Alysia Johnson Captures Bronze in 800m at World Indoor Championships
March 14, 2010
Former Cal All-American Alysia Johnson won a bronze medal in the 800 meters at the World Indoor Championships Sunday in Doha, Qatar, running an indoor PR of 1:59.60.
Johnson, the 2007 NCAA champion at 800 meters both indoors and outdoors, set the early pace, finishing the first 200 meters in 28.01, and she still held the lead at the halfway mark with a 58.16 split.
Great Britain's Jennifer Meadows surged ahead and led the field through 600 meters before Mariya Savinova came through at the finish in a world-leading time of 1:58.26. Meadows was second in 1:58.43, followed by Johnson and 2010 USA champion Anna Pierce (2:00.53), who entered the race ranked No. 2 in the world. Lithuania's Egle Balciunaite (2:01.37) and Russia's Yevgeniya Zinurova (2:01.68) rounded out the list of finalists.
Johnson earned her place on Team USA with a runner-up finish to Pierce at the U.S. Indoor Championships last month.
As a junior in 2007, Johnson won both the NCAA indoor and outdoor 800-meter titles for the Bears during a season in which she was also named the Pac-10 Track Athlete of the Year. Later that summer, she captured the outdoor 800 at the USA Track & Field meet to qualify for the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan. Johnson holds Cal records at 800 meters both indoors (2:03.39) and outdoors (1:59.29).