Trojans Win Six Medals At the 2007 Track and Field World Championships

Sept. 7, 2007

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USC shined at the 2007 Track and Field World Championships held Aug. 25-Sept. 2 in Osaka, Japan as Trojans won six medals and placed in the finals of events 12 times.

'I'm extremely proud of the representation of our current and former athletes because our people have remained in the sport and pursued excellence in representing themselves as some of the best athletes in their countries and in the world,' said USC's Director of Track and Field Ron Allice. 'No school in the country had better representation than USC which I think is a reflection on our program. They are all Trojans and are proud to be Trojans.'

Led by USC student Allyson Felix (USC), who tied a World Championship women's record by winning three gold medals in a single World Championship (200m, 4x100m, 4x400m), the Trojans earned four gold medals and two silver medals in the competition. If USC were a country, its medal total would have ranked sixth in the world.

Perhaps the most amazing feat by Felix at the World Championships was leading the USA's women's 4x400m relay team to a gold, getting the baton for the second leg in fourth place and handing it off with nearly a seven-meter lead. Her unofficial split time of 48.0 seconds marks one of the fastest 4x400m relay split times in history and helped the USA to the fastest time in the world in 14 years.

The other Trojans who earned medals were Torri Edwards winning gold in the women's 4x100m (USA), Marvin Anderson winning silver in the men's 4x100m (Jamaica) and Felix Sanchez getting a silver medal in the men's 400m intermediate hurdles (Dominican Republic). Edwards also placed fourth in the 100m dash, Anderson sixth in the men's 200m race and Sanchez placed seventh as part of the DRs men's 4x400m team.

Other former Trojan athletes who placed at the competition were Natasha Danvers-Smith who placed eighth in the women's 400m IH (Great Britian), Virginia Powell placing fifth in the women's 100m HH (USA) and Brigita Langerholc taking fifth in the women's 800m (Slovania).

In all, USC had 12 current and former students compete at the World Championships. Current Trojans who competed were Lionel Larry in the men's 400m (USA) and Duane Solomon in the men's 800m (USA). Recent former Trojans who competed but did not reach the finals of the World Championships were Noah Bryant in the men's shot put (USA), Julien Kapek in the men's triple jump (France) and Jesse Williams in the men's high jump (USA).

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