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Medals to be Awarded in 7 Events at Paris Athletics Championships - 2003-08-26

Wednesday's action begins with the longest event of the 2003 World Athletics Championships, as the men compete in the 50 kilometer walk. But medals will also be handed out in six other events.

The men are traveling the streets of Paris and St. Denis Wednesday morning in as they compete in the 50 kilometer walk, an event that usually takes close to four hours to complete.

The women will be seeking gold in the shot put, 400 meters, and the 100 meter hurdles. Gail Devers, who failed to medal in the 100 meter sprint will give Team USA its best chance of the day to reach the podium as she competes in the hurdles. She finished first in her heats Monday night, but nearing the age of 37, Devers has become almost philosophical about running in different events.

"I am actually not even thinking about," she said. "I'm just, whatever race I'm in, I get in the box and see what happens. If there is a hurdle I take it, if not it is flat, I guess."

The men will also go for the gold in the 1,500 meters, while blind athletes will be awarded medals in the men's 400 meters and the women's 200.