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Jeter, Richardson win gold

Jason Richardson 110 Hurdles

Jason Richardson 110 Hurdles

DAEGU, South Korea – Jason Richardson’s silver medal was upgraded to gold in the men’s 110 meter hurdles, while Carmelita Jeter won her first World Championships title in the women’s 100 meter and Jillian Camarena-Williams made history as the first American medalist in the women’s shot put on the third day of the 13th IAAF World Outdoor Track and Field Championships Monday night.

Allyson Felix’s quest for a double-gold (400, 200) was derailed in the final for the 400m, but she ran a personal best time and won a silver medal for Team USA in her first world championships 400m appearance.

Team USA enjoyed its best day yet, collecting two gold, one silver and one bronze medal during the evening session. Team USA now sits atop the medal count with eight medals, while Kenya is in second place with six medals.

Men’s 110m hurdles

This was the most hyped race in the World Championships featuring history’s three fastest hurdlers. Richardson (Inglewood, Calif.) initially finished second in the men’s 110m hurdles, but after world record holder Dayron Robles of Cuba was disqualified for obstructing China’s Liu Xiang, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist, who was running in lane six. Richardson, who was clocked in 13.16 seconds, was awarded the gold medal in his first ever World Championships performance. It also marked the first time an American won a gold medal in the 110 hurdles at the World Championships since Allen Johnson captured his fourth consecutive 110 hurdle crown in 2003.

World leader David Oliver (Kissimmee, Fla.) placed fourth in 13.44, being edged out of a medal by Great Britain’s Andrew Turner who was also timed in 13.44. Aries Merritt (Knoxville, Tenn.) running in lane seven, tied for fifth in 13.67.

Richardson’s victory also gave Team USA its 19th medal in the 110 hurdles during World Championship competition, including its eighth gold medal.

Women’s 100m
World-leader Carmelita Jeter (Gardena, Calif.) won the women’s 100m in a close battle with Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica, the two-time Olympic 200 champ. Facing a headwind of 1.4 meters per second, Jeter was clocked in 10.90 to distance herself by seven-hundredths of a second over Campbell-Brown. Jeter, the two-time world bronze medalist, sobbed tears of joy as she realized she won her first major international title. Marshevet Myers (Grand Prairie, Texas) finished eighth in 11.33.

Jeter became just the second American to earn three medals in the 100 at the World Championships, joining Gwen Torrence who won a gold (1995), silver (1991) and bronze (1993). It also was the first time an American won the gold in the 100 since Lauryn Williams in 2005.

Women’s shot put
Jillian Camarena-Williams (Tucson, Ariz.) made history as the first American woman to ever medal in the shot put at the World Championships. The previous best from Team USA came from now head coach Connie Price-Smith with her fifth-place finish in 1997. Camarena-Williams put the shot 20.02m/65-8.25 on her fourth throw as her second-best performance ever, only behind her throw that tied the American record earlier this summer.

Michelle Carter (Ovilla, Texas) placed ninth with a throw of 18.76m/61-6.75, coming on her first attempt.

Women’s 400m
Three-time 200m World Champion Allyson Felix’s (Santa Clarita, Calif.) bid for a 200-400 double fell short by three one-hundredths of a second as Amantie Montsho of Botswana ran a world leading time of 49.56 seconds to clip Felix at the line. Felix ran a personal best of 49.59 to improve her previous four-year-old mark by .11 seconds. Francena McCorory (Hampton, Va.) finished fifth in 50.45 in her first World Championships performance, and two-time world champion Sanya Richards-Ross (Austin, Texas) was seventh in 51.32.

Felix’s effort gave Team USA its seventh World Championship medal in the women’s 400.

Men’s pole vault final
Jeremy Scott (Brookland, Ark.) tied for ninth at 5.65/18-6.5. Two-time Olympian Derek Miles (Tea, S.D.), the oldest member of the Team USA men’s squad at 38, was 13th at 5.65m/18-6.5.
Poland’s Pawel Wojciechowski won the event, vaulting a world best 5.90/19-4.25

Hyleas Fountain (Kettering, Ohio), the 2008 Olympic silver medalist, was unable to hold onto the lead she established during the morning session. Fountain ended the day in third place with 3,887 points, with Jessica Ennis of Great Britain in the lead with 4,078 points. Sharon Day (Costa Mesa, Calif.) improved from the morning session and is stood in 12th place with 3,700 points.

In the 200m, Fountain finished in 23.96, to record the fourth fastest time of the field to add 985 points to her score. Day clocked 25.01, good enough for 886 points.

Day recorded her second personal best of the day in the shot put. Day added 976 points to her tally with a throw of 16.71m/46-10.25 on her first throw. Day’s effort improved her previous outdoor personal best by more than 19 inches. Fountain put the shot 12.20m/40-0.5 which was good enough for 674 points. After three events Fountain fell to fifth in 2902 points, and she sits 124 points off of the leader, Jessica Ennis of Great Britain.

Team USA will be seeking its first World Championship medal in this event since 2001.

Men’s 400m semifinal
LaShawn Merritt (Suffolk, Va.) cruised through his heat to easily advance to the final. Merritt ran 44.76. His time was the fastest of the day, and with his world leading mark from yesterday’s qualifying round, Merritt now holds three of the fastest ten times in the 400 this year. Neither Greg Nixon (Long Beach, Calif.) nor Jamaal Torrance (Raleigh, N.C.) were able to advance to the finals. Nixon ran 45.51 and Torrance clocked 45.73


Jason Richardson, men’s 110m hurdles
(On reaction after learning he was awarded gold medal): “I wish that under different circumstances he (Robles) could have kept his medal. But rules are rules. I’m so happy to be a gold medalist. I can beat Robles world record. My next objective is to repeat the same thing in the Olympics.