that’s a very big reason why Team USA’s quartet reigns as gold medalist
in the women’s 4×00 relay at the 13th World Championships of Track and
USA’s women’s 4×400 title in a golden 3:18.09, best time in the world
this year and seventh best in all of track and field history.
she’d set the still-standing national high school indoor 400 record
(51.93) back in her days at Bethel, Va. HS. And that one came on the
flat track at Landover, Md..
she’d won NCAA indoor and outdoor 400 titles for Hampton, and lowered
the American indoor 400 record (which Diane Dixon had held for 19 years)
had run a frustrating fourth in the individual 400 meters four days
earlier, clocking a 50.45, just 21/100ths out of medal range.
anchor split was a brilliant 49.51 and wrapped up a big win over
Jamaica (3:18.71) and Russia (3:19.36), with Great Britain (3:23.63),
Ukraine (3:23.86) and Belarus (3:25.64) trailing.
World 400 champion Sanya Richards-Ross opened with a 49.30, two-time
World 200 champion Allyson Felix followed in 49.33, Jessica Beard
solidified the lead with a 49.95, and McCorory did the rest.
Championships, but I’m just a rookie,” said McCorory, all smiles, still
draped in the American flag. “So I was totally honored getting to run
anchor. It was the biggest honor of my track and field career. I ran a
hard first 300 and just brought it in.
at Worlds, but God works in mysterious ways. I got another chance, in
the relay, and that truly was a blessing.”
confidence-builder. McCorory will now be a strong contender for a place
on the 2012 Olympic team, with its double-medal possibilities in
London, individual race and relay.
racing at Worlds. Like McCorory, Beard (a recent Texas A&M grad)
had won NCAA indoor and outdoor 400 crowns. But back in 2009 in Berlin
and here again in Beijing, she failed to reach the 400 final.
straight time they’d helped Team USA win the 4×400 at Worlds. They ran
with Deedee Trotter and Mary Wineberg winning in 3:18.55 at Osaka in
2007. They teamed with Debbie Dunn and Lashinda Demus to take golds in
3:17.83 at Berlin in 2009.
alone as the previous USA women’s high at Worlds. Only Merlene Ottey of
Jamaica – now of Slovenia – with 14, has ever won more.
could run first leg and he said yes,” said SRR, wife of Giants’
cornerback Aaron Ross.
blocks. We had a lot of faith in our youngsters, and knew that we were
going to get them a lead. I’m really proud of them.
tonight. We felt confident that Sanya could run a great leadoff leg. We
just wanted to hold on, and Sanya made it easy on us. “
least maintain it or open it up for Fran. I just wanted to leave
everything out there on the track.
in the semis. We just went out there and represented Team USA, and I
don’t think anybody can ask for anything more.”
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