Archive for the ‘2005’ Category

World Express sends four athletes to World Championships

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

Boone-Smith runs 2nd fastest time in the world, Brown ranked 8th in the world

World Express Athletic Management announces that four of it’s athletes will be competing in the 10th IAAF World T&F Championships scheduled for August 6 -14th in Helsinki Finland. Rachelle Boone-Smith and Joel Brown will be representing the United States in the women’s 200m, 4x100m relay and men’s 110m hurdles. Moise Joseph will represent his native land of Haiti competing in the men’s 800m run and Puerto Rican native David Freeman will be competing in the 1500m run.

Rachelle Boone-Smith produced career breakthrough performances at this weekend’s U.S. T&F Championships. In the semifinals of the 100m event, Smith ran :11.02w and later placed 4th in the final to earn a spot on the 4x100m relay team. Later that weekend, Smith booked her ticket to Finland by barely losing to Olympian Alyson Felix in the 200m event. Her time of :22.22 ranks 2nd in the world only to Felix’s winning time. Joel Brown placed 4th in the fastest men’s 110m hurdle race in U.S. history. His time of :13.28 is a career best and ranks him 8th in the world.

For more information on the World Outdoor Championships, please go to http://www.iaaf.org

Johnson wins blazing hurdles race

Saturday, June 25th, 2005

Four-time world champion Allen Johnson won one of the greatest 110-meter hurdles races in history, leading the way for an amazing American contingent for Helsinki that ran the three fastest times of 2005 in Friday’s final.

Two-time Olympic silver medalist Terrence Trammell got out to a great start, with Johnson and Dominique Arnold – second to Johnson at the Reebok Grand Prix June 11 – moving well in the last half of the race.

The 34-year-old Johnson crossed the line in 12.99 seconds, his fastest time since 2003 and the fastest in the world in 2005, to win his seventh U.S. outdoor title. Arnold was just .02 behind, in a personal-best 13.01, while Trammell also had a personal-best 13.02 to post the fastest third-place time in hurdling history. Joel Brown was fourth in 13.28 (Career Best) and also will be on the team for worlds, since Johnson as defending champion has an automatic berth into the world championships.

Men 110 Meter Hurdles Open

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       World: W 12.91  8/20/1993   Collin Jackson/Xiang Liu, GBR/CHN
    American: A 12.92  8/16/1989   Roger Kingdom / Allen Johnson - 8/
    Name                    Year Team                    Finals  Wind
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Finals

  1 Allen Johnson                Nike                     12.99   0.2

  2 Dominique Arnold             Nike                     13.01   0.2

  3 Terrence Trammell            Mizuno                   13.02   0.2

  4 Joel Brown                   Nike                     13.28   0.2

  5 David Payne                  Unattached               13.33   0.2

  6 Antwon Hicks                 Unattached               13.35   0.2

  7 Aries Merritt                Tennessee                13.39   0.2

  8 David Oliver                 Ehi                      13.46   0.2

  9 Ron Bramlett                 Nike                     13.58   0.2

Freeman Runs Seasonal Best in Bilbao Spain

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

On Saturday June 18th, World Express middle distance runner David Freeman (Puerto Rico) ran a seasonal best time in the 1500m race at the V Reuni?n Internacional de Atletismo “Villa de Bilbao” in Spain. Freeman, fresh off his victory at the Puerto Rican National T&F Championships, flew to Spain to compete in this international event. His time of 3:43.28 was good for second place but an improvement over his recent results. Freeman is scheduled next to compete in the city of Zaragoza (Spain) in the II Reuni?n Internacional “Gobierno de Arag?n” track meet.

U.S. athletes Joel Brown and Rachelle Boone-Smith are preparing for the USA T&F Outdoor Championships scheduled for June 23rd – 26th in Carson City, Ca. Further details, schedule and Television coverage can be found at http://www.usatf.org

Moise Joseph Sets Haitian National Record for 1000m event

Sunday, June 12th, 2005

Rachelle Boone-Smith places 2nd in Paris

This weekend in NYC at the Reebok Grand Prix, Moise Joseph set a Haitian national record in the 1000m run with a tie for 3rd place finishing in 2:19.06. Coming through 800 meters in 1:51, Joseph blazed the last 200 meters kicking past 3-4 runners including U.S. Olympians Alan Webb, Charlie Gruber and Rob Myers. The meet was held at the new Ichan Stadium on Randall’s Island and televised nationally. Joseph now travels to Canada to race in the Harry Jerome Classic in Vancouver. He will run his specialty, the 800m run and then travel to Abbottsford for another 800m competition.

In Paris France, Rachelle Boone-Smith battled cold & windy conditions to record a second place finish in the women’s 100m race (:11.32). Though not as fast as her previous season’s performances, Boone ran well into a headwind and hit the tape at the same time as Belgium’s Kim Gevaert who was named the eventual winner. An event recap and meet review can be found at: http://www.iaaf.org/GP05/news/Kind=2/newsId=29742.html

WORLD EXPRESS TRACK ATHLETES COMPETE WORLDWIDE

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

Boone-Smith goes to France, Joseph in the Big Apple and Freeman travels to Canada

World Express agent Mark Pryor confirmed that the 2nd weekend in June will be busy for his athletes. World-ranked US sprinter Rachelle Boone-Smith is traveling to Paris France to compete in the Lille Metropole Grand Prix Meeting. The meet is scheduled for Sunday June 12th where Boone will be running the women’s 100m event. Boone will occupy a lane next to France’s Christine Arron and Belgium’s Kim Gevaert. Currently, Boone is ranked 9th in the world in the 100m with a career & season best of :11.21. Her time of :22.53 for 200m is ranked 5th in the world. This will be her last competition as she will return home to prepare for the USA T&F Championships scheduled for June 23-26th in Carson City, Ca. Meet schedule, start list and further info regarding the Lille Metrople meet can be found at: http://www.meetinglillemetropole.com

Haitian 800m runner Moise Joseph hopes that his second trip to New York City is more successful than his first trip earlier this winter. In February, Joseph traveled to the Big Apple to compete in the Millrose Games as his professional T&F debut. He hopes the results will be different as he competes in the Reebok Grand Prix at the new Ichan Stadium in the Men’s 1000m event against American middle distance aces Alan Webb, David Krummenaker and 2004 US Indoor mile champion Rob Meyers. So far this season, Joseph as produced a 1:46 clocking at the Payton Jordan GP-II meeting in May.

Former Kentucky All-American David Freeman hopes to get his season back on track after opening the season with a 3:44 clocking at Mt. Sac then sustaining a slight hamstring injury that prevented him from competing at the Payton Jordan US Open at Stanford Univ. Freeman will be competing in his native country’s (Puerto Rico) national championships in the 800m & 1500m events and then fly to Canada for the Harry Jerome Track Classic in Vancouver for a fast 1500m event. Meet schedule, start list and further details can be found at: http://www.harryjerome.com

Joel Brown Places 4th at Pre, Moise Joseph Confirmed for Reebok Grand Prix

Monday, June 6th, 2005

At the PreFontaine Classic this weekend in Eugene Oregon, US Indoor hurdle champion Joel Brown placed 4th with a time of :13.52. Though it was not his best time this season, Brown beat a host of the USA’s best hurdlers who are considered the best in the world. Brown’s finish places him squarely in the running for a spot on the USA’s World Championship team. Normally, the top 3 finishers at the US Championships qualify for the World Championships this August in Helsinki Finland but because the USA’s Allen Johnson is the defending champion; he is given an automatic wild card entry. Thus, if Johnson finishes within the top 3 at the US Championships, the 4th place finisher will qualify for the World Championships.

World Express confirmed today that 800m runner Moise Joseph will be competing in the Reebok Grand Prix meet held in NYC on Saturday, June 11th at the new Ihcan Stadium. Joseph will compete in the Men’s 1000m event against World Indoor Champion David Krummenaker and 2004 US Olympian Derrick Peterson. Joseph competed against these world-class middle distance runners two weekends ago at the Payton Jordan Open in the 800m event, leading for 700 meters before relinquishing the lead to Krummenaker but defeating Peterson with a seasonal best of 1:46.96.

The Reebok Grand Prix track & field event will be televised on NBC SPORTS LIVE at 4:00p.m. to 5:30p.m. EST. For more information, visit the website http://www.reebokgrandprix.com

Joel Brown Scheduled to Run in PreFontaine Classic

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

World Express Athletic Mgmt. has confirmed the participation of US Indoor hurdle champion Joel Brown in this weekend’s Men’s 110m hurdle event at the Prefontaine Classic held at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Brown, will be competing against the world’s best hurdlers which include 2004 Athens Olympic Champion and co-world record holder Liu Xing of China. 6-time World Champion, 2000 Olympic Champion and US record holder Allen Johnson will also be competing as is 2-time Olympic Silver medalist Terrance Trammell from the US. All three of those athletes currently hold the six best times in the world. This will be a huge test for Brown who is ranked 21st in the world and looking to establish himself among the multitude of talented hurdlers from the US.

This track & field event is staged to commemorate the life and accomplishments of famed US distance runner Steve Prefontaine. The event will be televised on Sunday, June 5th from 2:00 – 4:00pm on NBC. For more information, please visit http://www.preclassic.com

WORLD EXPRESS ATHLETES FEATURED AT PAYTON JORDAN U.S. OPEN

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

This Memorial Day will be memorable for World Express Athletic Management. Four featured World Express athletes will be competing at the Payton Jordan US Open GP-II Track & Field meet scheduled for Monday, May 30th in Palo Alto California on the campus of Stanford University. This track meet will be televised on ESPN2 on May 30th at 10:00pm eastern standard time.

Scheduled to compete from World Express will be the 2005 US Indoor 60m hurdle champion Joel Brown. Baltimore, MD. native Brown recently returned from a 3-meet tour in Brazil with a seasonal best of :13.44 and eager to prove his metal against some of the best hurdlers in the US. Sprinter Rachelle Boone-Smith (Norfolk, Va.) is also eager to prove that she belongs among the best sprinters in the world. She has produced career best this May in both the 100m (:11.21) and 200m (:22.53) events. Those times rank her 8th and 5th respectively on the IAAF World listing. 2004 Olympian Moise Joseph will be representing Haiti and looking for a world ranking performance in the Men’s 800m run against fellow US Olympian Derrick Peterson and World Indoor Champion David Krummenaker. Joesph’s training mate David Freeman will be competing in the Men’s 1500m run for Puerto Rico.

BOONE-SMITH DEFEATS 400M OLYMPIC CHAMPION

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

USA sprinter Rachelle Boone-Smith earned a double victory in the 100m and 200m events at the Galatletica Banamex meeting in Hermosillo Mexico on Saturday. In the 200m race, Boone-Smith handily beat 2004 Olympic 400 meter champion Tonique Williams-Darling with the second best time in the world (:22.53). In the 100m dash, Boone-Smith defeated another Olympic Champion, Savetheda Fynes from the Bahamas with a time of :11.31. Both performances were recorded with legal wind readings.

Earlier this spring, Boone-Smith recorded an :11:21 in the 100m which is a career best and ranks her 7th on the IAAF World list. The :22.53 clocking in Hermosillo is a career best for Boone-Smith and ranks her 3rd on the IAAF World list.

Rachelle Boone-Smith placed 6th in the 200m event at the 2004 US Olympic Trials (:22.69). She was ranked 7th in the U.S. by T&F News in the 200m event and competed in the 2003 World Indoor T&F Championships in Budapest Hungary.

Boone-Smith?s next race will be May 30th at the Payton Jordan US Open in Palo Alto, Ca. The Payton Jordan Open is part of the VISA Championships Series in conjunction with USA Track & Field. She is also confirmed for the 2005 Golden Spike in Ostrava Czech Republic and Meeting Lille Metropole in France.

MOISE JOSPEH RUNS TUNE-UP MEET IN FLORIDA

Sunday, May 22nd, 2005

Moise Joseph runs tune-up meet in Florida. His time of 1:48.32 is a seasonal best and speaks well for his fitness and training. Joseph’s next race will be the Payton Jordan US Open on May 30th in Palo Alto, Ca. against some of the US best middle distance runners. This meet is part of the VISA Championship Series.

Moise Joseph has already been named to Haiti’s Outdoor World T&F Championship team in the Men’s 800 m event that will compete in Helsinki Finland from August 6-14th.