Troy Dumais knew he didn't need to win to clinch another spot on the U.S. Olympic diving team.
It didn't matter.
Dumais, using a more difficult program than any of his rivals, won the 3-meter springboard at the trials last night in St. Peters, Mo., clinching a spot that he already had earned with a synchronized victory.
Dumais struggled on his first two dives, but a pep talk from his coach, Ken Armstrong, helped turn things around. The diver finished with his highest score of the night, earning a row of 8.5s and 9.0s for a reverse pike 21/2 somersault with 11/2 twists.
"I started out flat. I don't know why," Dumais said. "I pulled Kenny aside and said, 'This isn't working.' He didn't lay into me, but he said, 'This doesn't matter. You've already made the team. But you're better than this.' I took it to heart."
Armstrong told Dumais to do more jumping around between dives, which helped get his emotions under control.
"I didn't want to elevate my heart rate," said Dumais, a 24-year-old native of Ventura, Calif. "But he's the coach. He knows best. I did that on my last four dives and turned it around."
The winner totaled 1,151.37 points, while the second spot on the Olympic team went to Dumais's training partner, Justin Wilcock of Smithfield, Utah. He earned his first Olympic berth when Phillip Jones faltered, finishing with 1,117.38 points.
Jones, who was second after the preliminaries, slipped to third with 1,073.13 -- missing out on Athens.
Records Fall at Bislett
Elvan Abeylegesse of Turkey set the women's 5,000-meter world at the Bislett Games in Bergen, Norway, cutting more than three seconds off the previous mark.
Breaux Greer set the American record in the javelin, winning the event with a throw of 286 feet 8 inches. That broke the mark of 285-10 set by Tom Puktys in 1997.
Greer's previous personal best was 285-5 in 2001. His mark Friday night was the second-longest in the world this year, behind the 287-10 of Russia's Alexandr Ivanov, set Tuesday in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Sergey Makarov of Russia was second to Greer at 282-9. Ivanov was fifth at 267-6.
The 27-year-old Greer is the two-time defending U.S. champion in the event and finished 12th in the Sydney Olympics. He competed in college at Northeast Louisiana and lives in Athens, Ga.
Abeylegesse, who pulled away from the pack with five laps to go, was timed in 14 minutes 24.68 seconds. Bo Jiang of China had the record of 14:28.09, set in 1997 in Shanghai.