HELSINKI, Finland - Joel Brown is the sixth-best 110-meter hurdler in the world - and not very happy about it.
"I'm just not satisfied," the former Woodlawn High star said after his sixth-place finish last night in the 10th world championships of track and field.
Brown, who recently ran 13.22 seconds in a race on the European circuit, was timed in 13.47, one of his slower times of the year, in the final at Olympic Stadium.
In a shocker, the gold medal went to France's Ladji Doucoure in 13.07, the silver to China's Xiang Liu in 13.08 and the bronze in 13.10 to America's Allen Johnson, from Burke, Va,., who had won four previous world championships.
Even with four finalists - half the field - the U.S. team had to settle for just the single medal as Dominique Arnold finished fourth in 13.13, two-time Olympic silver medalist Terrence Trammell fifth in 13.20 and Brown sixth.
On the brighter side for the American men, 400-meter runner Jeremy Wariner broke the 44-second barrier for the first time in his young but spectacular career, adding a world title to his Olympic gold.
The 21-year-old Texan ran the best race of his life, finishing in 43.93 seconds. American Andrew Rock lunged ahead of Canada's Tyler Christopher at the line.
Brown, 25, an assistant track coach at Ohio State, his alma mater, and the U.S. indoor 60-meter hurdles champion, considered the result a major disappointment.
"The Chinese runner [Liu] had a really great start and I tried to catch him. Then I started hitting hurdles," said Brown, at 5 feet 10 the shortest man in the field.
"I've been doing that the whole week here. I've got to take it back to the drawing board.
"I think I hit all the hurdles. I don't know. Mentally, I just wasn't there. I choked, that's it."
Brown's season, though, isn't over. He's been invited to the coming Golden League meets in Zurich, Brussels and Berlin.
Cleopatra Borel-Brown, the former NCAA and ECAC gold medal-winner for UMBC, bowed out in the qualifying round of the women's shot put.
Competing for her native Trinidad and Tobago, Borel-Brown, who was an Olympic finalist and placed 11th in Athens in 2004, had a non-qualifying best of 56 feet, 9 1/2 inches.
New Zealand's Valerie Vili led all qualifiers at 65-2 1/4 , and it took an effort of 58-7 1/2 to make today's 12-woman final.
Borel-Brown's career best and the Trinidad and Tobago national record is 62- 1/4 .
The women's shot put was a wipeout for the U.S, team, too, with Kristin Heaston the top American at 57-6 1/4 .
The Associated Press contributed to this article.