Thursday, June 13, 2002
Top five finishers in each sport will get paid
INDIANAPOLIS -- USA Track & Field will distribute a record $451,500 in prize money at next week's U.S. outdoor championships at Stanford University.
The sport's national governing body will award prizes to the top five finishers in each individual Olympic event, with $4,000 going to the winner, $3,000 to second place, $2,000 to third, $1,000 to fourth and $500 to fifth.
The prize package betters the previous record of $375,000
awarded in the USATF outdoor championships last year, when only the
top four finishers in each event were paid.
"The increase in the prize money structure will provide an
extra incentive to our athletes as they compete for a spot on the
Team USA roster at the 2002 World Cup,'' Craig Masback, USATF chief
executive, said Thursday of the Sept. 21-22 meet in Madrid, Spain.
The U.S. championships will be June 21-23 at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field in Palo Alto, Calif.