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Athletics - 10. March 2008.

Jones takes gold; Team USA wins 5 medals in Saturday p.m. competition


VALENCIA, Spain - Lolo Jones and Candice Davis went 1-2 in the women's 60 meter hurdles, Jenn Stuczynski claimed silver in the women's pole vault Saturday night at the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Valencia, Spain.

Two-time U.S. Indoor champion Lolo Jones (Baton Rouge, La.) has added some international hardware to her growing collection after winning gold in the women's 60-meter hurdles in 7.80 seconds. 2008 U.S. Indoor runner-up Candice Davis (Culver City, Calif.) beat Jones out of the blocks but Jones surged and passed Davis mid-race for the win, with Davis picking up the silver medal for her efforts with a time of 7.93. Earlier in the evening, Jones and Davis easily advance to the final with Jones winning her heat in 7.82 and Davis taking second in hers in 7.99.

Two-time U.S. Indoor champion Jenn Stuczynski (Churchville, N.Y.), who ended 2007 ranked #8 in the world by Track & Field News, brought home the silver medal in the women's pole vault with her clearance of 4.75 meters/15 feet 7 inches. Reigning Olympic and World champion Yelena Isinbayeva won the competition at the same height, but with zero misses, while Stuczynski had a miss at that height. Both vaulters passed 4.80m/15-9 and went straight to 4.85m/15-11, where they each failed to clear the bar.

 

TEAM USA MEDAL TABLE

Gold

Anglea Williams (Ontario, Calif.), W60m

Lolo Jones (Baton Rouge, La.), W60mH

Silver

Jenn Stuczynski (Churchville, N.Y.), WPV

Candice Davis (Culver City, Calif.), W60mH


Fans can watch Team USA online via live, daily Webcast at www.wcsn.com, and on telelvision on the Versus network. Check local listings.

For more information on Team USA at the World Indoor Championships, visit http://www.usatf.org/events/2008/IAAFWorldIndoorChampionships/.

ATHLETE QUOTES


Lolo Jones - women's 60mH gold medalist

"I'm really excited. I knew I was going to run fast. I'm having a tremendous year. When it's your time to peak, it's your time. But I do wish Susanna (Kallur) had run but I'll take the medal. It's my first medal and it's gold. How cool is that?

I felt like all of the pressure that had been on Susanna was shifted to me (because she was out of the race). "

Candice Davis - women's 60mH silver medalist

"I was happy for the false start. It helped me get the reaction that I wanted the second time around. I stayed in the race and got the silver and I'm happy with silver. We went 1-2 and that's great. This is a small piece of what's to come. I'm looking forward to Beijing."

Jenn Stuczynski - women's pole vault silver medalist

"It was good. I felt bad in the beginning, I was a little off, but then it started to come together. I had a couple of great attempts. I passed at 4.80 because the American record is 4.85 and I wanted it, but it just wasn't there."

Lolo Jones - women's 60mH semi-final

"It was good. I was cautious at the start because of the first false start."

Candice Davis - women's 60mH semi-final

"I felt a lot better than in the first round. Hopefully, it is going to be a storybook ending in the final."

Shareese Woods - women's 400m semi-final

"I've been making a habit of that (setting personal records in her races). Now we have to represent in the finals."

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