Alum Chelsea Johnson Earns Silver Medal At World Track & Field Championships
Aug. 17, 2009
Bruin alum Chelsea Johnson tied for silver in the pole vault on Monday at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics at the 1936 Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany.
Johnson, who earned a spot at Worlds with a second-placing showing at the USATF Championships in June, became the first medalist for Team USA on the women's side. Competing in her first World Championship meet, Johnson cleared a season-high 15-3 to tie for second, earning a silver medal in the process. Poland's Monika Pyrek also will receive a silver medal for her clearance of 15-3 as well.
Johnson cleared the first three heights on her first attempt - 14-5.25 (4.40m), 14-11 (4.55m) and 15-3 (4.75m). She missed all three attempts at 15-7 (4.75m).
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 (stat courtesy USATF).
Also on Monday, Sheena (Johnson) Tosta advanced to the next round of the 400m hurdles after earning an automatic spot with her fourth-place run of 56.00 in the opening rounds.