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Athletics - 02. July 2008.

Patterson makes first Olympic Team

Patterson sets mark in women's javelin

Big 10 champion Kara Patterson of Purdue made her first Olympic Team by winning the women's javelin in Olympic Trials-record style. The 22-year-old posted a best mark of 58.44m/191-9 to win over defending national champion Dana Pounds (57.83m/189-9). Rachel Yurkovich of the University of Oregon was third with 56.41m/185-1, and American record holder Kim Kreiner was fourth with 55.90m/183-5. Patterson and Kreiner both have the Olympic A standard of 60.50m/198-6 and will compete in Beijing; Pounds and Yurkovich lack the standard and will not be on the final Olympic Team roster.

Oregon flavor in women's 800

As she has done throughout the rounds in the women's 800, three-time USA outdoor champion Hazel Clark took the lead early in Monday night's final. At the bell, Alice Schmidt moved up on the two-time Olympian's shoulder, but Clark maintained her lead. Running 2-3 meters back were Nicole Teter and then Kameisha Bennett, both of whom fell during Saturday's semifinal and were advanced to the final by a referee's decision.

That decision paid off. In the homestretch, Clark held on for first, winning in 1:59.82, with Schmidt second in 2:00.46. Bennett overtook Teter and was third in 2:01.20, with Teter fourth in 2:01.30. However, Bennett has not met the Olympic "A" standard of 2:00.00, which means the Eugene-trained Teter is on the team for Beijing.

More finals take shape

There were no surprises in the women's 400m semifinal rounds, setting up finals on Thursday, after two off days of competition.

A showdown between world #1 Sanya Richards and Mary Wineberg seems on tap for the women's 400, as both handily won their heats. Wineberg took the first in 50.57, with Richards winning the second heat, slowing substantially in the final meters to cross the line in 50.75. Other contenders advancing to the final were Olympic relay gold medalists Dee Dee Trotter and Monique Henderson, as well as Natasha Hastings.

In the women's steeplechase semifinal, Nicole Bush of Michigan State won the first heat in 9:49.53, while NCAA champion Jenny Barringer of Colorado easily won the second semi in 9:48.50 to set a Hayward Field record. The final will be Thursday.

All the usual suspects will compete in Friday's high jump final as well, as Chaunte Howard, Amy Acuff and Destinee Hooker were among the 14 women who will vie for Olympic berths. In the long jump, heptathlon champion Hyleas Fountain was the top qualifier into Thursday's final with 6.66m/21-10.25.

The women's 5,000m semifinals set up a Friday final that will feature heat winners Shalane Flanagan (15:35.86) and Kara Goucher (15:32.22).

For complete coverage of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field, including results, athletes quotes, TV schedule and start lists, visit www.usatf.org


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