Miles Smith Leaves For the World Championships
July 30, 2005
Cape Girardeau, Mo. - Southeast Missouri State University All-American track performer Miles Smith (St. Louis, Mo./Riverview Gardens) and Southeast coach Joey Haines will depart on Sunday, July 31, for Helsinki, Finland and the IAAF World Championships. Smith will run on the USA 4 X 400-meter relay team.
"I'm ready and can't wait to get to the World Championships," Smith said before he left Cape Girardeau on Saturday. "I'm really anxious to be in a different atmosphere and to see another part of the world. I will work out daily with Coach Haines and will have team meetings and other responsibilities with Team USA.
"We will all be staying in the team village that is similar to what you would have at the Olympic games," he said. "I just want to run fast in the preliminaries so I will get a spot in the finals."
Smith will run the preliminary round on Saturday, August 13, with the finals slated for Sunday, August 14.
"I'm excited about attending the World Championships and to have the opportunity to train Miles right up until the event on August 13" Haines said. "It is the dream of every coach to have an athlete represent the United States in a world competition and to see him wear that USA shirt. Along with the Olympics, this is the ultimate goal of any track athlete."
Haines will be attending his first World Championship, but has attended two Olympic games. "I still have the stop watch that I used to time Michael Johnson's 400-meters at the Atlanta Olympics. I clicked the watch at 43.26 and that is what it still reads. I haven't changed it.
"I was just a spectator at the Olympic games and although I'll be a spectator at Helsinki, I will have complete control of all of Miles workouts while he is in Helsinki. He has been training well and I think he is ready to run a split in the 44's."
Smith and Haines will have a long eight hour flight to Helsinki. There is an eight hour time difference with the United States and so Smith's first round race at 7:30 p.m. Helsinki time on Saturday, August 13, will be at 11:30 a.m. in the United States.
The World Championships begin on August 6 and can be seen live on the internet.
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In addition to the live feed, subscribers also will be able to view archived footage of each day's Webcast one hour after the conclusion of the day's coverage at wcsn.com. WCSN also will provide subscribers archived access, after midnight, to the one-hour highlight show that will be telecast each day on the PAX cable network.