Lincoln Wins Steeplechase; Gay and Spearmon Ad
BY ANDRES FOCIL
CARSON, Calif. – Former Razorback Daniel Lincoln secured his spot on America’s World Championship team after he won the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while Tyson Gay and Wallace Spearmon Jr., moved one step closer when they qualified to the semifinals of the 200-meter dash.
Lincoln, the 2004 Olympic Trials champion, broke away from Olympic Trials runner-up Anthony Famiglietti with 500 meters to go. Surging away easily, Lincoln went on to win in a 2005 U.S.-leading and Home Depot Center record time of 8:17.27. Famiglietti was second in 8:20.49 and former Colorado stand-out Steve Slattery was third in 8:25.52.
“I was really nervous, but I made up my mind to make a move with two laps to go and I didn’t want to get paralyzed in the race,” Lincoln said. “As soon as I made the move and got some clearance, I was confident in my speed. I was not sure how Anthony (Famiglietti) would react. It’s always good to win a good race and I wanted it real bad. I was nervous because I was injured from February through April (stress fracture, left tibia). It took a long time to heal, but I was doing a lot of training in the pool and on the bike and I was confident in my fitness.”
Gay and Spearmon both easily advanced by virtue of their top-three finishes in their respective heats as they took it nice and easy through the first round. Gay was first in his heat with a clocking of 20.38, the fastest qualifying time out of the four heats. In a different heat Spearmon crossed the line in second (20.67), behind Leo Bookman (20.63). The semifinals are scheduled for Sunday at 2:06 p.m. PT, with the finals following at 3:47 p.m.
“I felt real good,” Gay said. “I ran the curve at 50 percent and maintained through the finish, just enough to cross the line in first place. I feel like I’m where I need to be. I’m looking forward to tomorrow. There’s a lot of competition out there.”
During Friday’s competition Terry Gatson was unable to move on to the finals of the 400-meter dash after he ran a time of 46.50 in the semis and in the first round of the 400-meter hurdles Maurice Bridges posted a 51.36, but was unable to qualify to the next round. Junior All-American Eric Brown finished 12th (220-10) in the javelin.
In addition to the 200-meter dash former Arkansas athlete and Olympic silver medalist Matt Hemingway will compete in the high jump at 1:40 p.m.
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