Terrence Trammell was last out of the starting blocks, Anjanette Kirkland was first. It made no difference.
Trammell, the former University of South Carolina star, and Kirkland gave the United States a sweep of the men's and women's 60-meter hurdles Friday at the World Indoor Championships in Lisbon, Portugal.
The Americans, the leading gold medalists coming into the eighth championships with 36, added another when John Godina led a 1-2 U.S. finish in the men's shot put.
However, Stacy Dragila, winner of the first women's pole vault competition at the world indoors, the world outdoors and the Olympics, failed to medal. The highly favored world indoor and outdoor record-holder finished an uncharacteristic fourth.
Trammell, the Olympic silver medalist in the 110-meter hurdles and the world leader this year in the 60 hurdles, was inspired by Kirkland's upset victory 20 minutes before his race.
"I didn't want her to be the only hurdler in America to bring home the gold," Trammell said after winning in 7.51 seconds. "She helped spark me. She was an inspiration."
ROAD RACING: The Augusta Striders and the Aiken Running Club have developed a CSRA Grand Prix Running Series to promote area road races.
The Grand Prix series will highlight local area races and will be a competition between the two clubs.
Twelve races have been designated for this year's series, beginning with today's two-mile and 10-mile races in the Triple Crown Road at Odell Weeks Recreation Center in Aiken.
In the Grand Prix series, points will be awarded to each club based on the participation and performance of the club's members. Points will be accumulated for the entire year and the club with the most points will take possession of a revolving trophy.
In addition to the two-mile and 10-mile races for all ages in Aiken today, there will be a Tot Trot for children 5-and-under; the 1/2-mile for children 8-and-under, and the one-mile fun run for children 16-and-under.
Other scheduled Grand Prix Running Series races will be the 5K Paws for Cancer in Aiken on April 28; the 5K Beat the Heat in Aiken on June 2; the John Deere River Run in Augusta on Sept. 29; and the Cedar Creek 5K on Nov. 18.
Dates are to be determined for the East District 5K in Augusta, the CAPP Sun Run 5K in Aiken; the Bolivia 5K in North Augusta; the Whiskey Road 10K and two-mile in Aiken and the 10K Broad Street Ramble, YMCA 5K and the Pinch Gut Puffer, all in Augusta.
BMX CYCLING: The Augusta BMX Club's opening races will be held today, beginning at 5:30 and 7 p.m., at the BMX track on Milledge Road across from Lake Olmstead.
All local race fees are $8. Spectators are admitted free.
Among the competitors will be Oliver Newman, 13, who is ranked 10th in the country in his age group, and Brandon Tinker, ranked No. 1 for the 16-year age group.
ARENA FOOTBALL: Individual tickets for the Augusta Stallions 2001 season are on sale at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center box office or through Ticketmaster at (706) 828-7700.
Ticket prices for the Stallions' eight home games are $7.50 to $30.50.
The Stallions open the arenafootball2 season March 31 against the Norfolk Nighthawks at the civic center.
AUTO RACING: The International Motorsports Hall of Fame & Museum in Talladega, Ala., opened a new exhibit honoring the late Dale Earnhardt on Friday.
The Earnhardt Gallery features a collection of pictures and memorabilia relating to the seven-time Winston Cup champion, who died in a last-lap crash at the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18.
The exhibit includes baby pictures, family pictures and other rarely seen photos of Earnhardt, as well as three paintings from artist Sam Bass. A video presentation depicting each of Earnhardt's 76 Winston Cup wins is in the works.
The gallery is housed in a converted movie theater.
HORSE RACING: Running in his first race as a 4-year-old, Dogwood Stable's Trippi finished second in the $200,000, Grade II, Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Sprint Championship, despite an injury he sustained shortly after leaving the gate.
Ridden by Jerry Bailey, Trippi stumbled out of the gate but quickly get in stride to chase Hook and Ladder to the wire in the seven-furlong race.
As a 3-year-old, Trippi won seven of 10 starts in 2000, collecting $620,500.