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Athletics - 10. March 2008.

Williams picks up gold in Valencia


VALENCIA, Spain - Angela Williams added a gold to her medal collection Friday night at the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Two-time World Indoor silver medalist Angela Williams (Ontario, Calif.) announced to the world that she is back and better than ever with her win in the women's 60 meters. The second fastest athlete out of the blocks, Williams strong surge in the last 10m propelled her to victory in a world-leading, personal best 7.06 seconds. 2008 U.S. 60m runner-up Alexis Joyce (Denver, Co.) was eighth in 7.37.

In qualifying action at the track, two-time U.S. Indoor and Outdoor champion Jenn Stuczynski (Churchville, N.Y.) advanced to the final of the women's pole vault with her opening clearance of 4.50m/14-9. 2004 Olympian Jillian Schwartz (Jonesboro, Ark.) cleared 4.35m/14-3.25 and did not advance. Two-time.

The first round of the women's 800m saw American indoor record holder Nicole Teter (Eugene, Ore.) take fourth in her heat in 2:01.73 and advance to the semi final on time, while Nicole Cook (Knoxville, Tenn.) was fourth in her heat in 2:06.67 and didn't advance.

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

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

ATHLETE QUOTES


Angela Williams - women's 60m gold medalist

It feels awesome, I'm so excited. Just confirming that working hard and believing in yourself pays off. I was confident but I didn't want to be cocky. I said 'today is the today Angie'. It's about staying calm and focusing on my race. I'm so happy. Now it's a new beginning with the outdoor season."

Alexis Joyce - women's 60m finalist

"My calves got tight and it just wasn't there. But I made it to the final and that's what counts. It was my first time (on Team USA). I'm happy to be here."

Nicole Teter - women's 800m qualifying

"That was so hard, the fastest I've run all season. I was crossing my fingers. It felt good though, even after the long trip over here."

Jenn Stuczynski - women's pole vault qualifying

"Two attempts at one height got me in (to the final). One and done, see ya tomorrow."

Shareese Woods - women's 400m qualifying

"I felt great, my race was good. And I made to the next round. That's all I wanted."

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