Aug. 20, 2009
BERLIN – Two former South Carolina Gamecocks brought home two silver medals for Team USA Thursday as Terrence Trammell and Lashinda Demus both placed second in their respective hurdle events at the IAAF World Championships held at Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany.
Trammell claimed silver for the third time at the World Outdoor Championships with a time of 13.15 in the 110-meter hurdles. Demus claimed silver in the women’s 400-meter hurdles at 52.96. Fellow Gamecock alum and Team USA member Tiffany Ross-Williams took fifth in the 400-meter hurdle finals at 53.83.
In chasing the gold medal, Trammell has earned the silver medal in three of the last four World Championships after also placing second in 2003 and 2007. The South Carolina Hall of Fame member started the day with the semifinal round where he won his heat and placed second overall with a time o 13.24. He hit the track again 150 minutes later to claim silver officially with his run of 13.15.
On the women’s side, Demus continued to run well and shaved nearly two seconds off her semifinal round time in the 400-meter hurdles, but the world leader in the event this year was held off by Jamaica’s Melaine Walker to earn silver medal honors. Ross-Williams also had her best round of the championships to claim fifth overall at a season best time for her.
The next Gamecocks to hit the track in Berlin are relay pool members Natasha Hastings, Shalonda Solomon and Aleen Bailey. Hastings will compete for the United States in the 4x400m relay heats at 2:15 p.m. EST. Solomon (USA) and Bailey (Jamaica) will compete for their teams in the 4x100m relay heats at 12:10 p.m. EST.
GAMECOCK EVENT START TIMES
110m Hurdles – Terrence Trammell
Heats: Wednesday, August 19 – Trammell 13.51 (2nd heat, 4th overall)
Semifinal: Thursday, August 20 – Trammell 13.24 (1st heat, 2nd overall)
Final: Thursday, August 20 – Trammell 13.15 (2nd overall)
Heats: Saturday, August 15 – Dutch 49.38 (3rd heat, 11th overall), Heikkila 51.42 (8th heat, 24th overall)
Semifinal: Sunday, August 16 – Dutch 49.28 (6th heat, 12th overall)
400m Hurdles – Lashinda Demus & Tiffany Ross-Williams
Heats: Monday, August 17 – Heats: Monday, August 17 – Demus 54.66 (1st heat, 1st overall), Ross-Williams 55.25 (2nd heat, 5th overall)
Semifinal: Tuesday, August 18 – Demus 54.25 (1st heat, 4th overall), Ross-Williams 54.79 (2nd heat, 6th overall)
Final: Thursday, August 20 – Demus 52.96 (2nd overall), Ross-Williams 53.83 (5th overall)
4x100m Relay – Shalonda Solomon & Aleen Bailey
Heats: Saturday, August 22 – 12:10 p.m. EST (Heats TBA)
Final: Saturday, August 22 – 2:00 p.m. EST
4x400m Relay – Natasha Hastings
Heats: Saturday, August 22 – 2:15 p.m. EST (Heats TBA)
Final: Sunday, August 23 – 11:50 a.m. EST
NBC, VERSUS TO BROADCAST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2009 World Championships will be broadcast in the United States daily on NBC and Versus. The broadcast schedule is as follows. All times Eastern; subject to change; check local listings.
August 21: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Versus
August 22: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. NBC
August 23: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. NBC