July 08, 2008 03:01 ET

ASICS' Athletes Set to Go to Beijing

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - July 8, 2008) - With the completion of the U.S. Track and Field Trials, ASICS is proud to announce eight of its athletes will be going to the Summer Games in Beijing in August 2008. Marathon Runners Ryan Hall and Deena Kastor will be joined by Hurdler Lolo Jones, Discus Thrower Suzy Powell-Roos, High Jumpers Amy Acuff and Sharon Day, Heptathlete Diana Pickler, and Triathlete Julie Swail.

Ryan Hall broke the Men's U.S. Marathon Trial record on November 3, 2007 in New York City's Central Park making him part of the Men's U.S. Marathon Team. Hall broke away at mile 16, running the second half in 1:02:45 to cross the finish line in a stunning 2:09:02. After this win, Hall ran the London Marathon for the second straight year and ran a new personal best of 2:06.17, the fastest time ever run by an American-born marathoner.

Deena Kastor won the Women's U.S. Marathon Trial on April 20, 2008 in Boston, Mass. earning her a spot at the Summer Games. Kastor, a bronze medalist at the 2004 Athens Games, erased a gap of almost two minutes to pass leader Magdalena Lewy Boulet in the last three miles of the Trial, crossing the finish line in 2:29.35. This will be Kastor's third Olympic appearance, competing previously in Sydney (2000) - 10,000m and Athens (2004) - Marathon.

At the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials - Track and Field, 100m Hurdler Lolo Jones won the event by an astonishing .29 seconds with a time of 12:29. This was the second fastest time in any condition, earning her a trip to the Games where she is favored to win the gold medal in Beijing.

In the Discus Throw, American record holder Suzy Powell-Roos threw the discus 62.92m/206-5 on her final attempt to finish in second place and will be competing in her third Summer Games. Her previous appearances were in Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000).

Amy Acuff and Sharon Day qualified for Beijing after a second and third finish respectively in the Women's High Jump. This will be Acuff's fourth Olympic team competing previously in Atlanta (1996), Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004), where she finished fourth amongst the world's elite. Acuff cleared 1.79m, 1.84m, 1.89m, 1.91m, and 1.93m on her first attempt to qualify for the U.S. Team. Day continued a remarkable season where over the past six weeks she has won three events at the Big West Conference Championships, placed second at the NCAA Championships, and joined ASICS as its newest Elite Team member. Day cleared 1.79m, 1.84m on her first attempt and needed two attempts to clear 1.89m and 1.91m to finish in third place.

Washington State graduate and four-time All-American Heptathlete, Diana Pickler finished third in the Women's Heptathlon with a new personal best score of 6257 points. Pickler's second place finish in the final event of the Heptathlon, a new personal best of 2:16:59 for the 800m, secured her a spot on the U.S. Team for the 2008 Games.

Also joining the Track and Field athletes in Beijing will be Triathlete Julie Swail. This is Swail's second trip to the Games after winning a silver medal for the American Water Polo team at the 2000 Games in Sydney. This time Swail will be competing in an individual sport as a Triathlete.

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