Wrestler Jesse Jantzen is third in USOC Athlete of Month voting for AugustCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The U.S. Olympic Committee today named track & field's Lauryn Williams and Justin Gatlin as its August Athletes of the Month. The USOC Team of the Month honor was awarded to badminton's Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan.
Wrestler Jesse Jantzen (Brookline, Mass./New York AC) finished third in the vote for male athletes. Jantzen won the title in the 66 kg/145.5 lbs. weight class after dominating Kelaxsaev Berding of Russia in the gold-medal finals at the 2005 World University Games Aug. 13 in Izmir. Jantzen became only the third U.S. wrestler in history to win a gold medal at the Universiade.
In the first period against Berding, Jantzen scored two takedowns for a 2-0 lead. He then padded his advantage with a two-point turn. In the second period, Jantzen again scored two takedowns, both in the first half of the period. Jantzen did not lose a single period in this year's World University Games and shut out his opponents in seven of the 10 periods overall.
Jantzen was a NCAA champion for Harvard Univ. He was the first four-time state high school champion in New York history competing for Shoreham-Wading River High School.
Men's winner Gatlin (Raleigh, N.C.) won the 100m and 200m titles at the 2005 World Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Gatlin ran 9.88 seconds and 20.04 seconds to become the first man to win both the 100m and 200m, respectively, at the event since Maurice Greene in 1999. Gatlin's winning margin of .17 seconds in the 100m was the largest in meet history. Later in the month, Gatlin continued his winning ways with a convincing victory in the men's 100m in 10.14 seconds at the Weltklasse Golden League meet in Zurich, Switzerland. Gatlin extended his domination of the 100m event with a win in 9.99 seconds at the Memorial Van Damme IAAF Golden League meet in Brussels, Belgium.
Second place in the men's ballot went to swimmer Eric Shanteau (Lilburn, Ga.). Shanteau became the first American to sweep the individual medley events at the World University Games. At Izmir, Shanteau captured the gold in both the 200m and 400m IM, setting a Universiade record in the 200m IM by clocking in at 2:00.13. In the 400m IM, Shanteau came from behind in the breaststroke leg to beat out Hungary's Peter Nagy by nearly a second-and-a-half.
Results (first place votes in parentheses)
1. Justin Gatlin, Track & Field, 29 (9)
2. Eric Shanteau, Swimming, 13 (2)
3. Jesse Jantzen, Wrestling, 12 (0)
Also receiving first place votes: Bobby Lee (Judo), Jimmy Siemers (Water Skiing), Todd Thornton (Gymnastics) and Shelden Williams (Basketball).
1. Lauryn Williams, Track & Field, 27 (6)
2. Maritza Correia, Swimming, 20 (5)
3. Nancy Metcalf, Volleyball, 15 (1)
Also receiving first place votes: Lynda Barnes (Bowling), Sylvia Fowles (Basketball), Kayla Harrison (Judo) and Nastia Liukin (Gymnastics).
1. Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan, Badminton, 34 (9)
2. Men's National Volleyball Team, 32 (5)
3. U.S. Elite Water Ski Team, 13 (2)
Also receiving first place votes: Club Wolverine (Swimming).