Tianna Madison couldn't be happier.
And it doesn't have to do with long jump, but rather her performance on the track.
The former Elyria High standout was still excited almost 48 hours after her third-place finish in the women's 100 meters on Friday at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Drake University. Madison (11.43) finished behind Allyson Felix (11.27) and LaShaunte' Moore (11.34).
"Pleased? I was shocked," Madison said Sunday, laughing. "The only thing we've been working on in practice was how to run the race. We weren't even working on speed endurance. It was like we were only working on the strategic breakdown. I wasn't expecting that a simple routine and execution of the race would propel me forward like that.
"Last year, I barely made the semifinals. From the first round, I was pleased with how I executed the race."
Madison scratched from Saturday's long jump, citing discomfort in her knee.
That wasn't the only reason.
Madison was only a provisional qualifier, and her status for long jump was up in the air until June 23, the first day of the championships.
"So my coach (Brook Johnson) and I shifted our focus exclusively on the 100," said Madison, the former world champion in the long jump. "He could have appealed it, but it could have been denied anyway."
When Madison and Johnson arrived in Des Moines, Iowa, they were told she was eligible to jump.
"I hadn't worked on my long jump for a week, so I didn't feel that good about it - going and jumping - because I hadn't had the chance to fine-tune anything," said Madison. "We decided I would jump only if I made a complete fool of myself in the 100, kind of as a safety net since I was meeting my new sponsor for the first time."
Madison is particularly performance-conscious, because she has a new major sponsor as of June 1 - Saucony. She wanted to put on a good show.
Madison was without a major sponsor since her contract with Nike expired Dec. 31. She had been with Nike since February 2006.
Madison had her best day on the track in four years. It was her best performance since taking second in long jump at the 2006 World Indoor Championships.
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