Trojan Student Felix Becomes Youngest 200m Champion
Aug. 12, 2005
USC student Allyson Felix won the gold medal in the women's 200m finals today with a time of 22.16 at the World Track and Field Championships in Helsinki, Finland to become the youngest ever world 200m champion.
Felix, 19, came from behind down the stretch to pass France's Christine Arron and Jamaica's Veronica Campbell to win the gold medal. Felix won the silver medal in the 200m race at the 2004 Olympics. She turned professional and does not compete for the Trojans, but will be starting her junior year at USC. Her brother, Wes, just completed his senior season at USC and finished second at the 2005 NCAA Track and Field Championships in the 100m dash.
USC high jumpers Jesse Williams and Manjula Wijesekara both failed to reach the finals in the men's high jump. Williams jumped 7-4 1/4, which was the last qualifying height, but missed one attempt before making the mark, while two other high jumpers cleared the height on the first try to advance to the finals. Williams, a senior, bettered his school record with a high jump of 7-6 1/2 on July 26 at the DN Galan Track and Field Championships in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2005, Williams became the only Trojan to win both the NCAA indoor and outdoor high jump championships in the same season.
Wijesekara, a 2004 Olympian from Sri Lanka, jumped 7-0 3/4. The sophomore jumped a season-best 7-4 1/2 in the high jump at the Mt. Sac Relays in April. His career-best mark is 7-5 1/4, which set the Sri Lankan national junior record.
Inga Stasiulionyte, who attended USC from 2001-04, threw 178-4 in the women's javelin and did not qualify for the finals. She is still the school and Pac-10 record-holder in the javelin with a throw of 186-10 in 2002. She won the 2001 NCAA javelin championship as a USC freshman.