Two former Lady Vols in finals

OSAKA, Japan - Former University of Tennessee Lady Vol standouts went two-for-two Monday in earning spots in the finals of their respective events at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships at Nagai Stadium.

In her first action of the meet, Tianna Madison earned the 12th and final spot in Tuesday's long jump final. The defending world champion stretched the tape measure to 21 feet, 7 1/2 inches on her second attempt to advance by the narrowest of margins.

At the conclusion of her sophomore season at UT, in which she swept both the SEC and NCAA Indoor and Outdoor titles in the long jump, Madison was victorious at the 2005 World Championships with a leap of 22-7 1/4.

"It feels good to get the last spot in the finals," Madison said. "I've got to work on getting height and extending the landing in my jump at the same time in the finals. I was getting height on one jump and getting extension on the other."

Dee Dee Trotter, the 2007 U.S. Outdoor champion, moved on to Wednesday's 400-meter run final. The American's 50.31 readout was good for third in heat two and put her in the company of Mary Wineberg (2nd, ht. 3, 50.27) as U.S. representatives in the quest for gold in the quarter.

Trotter was an NCAA Outdoor champion at UT in 2004 before making the U.S. Olympic Team and winning a gold medal with the 4x400m relay team.

"There was some good and some bad," Trotter said of her race. "The good part is that I did run 50.31, which is the fastest time I've run since USAs. I'm excited about the race, though my place put me in a slight predicament for getting through the qualifying round.

"But, I made it through and that gives me the opportunity to know that I'll run much faster in the final no matter what lane I get."

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