Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State University women's track and field head coach Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice and the USA world track and field team captured 10 gold medals at the 2009 IAAF World Track and Field Championship.
Team USA collected 22 medals overall, winning more than any other country to dominate the placing table with 231 points. Team USA also registered six silver and six bronze medals along with several outstanding performances.
Cheeseborough-Guice, who served as Team USA women's head coach, arranged the 4x400 gold medal team. The quartet consisted of 2009 USA Outdoor Championships runner-up Debbie Dunn (Norfolk, Va.) Dunn got the U.S. off to a tremendous start in the women's 4x400m final. Dunn handed a 10-yard lead to three-time world outdoor 200m champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist Allyson Felix (Santa Clarita, Calif.). Felix extended the lead early on in her run, and two-time world championship silver medalist Lashinda Demus (Palmdale, Calif.) had a 12-meter margin when she began her third leg.
The 2009 world 400m champion and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Sanya Richards (Austin, Tex.) extended the margin to 20 meters with 200 meters to go, and she crossed the finish line securing Team USA the gold medal in 3:17.83, which is the fastest time in the world this year and the fastest time globally since 1993. It is also the sixth-fastest time in history.
Under Coach Cheeseborough-Guice, the women's squad captured three gold medals (long jump, 400-meter dash and 4x400-meter relay), two silver medals (pole vault and 400-meter hurdles) and two bronze medals (100-meter dash and 1500-meter run).
Other 2009 highligthed milestones in Team USA women's world championship competition include:
- Michelle Carter's sixth-place finish in the women's shot put is the highest by an American since Connie Price-Smith finished fifth in 1997.
-Amy Yoder Begley's sixth-place finish in the women's 10,000m in 31:13.78 is the fastest time ever by an American at a World Outdoor Championships.
-Jenny Barringer bettered her own American record in the 3,000m steeplechase final in 9:12.50, which improved upon her previous standard by nearly 10 seconds. Her fifth-place finish is the highest ever by an American at a World Championships.
- Rachel Yurkovich became the first American woman to qualify for the women's javelin final at a World Championships since Karin Smith finished 10th in 1983.
-These championships mark the first time ever that Team USA has placed three women (Christin Wurth-Thomas, Shannon Rowbury & Anna Willard) in a World Outdoor Championships 1,500m final.
-Allyson Felix won her third consecutive women's world 200m title, more than anyone in history.
-Stephanie Brown Trafton and Aretha Thurmond qualified for the women's discus final. It was the first time two Americans competed in that final since 2001.
-Kara Goucher's 10th place finish in the women's marathon is the highest for an American since Linda Somers placed seventh in 1995.
-Team USA women's fifth place finish in the World Marathon Cup at the World Outdoor Championships is its best finish ever. Team USA finished sixth in 1999, 2005 & 2007.
- For the first time ever, three U.S. women (Rowbury, Wurth-Thomas, Willard) finished in the top ten in the women's 1,500 meters.-Shannon Rowbury's bronze medal win in the women's 1,500m final is the highest finish by an American since Regina Jacobs won the silver medal in 1999.
-Team USA's gold medal winning women's 4x400m relay squad of Debbie Dunn, Allyson Felix, Lashinda Demus and Sanya Richards posted the fastest time in the world since 1993 (3:17.83). It is the sixth-fastest time ever.
-Brittney Reese's win in the women's long jump is the first by an American at the World Outdoor Championships since Tianna Madison won gold at Helsinki in 2005.