Cantwell, Campbell win Visa Championship Series titles at 2010 USA Indoor Championships
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Christian Cantwell and Amber Campbell won the respective men's and women's 2010 Indoor Visa Championship Series titles on the final day of the 2010 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M.
The USA Indoor Championships are the third and final event of USA Track & Field's 2010 Indoor Visa Championship Series. Top finishing athletes at the championships earn the opportunity to compete at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, March 12-14, in Doha, Qatar.
The Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau, along with the New Mexico Sports Authority, the University of New Mexico and USATF New Mexico, are the official hosts for the championships, which will also be held in Albuquerque in 2011 and 2012. For the second consecutive day, Albuquerque filled the Convention Center with a sell-out crowd, with 3,150 fans on hand to watch the action.
Cantwell continues winning ways in Visa Men's Shot Put
2009 World Outdoor men's shot put champion Christian Cantwell, who entered the 2010 season ranked #1 in the world by Track & Field News, won his fourth USA Indoor title with a best throw of 21.13 meters/69 feet 4 inches.
Cantwell, who owns four of the top six throws in the world this indoor season, finished ahead of 2009 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor champion Ryan Whiting, who finished second with a best throw of 21.03m/69-0, with 2009 USA Indoor Championships fourth-place finisher Cory Martin finishing third in 20.60m/67-7.
The 2007 Indoor Visa champion, Cantwell won the men's Visa Championship Series title and a $30,000 bonus from Visa by the narrowest of margins over two-time indoor Visa Champion Terrence Trammell. Cantwell tallied 1,238 points for the win with Trammell finishing as the runner-up with 1,238 points ($15,000) and Bernard Lagat finished third with 1,219 points ($5,000).
Campbell wins Visa Champion title and $30,000
2008 Olympian and former New Mexico resident Amber Campbell truly enjoyed her homecoming by dominating the field in the women's 20-lb. weight throw on Saturday and ending up with the women's Visa Championship Series title on Sunday.
Campbell ended the suspense Saturday on her first throw, which sailed to 24.70 meters/81 feet 0.50 inch, which is the third-farthest throw ever in history and gave her a fourth consecutive U.S. Indoor title.
Campbell's performance gave her the lead in the Women's Indoor Visa Championship Series with 1,213 points, and it held up through Sunday as Campbell was awarded her winner's bonus of $30,000 from Visa.
Finishing as the runner-up was sprinter Carmelita Jeter, who fell just one point short of Campbell's winning tally. Jeter, who earned $15,000 for her efforts, finished just ahead of third place Visa Championship Series finisher Debbie Dunn, $5,000 (1,212 and 1,200 respectfully).