Gold relay brings USATF team medal total to 28 at Oregon22
EUGENE, Ore. — Bringing a grateful and raucous Hayward Field crowd to their feet with a stunning gold medal in the women’s 4x100m relay, Team USATF added a silver medal in the men’s 4x100m and went to 28 medals overall to tie the third-highest total in U.S. history at the World Championships in Athletics. And there’s still a day to go. Team USA also improved to 274 points to lead by 174 over second-highest nation Ethiopia.
Women’s 4x100m relay final
Many pundits had already handed the silver medal to the USATF team before the shot was fired, given the quartet of Jamaican stars they faced. The experts were wrong. The young Americans executed near-flawless transfers and ran away with the gold in a world record 41.14, the fifth fastest time in history and 0.04 ahead of the famous Jamaican team which included the gold, silver and bronze medalists in the 100m.
USATF 100m Champion Melissa Jefferson (Georgetown, SC/USATF SC) caught Spain on the outside before moving to Abby Steiner (Dublin, Ohio/USATF Kentucky). Steiner had by far the quickest split in the backstretch, then Jenna Prandini (Pflugerville, Texas/USATF Central California) exploded on the final turn. Leashed at TeeTee Terry (Miami, FL/USATF Florida) The United States was in good hands when Terry held off Jamaican 200m champion Shericka Jackson to seal the team’s eighth 4x100m relay World Championship title. USATF.
Men’s 4x100m relay, final
A superb opening round was overshadowed by a wobbly first exchange between Christian Colman (Lexington, Kentucky/USATF Kentucky) and Noah Lyles (Clermont, Florida/USATF Potomac Valley), putting the United States at risk, but the second transfer between Lyles and Elijah Hall-Thompson (Houston, Texas/USATF Gulf) was picture perfect and it kept the American quartet in contention. Hall-Thompson and Marvin Bracy-Williams (Jacksonville, Fla./USATF Florida) struggled with the last baton, giving Canadian Andre De Grasse all the room he needed to take the lead and hold off Bracy-Williams across the line. Canada won in a world record 37.48 while the US, took silver in a season best 37.55. Great Britain finished in bronze medal position in 37.83.
Women’s 5000m final
Nobody was in a great rush on the first two laps, with the field looking more like a recovery race than a championship race. Three Ethiopians quickly moved into the lead and Gudaf Tsegay led over 1km in 3:14.21. Olympic champion Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands settled for the back of the pack. Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey, the 10,000m champion, picked up the pace to take the lead, but quickly gave way to Tsegay and Caroline Kirui of Kazakhstan.
Tsegay led the 2km in 6:07.56, with Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa/USATF Oregon) and Elise Cranny (Beaverton, Oregon/USATF Oregon) in seventh and eighth place, just over a second behind her, and Emilie Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/USATF Oregon) one more step back.
With five laps to go, 11 women remained in contention, covered by seconds, with Tsegay clearing 3km in 9:02.79. Infeld had fallen back into the chasing pack, but Schweizer and Cranny were still hanging on to the lead pack, passing in 9:04.
Gidey led at 4km in 12:00.69, a second ahead of Schweizer in seventh, and Cranny was battling to stay in touch. At the bell, Hassan and Tsegay began to press the pedal and had four other women for company. On the final corner, Tsegay started to pull away and took gold in 14:46.29. Beatrice Chebet of Kenya took silver in 14:46.75 while Dawit Seyaum of Ethiopia took bronze in 14:47.36.
Cranny had the best result of the American trio, placing ninth in 14:59.99. Infeld finished 14th in 15:29.03, but Schweizer couldn’t finish after suffering a calf sprain.
Men’s triple jump, final
First jump, best jump was the order of the day for the USATF champion Donald Scott (Ypsilanti, Michigan/USATF Michigan), who jumped to 17.14m/56-2.75 in the first lap to finish sixth. Scott added 17.04m/55-11 in round five.
Two-time silver medalist at the World Championships and two-time bronze medalist Will Claye (Buckeye, Arizona/USATF New York) was competing in his sixth consecutive World Championships and had his best jump of 16.54m/54-3.25 in the third round, finishing 11th.
Men’s javelin final
USATF Finalist Curtis Thompson (Florence, New Jersey/USATF New England) finished 11th with 78.39m/257-2 on his only legal throw.
Men’s 4x400m relay, 1st round
Putting the race aside almost from the start, Elija Godwin (Athens, GA/USATF Georgia) gave the American foursome a big lead with a 44.46 leg lead, passing the baton to Vernon Norwood (Baton Rouge, Louisiana/USATF Southern) with a lead of almost a second. Norwood, an experienced championship relay runner, confidently shared 44.73 to extend the lead and moved on to the Tokyo 4x400m relay gold medalist Bryce Deadman (Arlington, TX/USATF Gulf). Deadmon ran a 44.48 to give the United States a formidable lead before the final exchange with the bronze medalist in the 400m hurdles Trevor Bassit (Bluffton, Ohio/USATF Ohio). Bassitt, who in March was the world indoor 400m silver medalist, finished winning in 2:58.96 with a run of 45.29. It was the fastest time overall with over two seconds.
Women’s 4x400m relay, 1st round
Ensuring the baton safely circled the track four times in the first heat, the American quartet won in 3:23.38, the fastest time overall. USATF 400m Champion Talitha Digg (Saucon Valley, PA/USATF Mid-Atlantic) ran the opening run in 51.01 and handed over to Allyson Felix (Los Angeles, Calif./USATF Southern California), who was recalled for relay duty after last weekend’s mixed 4×400. Felix, using the experience she gained from more than 20 years of international competition, split 50.61 and completed the second rally with her team with a solid lead. Maintaining this margin on the third circuit, Kaylin Whitney (Clermont, Florida/USATF Florida) clocked 51.01 on his carry and Jaide Stepter (Bellflower, Calif./USATF Southern California) brought it home for the win with a 50.75.
Decathlon Men Day 1
A superb first day that included a personal best in the shot put and several other lifetime best performances gave Zach Ziemek (Sun Prairie, Wisconsin/USATF Wisconsin) 4,469 points and places him in third place. Ziemek ran 10.57 in the 100m, then jumped 7.70m/25-3.25 long. On his third attempt at the shot put, he throws his PB of 15.37m/50-5.25 on his last throw. After clearing 2.08m / 6-9.75 in the high jump, he finished the day with a season best 49.56 in the 400m.
Kyle Garland (Athens, GA/USATF Georgia) was 56 behind Ziemek after five events, sitting fourth with 4,413. He clocked 10.69 in the 100m, but lost a good chunk of the points with his long jump of 7.41m/24-3.75 and his shot put of 15.24m/50-0, both well below his season bests. Clearing 2.14m / 7-0.25 in the high jump revived Garland’s medal hopes, but he then clocked a 400m of 49.64, more than half a second off the time. he had recorded at the USATF Championships.
Putting in a solid effort streak that included a 47.95 in the 400m, Steven Bastien (Ann Arbor, Michigan/USATF Michigan) finished 13th with 4,212 points.
Women’s 100m hurdles, 1st round
Half of the American contingent fell short early in the heats, but the bottom two easily advanced with confident wins. World record holder Keni Harrison (Pflugerville, TX/USATF Texas Southern) rode a very safe race in the final run, outpacing down the middle of the straight to win in 12.60 and advance to the semi. NCAA champ Alia Armstrong (New Orleans, Louisiana/USATF South) cleared the first hurdle very quickly in round five and was never challenged on her way to a 12.48 that was just 0.01 off her record at life.
Run in the first run, world champion 2019 Nia Ali (Jacksonville, Fla./USATF Florida) was leading through the eighth hurdle before breaking the next barrier with his track leg and falling onto the track after unsuccessfully trying to clear the last hurdle. Alaysha Johnson (Houston, Texas/USATF Florida) struggled to comfortably clear the first hurdle and then couldn’t find his rhythm, stopping short of the second barrier and then finishing in 39.06.
Women’s long jump qualifications
USATF Indoor Champion Quanesha Burks (Baton Rouge, Louisiana/USATF South) had the best jump overall, hitting the automatic advancement standard with a season-best 6.86m/22-6.25 on his third and final attempt. Tiffany Flynn (Ellenwood, GA/USATF Georgia) cleared 6.73m/22-1 on her first jump and also qualified for the final.
NCAA champ Jasmine Moore (Grand Prairie, TX/USATF Southwestern) recorded his biggest jump of 6.60m/21-8 in the first round but missed the final.
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Medals won by the USATF team
- Women’s shot put, 20.49m/67-2.75 (Chase Ealey)
- 100m men, 9.86 (Fred Kerley)
- Women’s Hammer, 78.96m/259-1 (Brooke Andersen)
- Women’s Pole Vault, 4.85m/15-11 (Katie Nageotte)
- 110m hurdles men, 13.03 (Grant Holloway)
- Men’s shot put, 22.94m/75-3.25 (Ryan Crouser)
- 200m men, 19.31 (Noah Lyles)
- 400m men, 44.29 (Michael Norman)
- Women’s 400m hurdles, 50.68 WR* (Sydney McLaughlin)
- Women’s 4x100m relay, 41.14 (Melissa Jefferson, Abby Steiner, Jenna Prandini, TeeTee Terry)
- 100m men, 9.88 (Marvin Bracy-Williams)
- Women’s Pole Vault, 4.85m/15-11 (Sandi Morris)
- Men’s shot put, 22.89m/75-1.25 (Joe Kovacs)
- 110m hurdles men, 13.08 (Trey Cunningham)
- 400m hurdles men, 46.89 (Rai Benjamin)
- 200m men, 19.77 (Kenny Bednarek)
- Women’s Javelin, 64.05m/210-1 (Kara Winger)
- Men’s 4x100m relay, 37.55 (Christian Coleman, Noah Lyles, Elijah Hall-Thompson, Marvin Bracy-Williams)
- 4x400m Mixed Relay, 3:10.16 (Elija Godwin, Allyson Felix, Vernon Norwood, Kennedy Simon)
- 100m men, 9.88 (Trayvon Bromell)
- Women’s Hammer, 74.86m/245-7 (Janee’ Kassanavoid)
- Men’s shot put, 22.29m/73-1.75 (Josh Awotunde)
- Women’s Heptathlon, 6755 (Anna Hall)
- Women’s triple jump, 14.72m/48-3.5 (Tori Franklin)
- 400m hurdles men, 47.39 (Trevor Bassitt)
- Women’s discus, 68.30m/224-1 (Valarie Allman)
- 200m men, 19.80 (Erriyon Knighton)
- Women’s 400m hurdles, 53.13 (Dalilah Muhammad)