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Americans advance in relay; Deakes wins 50K walk

Americans advance in relay; Deakes wins 50K walk

Allyson Felix ran the fastest women's 200 meter race in eight years to defend her title and decided she needed a morning off.
Her U.S. teammates Carmelita Jeter, Mechelle Lewis, Mikele Barber and Lauryn Williams led the qualifiers in 42.24 seconds Sunday morning in the 4x100-meter relay, beating Jamaica and Britain in their heat. Belgium won the other heat in 42.85.
"My job was very easy today," Williams said. "All our exchanges were good. In the final, we are not afraid of the Jamaicans, only the stick is the problem."
Williams was second in the 100 to Jamaica's Veronica Campbell, who in turn was second to Felix in the 200 on Saturday night. Felix and Campbell are expected to be back in their respective teams for the relay final later Sunday.
"We trained a lot for the relay here in Osaka and we have a very good team atmosphere," said Williams, who was on the team that edged Jamaica for gold in 2005. "I have to admit, though, that when I was younger it was not always been like this."
In the only final Sunday morning, Australia's Nathan Deakes won the 50-kilometer walk in 3 hours, 43 minutes, 53 seconds. Yohan Diniz was next in 3:44:22, giving France its first medal in Osaka, and Alex Schwazer of Italy took bronze.
"I guess I will remember for ever the feeling when I came into the stadium and it was clear I'm the champion," said Deakes, who was in tears as he approached the finish. "It was quite emotional."
Medals are on offer later Sunday in the 4x100 relays, pole vault, 5,000 meters and decathlon.
The men's relay final is the last event of the penultimate day, and U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay is bidding for a third gold medal after winning the 100-200 double.
Jamaica's Maurice Smith led the decathlon at 6,431 points with three events remaining. Dmitriy Karpov of Kazakhstan was next with 6,259 and Olympic champion Roman Sebrle at 6,210.
Defending champion Bryan Clay withdrew after hurting his right leg in the high jump _ the fourth event of the decathlon _ Saturday night. It was about the only disappointment for the U.S. team.
Jeremy Wariner won the 400 meters in a personal best of 43.45 seconds and a margin of .51 over LaShawn Merritt to lead a U.S. sweep.
Felix's margin topped that. Hers was the biggest margin of victory in a major international competition since the 1948 Olympics in the women's 200. Felix surged away from Campbell to win by a massive .53 margin. Her 21.81 was the fastest time in eight years.
"I have been waiting for so long to run such a time, to run under 22 seconds," Felix said.
Those two gold were among six for the Americans on day seven.
It wasn't all America's day at the championships though. Running in the outside lane 9, Liu Xiang proved why he is the Olympic champion and world record holder and won China's first gold at the championships.
In an event where discipline is everything, he even took time to look to his left twice and see that competition was out of sight before crossing in 12.95 seconds. Terrence Trammell, a silver-medal specialist at major events, finished second in 12.99 ahead of U.S. teammate David Payne in third place.


Updated : 2020-12-05 17:01 GMT+08:00