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Athletics - 15. August 2008.

Fountain leads Heptathlon

Day 1 Team USA Quotes - morning session



Fountain leads hepathlon

In the first day of the heptathlon, Hyleas Fountain (Kettering, Ohio) stood strongly in the lead after winning each of the first two events. Fountain posted the fastest performance in the 100m hurdles, 12.78 (1,158), and a personal best 1.89m/6-2.25 (1,093) in the high jump to total 2,215. Anna Bogdanova of Russia stood in second overall with 2,165. Jacquelyn Johnson (Tempe, Ariz.) was 11th with 2,032 points after marks of 13.22 in the hurdles (1091) and 1.77m/5-9.75 in the high jump (941). Diana Pickler strained her right hamstring while running the hurdles and could not continue. The heptathlon shot put and 200m are scheduled for this evening.



Women's 800m First round


Alice Schmidt (Chula Vista, Calif.): "I didn't feel myself out there. It's never good to judge how you feel from the gun, but from the gun I didn't feel like I had that gear. I'm not happy with my performance. I just didn't have it today. I put myself in good position but it just didn't work out my way today. It was my first Olympics, I was thoroughly impressed with everything."

Hazel Clark (Knoxville, Tenn.): I'm the best I can be considering the circumstances. I tied up in the end. At the end, people jumped me and I just got behind. I was waiting for the jump, it was like I was moving in slow motion. I don't want to make excuses. I'm extremely disappointed. Now, I'll just go home and cheer for my teammates.

Nicole Teter (Eugene, Ore.): I've had a two week semi-unknown, semi-undiagnosed injury in my left Achilles area. Our medical team has done so much for me since I've been here. I really thought I could just step on the track and get through it. This is the Olympics, I had to go for it. My first stride, I just couldn't get on my toes. I went as far as I could and I just couldn't do it.


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