good runners and I knew the competition would be great,” said Henderson .

Henderson admitted that being part of the US Olympic team in Sydney – she was a member of the 4x400m relay squad but did not run – was a great experience to her. And she clearly used that experience today when leading a perfect tactical race.

“When I reached the 200m mark, I was waiting for her to close the gap on me. I kept focus and I only felt somebody coming when entering the final straight. To be honest with you I didn’t know who it was, I assumed it was Sanya but I was so focused in my race that I couldn’t tell for sure who it actually was.”

A hard worker in her training, which comprises a lot of 300s and 350s, Monique is a girl who knows the meaning of the word sacrifice.

“When you compete at this level, you have to make a lot of compromises and sacrifices. I know my race was pretty tonight but I gave it all I had, really everything I had left in my legs.”

With her whole family in the first row of the stands watching, Monique felt she could not fail this time.

“Yes, the fact that my parents and my sister are here helped me. They flew all the way to watch me race and I didn’t want to disappoint them. The best athletes in the world take part in this competition and I wanted to take the challenge. Especially after the terrible NCAA championships I had – she finished 7th – I was looking for redemption.”

Henderson was physically stronger tonight but her mental preparation and experience have also made the difference.

“Mentally, I felt very strong today. I’ve had excellent workouts recently and my warmup was reassuring. I warmed up by myself and tried to stay focused all the way through.”

Henderson, who recounted that the only words she exchanged with Richards before the race were ‘let’s make it a one and two’, will also take part in the 4x400m relay where the potential of the American quartets has led to speculation about a possible world record.

“We need to rest now. I think Sanya was a bit cramped up tonight. She ran a very fast 200m in her heats and yes, this might have affected her tonight.”

Henderson will now have plenty of time to celebrate and study the video of her World Championships’ winning race that her family preciously recorded.

“I am very proud of my daughter, she ran the perfect race,” said her father.

Wu overcomes qualification troubles to grab discus gold

IAAF Release

18 July 2002 - Tao Wu was all smiles after the discus throw contest was finished. And the big guy who doesn’t speak English had every reason to be. He had just confirmed the pre-event expectations his country had put on him and won gold.

But the winner of tonight’s discus throw final could well have not even been amongst the finalists tonight had he not found the mental strength and power to overcome two consecutive fouls in yesterday’s qualification round.

“I must admit I was very scared when I fouled my second attempt, said Wu through an interpreter. “My throw was very long but I couldn’t control my speed in the circle and fouled.”

It is in these perilous occasions that one can tell the nature of a champion.

“I remained focused on my contest. I knew I could do it and was confident my third throw would qualify me.”

Easy to say and not so easy to do; but Wu unleashed not only a massive 61.03m – the best of both qualification groups – but a very loud scream that accompanied his effort.

And tonight’s final began in a similar way with Wu fouling his first attempt.

“I didn’t want to make the same mistake tonight so I made sure my second attempt would be valid no matter if it had to be slightly shorter than what I’m used to.”

After a modest – for his standards – 59.68m, Wu’s second attempt was measured at 64.51m, the best ever performance by a junior with the new 6-kilogramme implement.

“I am very happy. I can now say I am a world champion.”

A very conscientious athlete, Wu already trains six times a week and alternates power, strength and speed sessions.

A former volleyball and basketball player, Wu came to the sport when spotted by a local coach.

“I have always liked athletics but I only got into it when a coach noticed me and told me I had qualities. He said I could become a very good discus thrower.”

The man certainly had vision


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