One More Gold for Richards
Texas ex anchors United States relay team to world championship
By Lee Nichols,
9:15PM, Sun. Aug. 23, 2009
Giving up 10 meters to your opponent going into the anchor leg of the 4x400 meters relay is never a good idea. When that opponent's anchor happens just happens to be the newly crowned world champion in the 400 meters well, the result is predictable.
That's what happened earlier today at the IAAF Track & Field World Championships in Berlin. The United States' Lashinda Demus gave former Texas Longhorn Sanya Richards comfortable breathing room over Russia on the last handoff, and Richards – who won an individual world title on Tuesday – turned that 10 meters into almost 25 over the course of the last lap.
Richards stopped the clock at 3 minutes, 17.83 seconds; her anchor leg was timed in 48.43 seconds.
Today's action concludes the nine-day world championships, a fairly happy one for Longhorns and Austinites, including the aforementioned championships for Richards and a world title for decathlete Trey Hardee. Richards will no doubt contest a few more meets as the season winds down into September. The next world championships is in two years, in Daegu, South Korea.