Felix had hoped to run in Saturday night's 4�100 women's final. Instead, U.S. coaches elected to run the same four women--Angela Daigle, Muna Lee, Lisa Barber and 100-meter gold medalist Lauryn Williams--who had run clean and fast in the semifinal, rather than replacing Daigle with Felix. That foursome won the gold. "Of course, I was looking forward to running," said Felix, "but I wouldn't want to do anything to hurt the U.S. chances of winning the gold medal." (Felix might have better served the U.S. by running on the 4�400 relay team, which was DQ'd in the first round when leadoff runner Suziann Reid ran out of her lane; Felix has run faster than Reid this year.)
Jeremy Wariner encountered no such letdown. The 21-year-old 400-meter gold medalist from Athens had gone truly fast only once this year, at the U.S. championships in June, but he ran a silky final in Helsinki last Friday to beat teammate Andrew Rock in 43.93. Wariner joined his agent, world-record holder Michael Johnson, as the only runners since 1996 to have gone under 44 seconds. Two nights later Wariner closed the worlds by anchoring the gold medal 4�400-meter relay.
Throughout the week U.S. team officials decorated the American medalists' doors at the hotel, a nightly world championship tradition dating back to 1999. They hung crepe paper and pictures, and teammates signed big meet posters. Athletes shared a toast to their success, champagne for those 21 or older, bubbly fruit juice for those younger. No surprise: The Americans ran out of supplies and drinks long before the meet was over.