The 2003 World Athletics Championships in France have ended with gold medals being handed out in nine different events. Day-Nine was exciting for American runners.
Team USA continued its domination in the sprint events, capturing gold in the men's 4x100 meter relay, and both the men's and women's 4x400 meter relays.
In the 4x100, the U.S. was in third place heading into the final leg, but anchor J.J. Johnson blew by the leaders to take the gold medal in 38.06 seconds. He talked about running from behind, saying "my thoughts were to stay calm, stay composed, and I stayed relaxed. These guys were depending on me so I had to give [the victory] to them."
In the women's 4x400, American Sanya Richards was even with the favored Russian quartet as she started her anchor leg. "I was excited that the other three legs did their part, and when I saw Jearl [Miles-Clark] coming in really strong, I just wanted to take her out the best I could. And then when I saw the Russian fumbling [the baton exchange] I just took the lead and said, if they are going to get it, they are going to have to get me from behind," she said.
But no one could catch her, as the U.S. took the gold in 3::22.63 seconds.
Jerome Young anchored the American 400-relay team to victory in 2:58.88 seconds, holding off a determined charge from the French anchor.
Other gold medals on the final day went to Hestrie Cloete of South Africa in the women's high jump (2.06 m), Russia's Tatyana Tomashova in the women's 1,500 meters (3:58.52) and Djabir Guerni-Said of Algeria in the men's 800 (1:44.81).
Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya won the championship in the men's 5,000 meters (12:52.79), while Sergey Makarov of Russia took men's javelin gold (85.44 m) and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya won the women's marathon (2:23:55).