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BEIJING---A gold medal could make a tough
trip to Beijing a little bit better for Sanya
It s a story she s all too familiar with.
Back at the Bird s Nest seven years after a
huge disappointment left her crying under
the stands, the American has a chance to once
again lead the 4x400-metre relay team to a
victory Sunday on the final day of the world
That relay win at the Beijing Olympics made
her bronze medal in the 400 metres a little
easier to stomach. This time, though, she
didn t even get a chance to race the 400. After
failing to qualify at nationals, the 2012 Olympic
champion had to watch as teammate Allyson
Felix won the title.
Richards-Ross will team with Felix in the
relay. Felix led the 4x100 team to a silver medal
on Saturday, bringing her total to 12 overall
at the worlds, which is two shy of Jamaican
runner Merlene Ottey s record for women.
However, Felix has more gold--- nine to
Ottey s three.
No chance of Felix skipping the final relay
event, either, no matter how tired she may
"It s just the tradition to close out the meet,"
Felix said. "I m used to doing it."
LaShawn Merritt will guide the Americans
into the men s 4x400 relay, where they are
big favorites after turning in the top qualifying
That was with Merritt sitting out to conserve
his energy, too.
The 30-year-old Richards-Ross has been
waiting around the hotel for two weeks for
her chance to take the stage. She said after
her portion of the relay---the US had the top
qualifying time---that she felt good, but emo-
tionally she was "anxious, drained." The day
of the 400 final was especially difficult for
her.Sure, she was proud of Felix, who skipped
the 200 to concentrate on the 400, just dis-
appointed she wasn t in the field.
"I kind of cried a little bit," she said.
This place doesn t exactly hold the best of
memories for Richards-Ross. She was the
overwhelming favorite in 2008, only to fade
at the finish and wind up with bronze.
"I always say if there s one race I could have
back in my career, it would be the 2008 final
here," Richards-Ross said. "I was ready to win
that race. I was really disappointed I won the
She rebounded, though, surging past a Russ-
ian sprinter at the end of the 4x400 race. She
emphatically pumped the hand that clutched
"I can t tell you how many Americans come
up to me and remember that moment,"
Richards-Ross said. "That s a real honor."
Here are some things to know about Day
9 of the world championships:
Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia had a few days
off to recover following her win in the 1,500
meters. Now, she goes after the 5,000 title.
Her teammate and rival, Almaz Ayana, will
be fresh. Ayana has the top time in the world
GOING THE DISTANCE
Edna Kiplagat of Kenya attempts to become
the first person to win three straight world
marathon titles. She s run one marathon this
season, finishing 11th in London. To maximize
her training, Kiplagat divides her time between
Boulder, Colorado, and Iten, Kenya.
The Bird s Nest seems to suit Kenyan 1,500-
meter runner Asbel Kiprop, the Olympic gold
medalist in 2008. He s the favourite over a
field that includes Taoufik Makhloufi. The
Algerian runner captured the Olympic title in
There have been five different high jump
winners at Diamond League meets this season.
Meaning, this will be a wide-open competition.
Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar has cleared the
top height in 2015.
NAME THAT TUNE
Here s an interesting tidbit from Czech
Republic javelin thrower Barbora Spotakova s
bio: She likes to sing karaoke. There s also
this: Spotakova has held the world record of
72.28 meters since 2008. (AP)
Richards-Ross looks to lead US to gold
Allyson Felix of the United States, left, takes the baton from English Gardner during a women's 4x100m relay round one at the World Athletics
Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, yesterday. AP PHOTO
WORLD ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015
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