Former Barton County Community College sprinters Tyson Gay and Veronica Campbell continued to wear the label the fastest in the world as they won 100m gold at the 2007 IAAF World Outdoor Championships is Osaka, Japan.
Gay won the men's 100m Sunday with a time of 9.85 while Campbell captured a photo-finish gold in 11.01 this morning. For Gay it was his 1st medal at any major championship.
Campbell had previously won bronze in the 100m and gold in the 200m at the 2004. Walter Davis will bring home a medal for the 2nd straight time in the triple jump at the World Championships, collecting bronze this year as the defending champion in 2005. Davis and Gay account for 2 of the USA's 7 medals after 3 days of competition. The 3 medals for former Cougars would rank them 2nd only to the USA's 7. Three countries have 3 medals.
Gay ran 2nd for much of the 100m finals before pulling ahead and away from Jamaica's Asfa Powell in the final 25 meters for the gold in 9.85 - just off his 9.84 earlier this year which is the best in the world in 2007. Derrick Atkins of the Bahamas also overtook Powell near the end for silver in 9.91 while Powell was 3rd in 9.96. He will begin pursuit of the 200m gold on Day 4.
Campbell had to wait out a bit of controversy in the women's 100m finals before being named the gold medal winner and World Champion. Campbell and Lauryn Williams - the defending 100m champion in the event - both finished in 11.01 while Carmelita Jeter and Torri Edwards of the US were at 11.02 and 11.05. The computer 1st ruled Edwards the winner, which flashed on the scoreboard. But after going to the photo, Campbell was declared the winner several minutes later with the 3 Americans behind her. She will begin pursuit of the 200m gold on Day 5.
Davis, the defending World Champion in the triple jump took bronze this year with his leap of 56-10 3/4. Davis sat in 2nd place behind eventual winner Nelson Evora of Portugal until the final round when Jadel Gregoio of Brazil jumped 57-8 1/2 to move into 1st and bump Davis down the 3rd. Evora retook the lead and gold on the final jump, going 58-2 1/2.
Williams is having his 1st go at a major championship and doing very well in the initial go around qualifying for the finals of the men's 400m hurdles. Williams took 4th in his heat but earned 1 of the 3 at large slots in the finals with the 2nd fastest non-qualifying time of 48.43 in the semifinals. Williams easily made it to the semis with a 2nd place finish in the quarters on Day 1 in 49.65. The 400m finals will be Tuesday. Williams will start in lane 8.
Fountain didn't make it through the heptathlon, pulling out of the event following the 5th of 8 events. Fountain no marked in the long jump after an injury to her right hamstring and pulled out of the competition. After 4 events, Fountain was 15th with 3616 points - 550 behind the leader.
Sands didn't make it to the finals of the triple jump, jumping for his homeland the Bahamas. Sands jumped 16.53 in the qualifying round, finishing 22nd out of 36 jumpers at the Championships.
Former Cougars at the IAAF World Outdoor Track and Field Championships
Men's Day 4 starts
Derrick Williams - Lane 8
200m (6 heats and quarterfinals)
Tyson Gay - Heats - heat 2, lane 6
Tyson Gay - Quarterfinals - if qualify
Tyson Gay - 1st - 9.85
Triple Jump (Finals)
Walter Davis - 3rd - 56-10 3/4
Leevan Sands - 22nd - 16.53 (qualifying)
400m hurdles (Semifinals)
Derrick Williams - 8th qualify - 48.43
Veronica Campbell - 1st - 11.01
Hyleas Fountain - DNF
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