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Athletics - 26. July 2007.

Barber wins gold on day 3 of Athletics at Pan Am Games

RIO DE JANEIRO - Miki Barber brought home the gold medal in the women's 100 meters, Mechelle Lewis won silver in thewomen's 100m, respectively, at the 2007 Pan American Games at Joao Havelange Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The previous record of 11.05 was set in 1979 by Evelyn Ashford. It was a sweep for the U.S. women in the race, with Mechelle Lewis (Fort Washington, Md.) claiming silver in 11.24. It was the sixth time in 15 Pan American Games that American women claimed the top two spots.

In the women's 800m final, 2007 U.S. and NCAA champion Alysia Johnson (Canyon Country, Calif.) led the pack through the 400m mark in 57.97, but was unable to hold the lead and finished sixth in 2:02.57. 2006 NCAA champion and 2005 Rhodes Scholar Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla.) was fourth in the men's shot put with his heave of 19.67m/64-6.5.

2006 U.S. Outdoor champion Virginia "GiGi" Johnson (State College, Penn.) ended day 1 of the women's heptathlon in fourth place with 3,476 points. Two-time U.S. Outdoor champion Hyleas Fountain (Enola, Penn.) withdrew due to injury.

Around the rounds

Jenny Adams (Tromball, Texas) and Yvette Lewis (Newport News, Va.) both qualified for the finals in the women's 100m hurdles. Adams took second in her semifinal heat in 13.16 while Lewis took third in her heat in 13.25.

Both Monique Henderson (San Diego, Calif.) and Debbie Dunn (Capitol Height, Md.) took third in their respective heats of the women's 400m semifinal and will move on to the final. Henderson finished in 52.18 and Dunn crossed the line i 51.86. The men's 400m semifinal saw Jamaal Torrence (Orlando, Fla.) take fourth in his heat in 45.75 and Lionel Larry (Compton, Calif.) place second in his heat in 45.40. Both advanced to Wednesday's final.

Team USA Athletics medal tally as of July 25 - Gold (3) Sara Slattery (Phoenix, Ariz.), W10,000: 32:54.51; Ed Moran (Dayton, N.J.) M5,000: 13:25.60; Miki Barber (Montclair, N.J.) W100: 11.02 Silver (3) April Steiner (Mesa, Ariz.) WPV: 4.40m/14-5.25; Mechelle Lewis (Fort Washington, Md.) W100: 11.24; Darvis Patton (Dallas, Texas) M100: 10.17 Bronze (1) Bashir Ramzy (Dallas, Texas) MLJ: 7.90m/25-11

For more information and complete results from the 2007 Pan American Games, visit www.rio2007.org.br.


Miki Barber, women's 100m champion - I was a little nervous before the start. I was doing blocks before the race and I couldn't get my start down. When I got to the line I decided to just go for broke. I knew I could do it. I'm so happy to get the record and the W.

Mechelle Lewis, women's 100m silver medalist - I did my best. Miki had a good start and I tried to go with her but I couldn't hold it. But I did my best and we went 1-2. It's setting us up great for the 4x100 relay.

Jenny Adams, women's 100m hurdles semifinal - It felt really slow. I'm just glad we have two rounds so that I can work everything out before the final.

Yvette Lewis, women's 100m hurdles semifinal - I hit about three hurdles, I'm glad I made it to the final. I didn't find out I was running the hurdles until I got here. But it doesn't matter, I'll do anything.

Monique Henderson, women's 400m semifinal - My race was ok. I was just trying to get the kinks out and make it through.



Women's 800m

1. Diane Cummins, CAN, 1:59.75

2. Rosibel Garcia Mena, COL, 2:00.02

3.Zulla Calatayud, CUB, 2:00.34

6. Alysia Johnson, USA, 2:0257

Women's 100m

1. Miki Barber, USA, 11.02

2. Mechelle Lewis, USA, 11.24

3. Chandra Sturrup, BAH, 11.29

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