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US Wins Gold Medal at World Athletics Championships - 2001-08-05

The United States has won its first gold medal of the 8th World Athletics championships in Edmonton, Canada. Shot putter John Godina took home his third world title with only one throw.

American John Godina needed only one throw to win the gold medal at the World Championships. The gold medal toss covered 21m 87 in Godina's first attempt.

American Adam Nelson, the Olympic bronze medallist from the Sydney games, took the silver medal Saturday, with a toss of 21m 24. Olympic champion Arsi Harju of Finland finished third.

Godina says winning his third world championship is very satisfying because of the competition he had to overcome. "This one's the best," he said. " It's definitely the top one just because of the hard time I had last year and towards the end of the year before. It's just great to come back and be on top again."

In the men's 20-kilometer walk, Roman Rasskazov led a Russian sweep of the medals, finishing in 1:20:31. Former champion Ilya Markov won the silver medal. The bronze went to Russia's Viktor Burayev.