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Former Bruins Win at World Track and Field Championships
By: UCLA Athletics

Aug. 6, 2001

At the World Track and Field Championships in Edmonton, Canada, former Bruins John Godina and Shelia Burrell were top finishers for the US team. Godina won gold in the shot put on Saturday and Burrell won the US women their first medal of the championships, a bronze in the heptathlon.

Godina captured the gold medal in his first attempt in the shot finals, with a throw of 71-9 (21.87m). In his win, Godina out-threw fellow American Adam Nelson and Finland's Arsi Harju. The shot put finals saw a rematch of Olympic medalists. At the Sydney Games, Harju was the gold medalist, followed by silver-medalist Nelson and Godina. Said Godina of his win, "I'm very, very happy. This is better than any of the other titles I've ever won."

On Sunday, former Bruin Shelia Burrell captured the first US women's medal, finishing third in the heptahlon with a personal best score of 6472. Yelena Prokhorova of Russia won the gold medal with 6694 points and Natalya Sazanovich took the silver medal with 6539 points. The win is Burrell's first international title. "I'm sitting on top of the world," said Burrell. Both Godina and Burrell were named Xerox Athletes of the Day for Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Current Bruin Tracy O'Hara did not qualify for Monday's pole vault final.

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Flagstaff, AZ
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Friday, Jan 22
vs. DeLoss Dodds ...
Manhattan, KS
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vs. DeLoss Dodds ...
Manhattan, KS
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Fayetteville, AR
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Fayetteville, AR
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Lincoln, NE
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Saturday, Feb 06
vs. Frank Sevigne Husker ...
Lincoln, NE
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Seattle, WA
Saturday, Feb 13 - All Day PST
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Seattle, WA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 7:00 AM PST
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Notre Dame, IN
Friday, Feb 26 - TBA PST
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Seattle, WA
Saturday, Feb 27 - TBA PST
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Seattle, WA
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Fullerton, CA
Friday, Mar 11 - TBA PST
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Birmingham, AL
Saturday, Mar 12 - TBA PST
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Birmingham, AL
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Los Angeles, CA
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Los Angeles, CA
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Los Angeles, CA
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Los Angeles, CA
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Norwalk, CA
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Norwalk, CA
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Norwalk, CA
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Los Angeles, CA
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San Diego, CA
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San Diego, CA
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Los Angeles, CA
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Seattle, WA
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Eagle Rock, CA
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Seattle, WA
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