Phillips Claims Bronze in Long Jump at IAAF World Championships
Aug. 30, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. - The final three athletes with ties to the Arizona State University track and field program competed at the 11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics over the past three days with one former Sun Devil claiming a medal at the event being held inside Nagai Stadium in Osaka, Japan.
Dwight Phillips, the 2004 Olympic Long Jump Gold Medalist and winner of the IAAF World Championships in both 2003 and 2005, hit a jump of 8.22m in the qualifying round on Wednesday and was tied for second place, earning him a berth into the finals. In the finals, held Thursday night, Phillips took and early lead but was unable to successfully defend his crowns as his top effort of 8.30m placed him in third place.
'It's kind of bittersweet,' Phillips told the USATF following the event. 'I don't really know how to feel, coming in third. I hadn't finished like that with a bronze medal and it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. But hey, I have motivation for next year and I'm looking forward to it. It wasn't my best at all. I didn't execute and that's what happens when you don't execute.'
Also in the men's long jump competition was Trevell Quinley. In the qualification round, Quinley had a low mark and a foul with one jump remaining. On his third attempt, he recorded a mark of 7.99m to earn the 12th and final qualifying position for the final. In the final, Quinley recorded fouls on all three of his attempts.
'It didn't go as planned,' Quinley told the USATF. 'I know it's my first team but that's no excuse. I'm pretty disappointed. It's back to the drawing board for me. I got some good experience getting my butt whupped at a major meet, but that's just going to motivate me for next year. Next season I'll be training with (world record holder) Mike Powell and I think that'll make all the difference.'
The final former Sun Devil to compete was Seth Amoo, who was running in the 200m dash for Ghana. In the heats, Amoo clocked a time of 20.85 to place sixth in his heat and was 33rd overall with only the Top 32 advancing to the quarterfinals.
Men's 200m Dash - Heats
33. Seth Amoo [Ghana] - 20.85 - did not advance
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