World championships: Harrison advances, Farah doubles up
MOSCOW (AP) -- American hurdler Queen Harrison speaks with conviction and runs with confidence.
Why expect anything less?
"I think my name definitely plays a part in my personality, makes me who I am," said Harrison, who won her first-round heat at the worlds championships on Friday. "With a name like Queen, you have to a certain level of self-assurance. You can't go into a room and say, `Hi my name is Queen,' and act all timid and shy and things like that. My name adds to who I am."
Her father has 23 kids, nine with her mother, and gave them powerful names. There's Princess, Graceful, King Master, Victory and Empress, to name a few.
"My large family makes me unique," said the 24-year-old Harrison, whose full name is Queen Quedith Earth Harrison. "Coming from a huge family, you take a little bit of personality from all those people you hang around with."
It also makes the holiday season festive. That's a lot of presents.
"We actually pick names out of the hat," Harrison said, laughing. "Saves money."
For years, Harrison has split her time between training for the 100 and 400 hurdles. This season, she decided to concentrate only on the 100, simply to lessen her workload.
"As I'm getting older and more mature, I want to see what will happen if I focus only on one, see how great I can be," she said. "I'm definitely not done with the 400. I'll be back in it next year. I just wanted to see what would happen."
Hardly a favorite in the stacked 100 hurdles at U.S. championships two months ago, Harrison finished runner-up to Brianna Rollins to earn a spot in Moscow.
All four of the Americans in the event advanced on Friday, with Rollins turning in the top time at 12.55 seconds.
"Felt good," said Harrison, who attended Virginia Tech. "It was early in the morning and I'm not much of a morning person."
She used to be.
Growing up, her father would wake the family up at 6 a.m. to go through an exercise routine that included jumping jacks, push-ups, sit-ups and jogs around the neighborhood.
Then they would deliver newspapers.
"It wasn't even foreign to me then, it's all I knew," said Harrison, an NCAA champion at Virginia Tech. "As I got older, I was like, `I guess everybody doesn't do this before they go to school in the morning."'
For the second straight year, Mo Farah did the double.
The British runner became only the second man to hold the 5,000 and 10,000-meter titles from both the Olympics and the world championships at the same time.
"It's amazing. There's not many athletes who have done that. Only the great Kenenisa Bekele, who has achieved so many things," said Farah, who defended his 5,000 title Friday at Luzhniki Stadium. "And to be able to achieve what he has achieved is just an honor."
Farah barely lost the 10,000 at the last worlds two years ago in South Korea, but rebounded to win the 5,000. Then, running at home at the London Olympics, Farah won both distance events.
Bekele is the only other man to have held both the Olympic and world 5,000 and 10,000 titles at the same time. The Ethiopian great won his Olympic titles at the 2008 Beijing Games and then repeated that feat at the 2009 worlds in Berlin.
On Friday, Farah broke away from the pack with about 600 meters to go and fended off challenges from Isaiah Koech of Kenya and Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia in the home straightaway. He won in 13 minutes, 26.98 seconds.
Going in to the last lap, Gebrhiwet and Koech were gaining on Farah. But the Briton stayed ahead and down the stretch produced the trademark kick that has made him the man to beat.
"I had a stitch from about eight laps to go and I was kind of pushing my stomach in, but then the pace slowed down and I tried to forget about it and come through," Farah said. "I enjoyed tonight and now I'm looking forward to a bit of time off and spending it with the family."
Gebrhiwet ended up with the silver in 13:27.26, one-thousandth of a second ahead of Koech, who was credited with the same time for bronze.
Two years ago, Farah was only seconds from his first long-distance double, but Ibrahim Jeilan of Ethiopia edged him at the line.
"I never thought in my career that I'd be able to achieve something like this," said Farah, who became Britain's most decorated track athlete with his fifth major title. "Anything is possible, I guess."
Triple jumper Will Claye has become the go-to guy with the electric clippers, turning his hotel room into a makeshift barber shop.
"I'll be in the room and hear a knock. They'll be like, `Can I get a haircut?"' said Claye, who easily made it out of qualifying on Friday along with teammate Christian Taylor. "I'll let them in and give them a haircut."
So far, Americans Justin Gatlin, Jeff Demps, Michael Tinsley and Tony McQuay have all stopped by.
Here's the best part: The haircuts are free.
Well, for teammates. Everyone else he charges a small price, even hanging a little sign outside his room.
Claye has been cutting hair almost as long as he's been jumping.
"I'm pretty good," he said with a shrug.
He has no plans to leap into a different career, though. He'll stick with jumping, especially after winning silver in the triple jump at the 2012 London Olympics along with bronze in the long jump.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica completed a sprint double Friday at the world championships, adding the 200-meter gold medal to her 100 title.
Three-time world champion Allyson Felix of the United States dropped to the track early in the race. She grabbed her right leg and did not finish.
Fraser-Pryce won in 22.17 seconds. Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast took the silver in 22.32. She was six thousandths of a second ahead of bronze medalist Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria.
Okagbare also finished second in the long jump and sixth in the 100.
Hurdler Ryan Wilson is going from competitor to coach.
Fresh off winning a silver medal in the 110-meter hurdles, Wilson will now root on Nia Ali in the 100 hurdles. He's been coaching Ali since November.
Ali advanced out of her heat on Friday.
"It's going really well so far," Wilson said. "I haven't really had a lot of the frustrations that I'm sure come with coaching. So far, it's going great. Nia has been wonderful with allowing me to remain as intense and committed to my training."
Now that's he's a coach, Wilson is realizing the hurdles are nerve-racking to watch.
"Easily, being a coach is more stressful," Wilson said.
Around the track
Bruno Hortelano-Roig is from Canada, attends Cornell University in New York and sprints for Spain. On Friday, he set a Spanish record in the 200 meters when he advanced with a time of 20.47 seconds. Hortelano was born with Spanish citizenship and lives in Burlington, Ontario. He's now a senior at Cornell majoring in biological engineering. ... The U.S. 4x400 relay team of Ashley Spencer, Jessica Beard, Joanna Atkins and Francena McCorory won its heat to advance to the final.
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