OSAKA, Japan -- Former Lady Vol Tianna Madison, the defending champion in the long jump, didn???t have the kind of day she was looking for Tuesday at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships at Nagai Stadium.
??Madison, who soared to international stardom two years ago when she won a world championship in the long jump at this meet in Helsinki, Finland, struggled to a 10th-place finish Tuesday with a best leap of 21 feet, 2 3/4 inches.?? After soaring to 22-7 1/4 in 2005 and launching a professional career after only two years in college, today???s showing was a disappointing outcome for the ex-UT standout.
???It???s been a two-year build-up of stuff that???s gone wrong,??? said Madison, who switched coaches and moved to Los Angeles in 2006. ???It???s just one of those track & field lessons that you have to learn, but hate to have to learn it at the world championships. I just need to go back to the drawing board and figure out why it works instead of having to learn how to do it.???
On Wednesday, another former Lady Vol, Dee Dee Trotter, will be in action in the finals of the 400-meter dash, while three-time U.S. 1500-meter champion Treniere Clement, a pupil of Lady Vol Head Coach J.J. Clark, will hit the track for the prelims of the 1500 meters.