Sept. 16, 2003
INDIANAPOLIS - UCLA great Gail Devers has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week (Sept. 16) after winning the 100m hurdles in a world-leading time at the inaugural IAAF World Athletics Final in Monte Carlo on Sept. 13-14.
The three-time world 100m hurdles champion, Devers ran 12.45 seconds to tie Jamaican Brigitte Foster's world leading time set on May 25. It's Devers' second weekly honor in 2003. She also named the USA T & F Athlete of the Week during the 2003 indoor season.
Other impressive performers in Monte Carlo include Aretha Hill's U.S. leading mark of 65.10m/213-7 to place second in the women's discus throw. The 2003 world indoor and outdoor champion Dwight Phillips won the men's long jump with a best of 8.31m/27-3.25, and the University of Missouri's Christian Cantwell was a surprise winner in the men's shot put with a best of 20.93m/68-8. Chryste Gaines the 2001 U.S. 100m champion clocked in another personal best this season to win the 100m in 10.86 seconds. The 2003 U.S. 100m champion, Bernard Williams ran a season best of 10.04 to win the men's event. Joshua (JJ) Johnson, the two-time world outdoor championships 4x100m gold medalist, ran 20.35 to win the men's 200m. The 2003 World Outdoor 400m champion, Jerome Young, won his event with a time of 45.04. Allen Johnson, a four-time world outdoor 110m hurdles champion, ran 13.11 in winning his event. The 2003 U.S. high jump champion, Jamie Nieto tied a personal best of 2.30m/7-6.5 placing third with the winner and runner-up making the same mark. Kelli White, the 2003 world outdoor 100 and 200m champion ran 22.31 to win the women's 200m. The 2003 world outdoor championships women's 400m hurdles silver medalist, Sandra Glover ran 53.65 to win her event.
Now in its third year, USATF's Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on the USATF website. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
2003 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 7, J-Mee Samuels; January 14, Kevin Toth; January 21, Michelle Collins; January 28, Natasha Hastings; February 4, Regina Jacobs; February 11, Gail Devers; February 18, Terrence Trammell; February 25, James Davis; March 4, Stacy Dragila; March 11, Deena Drossin; March 18, Michelle Collins; March 25, Brenda Taylor; April 1, Deena Drossin; April 8, Shawn Crawford; April 15, Deena Drossin; April 22, Kevin Toth; April 29, Torri Edwards; May 6, Allyson Felix; May 13, Matt Hemingway; May 20, Bershawn Jackson; May 27, Tisha Waller; June 3, Sanya Richards; June 10, Tim Seaman; June 17, Daniel Lincoln; June 25, Kelli White; July 1, Grace Upshaw; July 8, Allen Johnson; July 15, Jason Richardson; July 22, Shalonda Solomon; July 30, Jamie Nieto; August 5, Bianca Knight; August 12, Kim Kreiner; August 19, Chryste Gaines; August 27, Kelli White; September 3, Allen Johnson; September 9, Sandra Glover; September 16, Gail Devers.
USA Winners from the World Athletics Final at Monaco on September 13-14:
100 - 10.04 Bernard Williams (Nike) - 9/13 200 - 20.35 Joshua (JJ) Johnson (Nike) - 9/14 400 - 45.04 Jerome Young (adidas)- 9/13 110H - 13.11 Allen Johnson (Nike) - 9/13 400H - 48.73 Joey Woody (New Balance) - 9/14 HJ - 2.30/7-6.5 Jamie Nieto (HPTC) - 9/14 PV - 5.70/18-8.25 Jeff Hartwig (Nike) & Derek Miles (Nike) - 9/13 LJ - 8.31/27-3.25 Dwight Phillips (Nike) - 9/13 TJ - 17.09/56-1 Walter Davis (Nike) - 9/14 SP - 20.93/68-8 Christian Cantwell (Unattached) - 9/13
100 - 10.86 Chryste Gaines (Nike) - 9/14 200 - 22.31 Kelli White (Nike) - 9/13 100H - 12.45 Gail Devers (Nike) - 9/14 World Leader 400H - 53.65 Sandra Glover (Nike) - 9/13 PV - 4.50/14-9 Stacy Dragila (Nike) - 9/14 LJ - 6.60/21-8 Grace Upshaw (Nike) - 9/14 DT - 65.10/213-7 Aretha Hill (Nike) - 9/14 U.S. Leader.