01 SEP 2007 General News

Flash Interviews: 4x400 metres relay men heats SUMMARY

BAHAMAS:
Christopher BROWN: Our plan was to win the heat. This relay team is a strong combination - young, hungry to run, a new generation. All our legs will intermatch and give the other a run. Hopefully, we nip the Americans on the finish line. That is what we are dreaming of.
I feel good right now.

JAMAICA:
Michael BLACKWOOD: The main goal today was to advance. Now, we hope to finish in the top three tomorrow. I don't know if the same team will be lined up. Maybe we'll have one change, I don't know yet.

GERMANY:
Bastian SWILLIMS: It was a decent race. I wanted to stay behind the guy from Trinidad and Tobago and control the race. But when the Polish runner passed me, I had to react - otherwise, it would have been too dangerous, I would have risked too much. Now, I can really show what I am capable because unfortunately I did not qualify for the semifinals [in the 400m] and therefore saved some energy. I am hot to run the final tomorrow. It will be awfully difficult to reach a medal. I guess there will be no changes in our legs.

USA:
Bershawn JACKSON: "It was my first run at all since my big disappointment in the hurdles. This relay is kind of satisfaction for me. I'm a hurdler and I'm excited to be part of this team. We will know by this evening who will run the final."

Angelo TAYLOR: "It was an simple task, just to get the stick around and qualify. We are great group of guys, maybe the strongest ever. Tomorrow we want to produce something fast. I was little tired after yesterday's final, but it was OK, I did not push at the end as you see from my 45.8 split. It is our tradition and we want to continue in it and win and if the world record comes even better."

Kerron CLEMENT: "I feel privileged to be in this team. Actually we have been three here with hurdles background. Whoever runs the final, we want to win. I got great treatment from our team so I felt well after my hurdles win here."