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Johnson, Jeter win medals, Barringer sets American record in Berlin

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08/18/2009 - 11:37

Barringer_Jenny-WC098-18-09.jpgfrom USATF - BERLIN - Chelsea Johnson and Carmelita Jeter each won medals and Jenny Barringer improved her own American record during a productive evening for Team USA, Monday at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics at the 1936 Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany.
Johnson, the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships runner-up from Los Angeles, Calif., came up with the clutch performance of her life in winning the silver medal in the women's pole vault with her season's best clearance of 4.65 meters/15 feet 3 inches. Also receiving a silver medal will be Poland's Monika Pyrek, who's series was identical to Johnson's except for one failed attempt at 4.80m/15-9, to go along with her two misses at 4.75m/15-7.
Johnson opened with first attempt clearances at 4.40m/14-5.25, 4.55m/14-11 and 4.65m/15-3, before missing all three attempts at 4.75m/15-7. With her performance, Johnson joins Stacy Dragila (Gold - 1999, 2001) as the only U.S. women ever to medal at a World Outdoor Championships in the pole vault.
Anna Rogowska of Poland won the gold medal with a clearance of 4.75m/15-7.
Jeter captures bronze in women's 100m
Carmelita Jeter (Los Angeles) posted a lifetime best of 10.83 in winning the second semifinal earlier this evening before finishing third in the final in 10.90 seconds. This matches Jeter's performance at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, where she also won the bronze medal with her time of 11.02. Shelly-Ann Fraser of Jamaica won the gold medal in a world leading 10.73, with her countrywoman Kerron Stewart the runner-up in 10.75.
After posting a season's best 11.01 in this evening's first semifinal, 2005 world champion and 2007 silver medalist Lauryn Williams (Miami, Fla.) duplicated that performance with her sixth-place finish, also in 11.01.
Two-time Olympian Muna Lee (College Station, Texas), just missed making the final by finishing fifth in the second semi final in 11.18.
Barringer sets American record in Steeple final
Two-time U.S. champion and American record holder Jenny Barringer came storming from behind over the last 200 meters of the women's 3,000m steeplechase final to finish fifth in a new American record time of 9:12.50.
Barringer, who spent the majority of the race at the back of the pack, shattered her previous American record of 9:22.26 from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, where she finished ninth.
Earlier this year, Barringer won her second U.S. 3,000m steeplechase crown with her time of 9:29.38. She captured the 2009 NCAA steeple crown with her winning time of 9:25.54.
Ritz leads Team USA in men's 10,000 meters
Two-time Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein (Eugene, Ore.) posted a personal best time of 27:22.28 with his sixth-place finish in the men's 10,000 meters. Ritzenhein's time is the best ever by an American in the 10,000m at a World Outdoor Championships, easily bettering Abdi Abdirahman's 27:52.01 from the 2005 Worlds in Helsinki, Finland. His sixth-place finish is also the best ever by an American, slightly bettering the seventh-place finishes by Todd Williams in 2003 and Abdirahman in 2007.
Ritzenhein's effort this evening clobbered his previous personal best of 27:35.65 that he set in Palo Alto, Calif., on April 30, 2006. His performance makes him the fourth-fastest American ever behind only Meb Keflezighi, Abdi Abdirahman and Mark Nenow.
For Ritzenhein, it's an improvement on his ninth-place finish at the 2007 World Outdoor Championships, where he crossed the finish line in 28:28.59. Ritzenhein finished ninth at the 2008 Olympic men's marathon in 2:11:59.Reigning U.S champion Galen Rupp (Portland, Ore.) turned in a season's best time of 27:37.99 in finishing eighth. Rupp finished 13th at the 2008 Olympic Games in 27:36.99.This marks the second consecutive World Outdoor Championships where Team USA has had two competitors finish in the top ten in this event. At the 2007 Championships in Osaka, Abdirahman finished seventh (27:56.62) and Ritzenhein placed ninth (28:28.59).2009 USA Outdoor Championships third-place finisher Tim Nelson (Redding, Calif.) finished 17th in 28:18.04.
Lagat, Lomong, Manzano advance to 1,500m final
Reigning USA Outdoor 1,500m men's champion Lopez Lomong (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and 2007 world outdoor champion Bernard Lagat (Tucson, Ariz.) each qualified for the men's 1,500m final on Wednesday as a result of their performances from this evening's initial semifinal.
The entire field was together with 200 meters to go when the real race began. Lomong and Lagat took up the third and fourth places respectively until the last 20 meters when Lomong advanced to second and Lagat to third, which is where they finished. Lomong crossed the finish line in 3:36.75, with Lagat on his heels in 3:36.86.
2008 Olympian and NCAA 1,500m champion Leonel Manzano (Austin, Tex.) began the final stretch in the middle of the pack in the second semifinal and used an effective kick during the last 80 meters to move up to second place with his finishing time of 3:36.29.
This marks the first time that Team USA has placed three men in a World Outdoor Championships final. The last time three Americans appeared in an Olympic 1,500m final was 1968 (Jim Ryun, Tom Von Ruden, Marty Liquori).
Third-place finisher at the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships Dorian Ulrey (Port Bryan, Ill.) finished 12th in the second semifinal in 3:39.33 and will not advance.
Tosta, Williams & Demus advance to semis
2008 Olympic Games silver medalist and 2007 Pan Am Games champion Sheena Tosta (Chula Vista, Calif.) got off to a blistering start in heat 1 of the women's 400m hurdles. Tosta held a commanding lead with 200 meters to go and saw it slip away just past the final hurdle. Tosta finished fourth in 56.00 and will move on to tomorrow evening's semifinals.2008 Olympic Trials champion Tiffany Williams (Orlando, Fla.) looked strong in heat 4 running out of lane 7. Williams ran at a consistent pace throughout and finished second in 55.25, which was the fifth-fastest time in qualifying.
Completing the American threesome advancing to the semis was 2005 World Outdoor silver medalist and current world leader (52.63, July 28) Lashinda Demus of Palmdale, Calif. The suspense of this race ended early as Demus took control from the start and won easily in posting the fastest time of the night of 54.66.
Women's 800m semifinal action
Shortly into the second semi-final of the women's 800 meters, three-time Olympian and five-time USA Outdoor champion Hazel Clark (Knoxville, Tenn.) found herself in fourth place, and that's exactly where she ended up after crossing the finish line in a season's best time of 1:59.96. Clark's performance was not good enough to qualify for the final.
Two-time NCAA champion and 2009 USA Outdoor runner-up Geena Gall (Ann Arbor, Mich.) finished sixth in the first semi final in 2:01.30, and 2009 USA Outdoor Championships fourth-place finisher Maggie Vessey (Seacliff, Calif.) finished seventh in the third semi in 2:03.55. Neither will advance to the final
Team USA Medal Table - 2009 World Championships in Athletics
Gold (1)
Christian Cantwell (Columbia, Mo.), men's shot put, 22.03m/72-3.50
Silver (2)
Tyson Gay (Clermont, Fla.), men's 100 meters, 19.71
Chelsea Johnson (Los Angeles, Calif.), women's pole vault 4.65m/15-3
Bronze (1)
Carmelita Jeter (Inglewood, Calif.) women's 100 meters, 10.90
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For more information on Team USA at the World Outdoor Championships, visit http://www.usatf.org/events/2009/IAAFWorldOutdoorChampionships/.

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