31 AUG 2003 General News

Interviews Men 4x400m Final

Gold MedallistUSA

"The race went well. I've had an injury on my knee the whole season, but I didn't want to talk about it before these championships. I still feel dead shocked about the 400m final. The time was so lousy. Now I'll stay out of football which seems to cause me a lot of trouble."

Jerome YOUNG
"It was a good race for me. The noise was incredible. I knew that guy (RAQUIL Marc) was going to come from behind. But I was well prepared and ready for that."

Silver Medallist - FRANCE

Stephane DIAGANA:
"We are a little disappointed. I understand Marc's (RAQUIL) sadness because he was extremely close to the American (YOUNG Jerome) at the end. But let's be honest, it is a great result and a new national record. The US guys are always tough to beat, but they knew we were going to be here and we were."

"I am sad but that's the way life goes. Stephane (DIAGANA) ran a wonderful leg. I'm happy for him with silver. We have nothing to regret after all, we gave it all."

 Naman KEITA
"It is a great moment of happiness. We believed all along we could get the gold but we're pleased with silver."

Bronze Medallist - JAMAICA

"It was a very good race. We were right up there, but the French made a huge effort in front of the home crowd. We didn't have any pressure competing but we also knew we had a chance to challenge those two. We were quite optimistic about it."

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