Dwight Phillips Captures Long Jump Gold at IAAF World Championships

Aug. 16, 2005

HELSINKI, Finland - Dwight Phillips, a former member of the Arizona State University track and field program, captured his fourth world title in the long jump as he secured gold at the 2005 IAAF World Championships, held Aug. 6-14, in Helsinki, Finland. Phillips was one of three former Sun Devils representing Team USA at the world meet as pole vaulter Nick Hysong and distance runner Lisa Galaviz also competed.

After winning gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics on his first jump of the finals (8.59m/28-2.25), Phillips posted a nearly identical performance to capture his recent title as he soared to a world-leading mark of 8.60m (28-2.75) in the first of six rounds. In the qualification round one day earlier, Phillips again needed just one jump to punch his ticket to the next round as his first mark of 8.59m easily cleared the automatic qualifying standard of 8.10m. Phillips would pass his other two attempts on the day.

Along with his Olympic Gold Medal, Phillips has won three other world titles, including the outdoor championship in 2005 and 2003 and added the 2003 indoor title as well.

Hysong, the 2000 Sydney Olympics Gold Medal winner in the pole vault, started off strong at the world meet as he finished first in Group A with a clearance of 5.60m (18-4.50), the automatic mark for a berth in the finals. Hysong was one of six athletes to meet the automatic mark, but was ranked No. 1 of that group based on fewer misses than his competitors. In the finals, Hysong could not climb as high as he did in the opening round as his top mark of 5.50m (18-2.25) would earn his a share of fifth place overall.

The final Sun Devil competing at the world meet was Galaviz (the former Lisa Aguilera). Competing in the women's 3,000m steeplechase, Galaviz would clock in at 9:47.45 to finish sixth in the first of three heats and 17th overall. Unfortunately for Galaviz, only the Top 15 finishers would advance to the finals.

Overall this summer, current and former Sun Devils have combined to win four gold medals in international competition. Along with Phillips at the IAAF meet, current women's thrower Sarah Stevens won the shot put title at the XIII Pan American Junior Championships while incoming freshman Ryan Whiting won the men's shot put and discus events at the same meet.

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