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Athletics Championships Day 2: Qualifying for Men's Discus, Women's Heptathlon Long Jump - 2003-08-24

Three medal events and more qualifying highlight the second day of the 2003 World Athletics Championships at the Stade de France, as the athletes give their all in 14 different disciplines.

Athletes are going for the gold, morning and night, on the second day of the championships.

There was gold for Yelena Nikolayeva as she won the women's 20-kilometer walk in a time of one hour, 26 minutes and 52 seconds, edging Irish silver medalist Gillian O'Sullivan by 42 seconds. Valentina Tsybulskaya of Belarus took the bronze.

Qualifying competition is continuing in the men's discus, and women's heptathlon long jump, 400 meters and 400-meter hurdles, javelin throw and 800 meters.

The women are also trying to make the grade in the triple jump, 800- and 100 meters. American 100-meter sprinter Kelli White said she expects a lot of competition in the semi-finals.

"I think it is even more competitive because we are now fighting for lanes in the final in the next round, so it is going to be a step up," she said.

The men are competing in the 100- and 400-meter sprint heats and semifinals. Closing out Day Two, medals will be awarded in the men's 10,000 meters and the women's 100-meter sprint.