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Athletics - 11. March 2008.

Team USA cleans up on last day of World Indoors


VALENCIA, Spain - Team USA picked up two gold medals, one silver and two bronze on the final day of competition at the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships to finish the three-day meet atop the medal table once again. All told, Team USA won 13 medals - 5 gold, 5 bronze and three silver.

2007 Pan Am Games 4x100m silver medalist Shareese Woods (Charlotte, N.C.) went out strong in the final of the women's 400m, trailing only the Russians, Olesya Zykina and indoor world record holder Natalya Nazarova. She was able to hold on to their brisk pace and win the bronze medal in a personal best 51.41. Olympic 4x400m gold medalist Moushaumi Robinson (New Albany, Ohio) was sixth in 53.10.

In the women's 4x400m, Woods picked up another bronze medal with the help of teammates Angel Perkins (Cerritos, Calif.), Miriam Barnes (Ruston, La.), and Robinson. They crossed the line in 3:29.30.

On the infield, three-time Olympian Amy Acuff (Isleton, Calif.) cleared 1.95m/6-4.75 for sixth place in the women's high jump.

Fans can watch Team USA online via live, daily Webcast at www.wcsn.com, and on television 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

Shareese Woods - women's 400m bronze

"I'm my own worst critic. The first part of my race was just ok but I was able to hold it together at the end and win a medal. Hopefully I won't have to work at the bookstore anymore and I can pick up a sponsor and get an agent."

Moushaumi Robinson - women's 400m final

"I'm disappointed, but I ran well so that's good. We got a medal for Team USA. My time today was horrible compared to yesterday but I'm happy for Shareese (Woods).

Shareese Woods - women's 4x400m bronze medalist (3rd leg)

"During the team meeting, Allen Johnson told us to make it as simple as possible when getting ready for the race and during the race and it worked."

Moushaumi Robinson - women's 4x400m bronze medalist (anchor leg)

"It's been a long weekend, I'm glad to be going home. Considering the people that came (from other teams) and the young athletes that we brought, I think we did a really good job."

Angel Perkins - women's 4x400m bronze medalist (1st leg)

"Every medal you get is a good one but I'm still going for that gold."

"I was the first one done and the last one off the track."

Amy Acuff - 6th place in women's high jump

"I got sixth. I was just trying to conserve my energy (by passing heights). I was tired from yesterday. I'm generally pleased with my performance. I felt my attempts at 2.01 were pretty good. Now I know what to go home and work on."

Team USA Female medal table - 2008 IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships

Gold (5):

 

Anglea Williams (Ontario, Calif.), W60m

Lolo Jones (Baton Rouge, La.), W60mH


Silver (5):

 

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

Candice Davis (Culver City, Calif.), W60mH

Bronze (3):

Shareese Woods (Charlotte, N.C.), W400

W4x400m relay, Angel Perkins (Cerritos, Calif.), Miriam Barnes (Ruston, La.), Shareese Woods (Charlotte, N.C.), Moushaumi Robinson (New Albany, Ohio)

 


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