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Trotter, U.S. Women Cruise To 1600M Relay Final



OSAKA, Japan -- Former University of Tennessee standout Dee Dee Trotter aided the cause, as the U.S. women’s 4x400-meter relay team charted a world-leading time Saturday in the semifinal round at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships at Nagai Stadium.

After Russia had posted a world leader in heat one at 3:23.49, the American quartet of Trotter, Monique Hennagan, Mary Wineberg and Natasha Hastings did the Russians one better.  The U.S. tandem covered the distance in 3:23.37 to win heat two over Great Britain by more than two seconds.  The two countries, along with six others, will face off Sunday for the gold medal.

Joining the Americans and Russians will be Great Britain, Poland, Mexico, Belarus, Jamaica and Cuba.  Russia is the defending champion from 2005, while the U.S. last won in 2003.  That season, Trotter ran in the preliminary round, and Jearl Miles-Clark, wife of UT head coach J.J. Clark, ran in the final as the Americans struck gold.


 

 

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