Hall, Bates and D’Amato bring home the women’s marathon team title
EUGENE, Ore. — Three Americans ran brave, well-paced races to finish in the top eight of the women’s marathon at the World Championships in Athletics Monday morning and lead Team USATF to the team title. Ethiopia’s Gotytom Gebreslase tied compatriot men’s champion Tamirat Tola to win gold in a meet record.
A very fast early pace separated a group of around 10 women from the rest of the peloton for the first 3 kilometers, with Keira D’Amato (Midlothian, Virginia/USATF Virginia) joining three Kenyans and three Ethiopians passing through this checkpoint at 9:45 a.m. In the cluster behind this leading group, Emma Bates (Boulder, Colorado/USATF Colorado) and Sara Room (Flagstaff, Arizona/USATF Arizona) were at 9:50 a.m.
Before the 5km split, D’Amato had let go of the leaders and fallen back, passing in 16:15, five seconds behind an eight-woman field led by defending champion Ruth Chepngetich of Kenya. The closest chasing group was already 18 seconds behind but still at a relatively fast pace.
Over 8 km in 25:57, the leaders were 26 seconds ahead of D’Amato and the next group which included Bates and Hall had closed within nine seconds of the woman who in January had improved the American record with a 2:19:12 in Houston. Chepngetich continued to lead the leading pack over 10km in 32:39, just under 2:18 as the pace slowed due to the bridge climb included in that segment. D’Amato, Hall and Bates were about 30 seconds behind the lead group, with D’Amato at 33:09.
The gap between the leaders and the chasing peloton narrowed to 19 seconds over 12km and over the next kilometer the followers had a much better view of the leading peloton in front of them. A push after the drinks station widened the gap again and they were at 49:29 for 15km with Kenyan Angela Tanui a step ahead of the other seven leaders, while the three Americans were 22 seconds behind .
After Chepngetich left the course and lost contact with the leaders, four women pushed the pace to escape and they threw a 3:05 kilometer gap to help their cause. Ethiopia’s Gotytom Gebrslase and Ababel Yeshaneh raced side-by-side with Kenya’s Judith Korir as that leading peloton narrowed to three at 20km in 65:36. The fourth 5k segment was the fastest so far at 16:08, adding to the ever-increasing lead.
Hall, Bates and D’Amato passed 20km in 66:42, more than a minute behind the leading trio, and the former reached the half-marathon mark in 69:01, still at a pace of 2: 18, with the Americans just above. 2:20 after crossing in 70:17.
Tanui joined the leaders at 24km and Bates was a few strides behind her American teammates, but the chasers were still 1:26 from the lead group. As the pace increased further with a 3:17 kilometer, Tanui struggled to keep in touch while behind them Hall and Great Britain’s Jess Piasecki broke away from Bates and D’Amato.
From 20 to 25km, the 5km split was 16:28 for the leaders, showing just how varied the pace was on the hilly course, and Korir controlled a leading quartet that quickly became a trio with Tanui getting behind. fading as they went up. another bridge. Gebreslase and Korir dropped Yeshaneh as they passed a drinks station, putting plenty of distance between them in the 800m space.
Approaching the final 14km loop, Korir was in the lead and was half a step ahead of Gebreslase, passing 28km in 1:31:45. Yeshaneh was six seconds off that tempo and Tanui six seconds ahead. Sara Hall also picked up her pace and started to pull away from the rest of the chasers, but was eighth and had 1:39 to make up on the leaders. D’Amato was 29 seconds behind Hall, with Bates nine seconds behind D’Amato.
A 16:04 split over 5km for the leading pair explained their growing lead, and Korir cleared 30km in 1:38:08. Hall had moved up to seventh and surpassed that mark in 1:40:14, just over a minute behind the next group she was aiming to eliminate.
In the battle for bronze, Israeli Lornah Salpeter and Eritrean Nazret Weldu overtook Tanui and Yeshaneh, with Yeshaneh stopping just short of the 35km mark. The 7th 5km segment was covered in 16:33 by the leading pair, reaching 35km in 1:54:41, and Hall finished sixth in 1:57:18. D’Amato and Bates finished eighth and ninth in 1:58:32.
With just over 5km to go, Korir and Gebreslase continued to run in tandem and clocked 37km in 2:01:01, with Hall sixth in 2:04:14 and the other two Americans 1:20 behind. she in seventh and eighth. Salpeter dropped Weldu by 40km to take bronze firmly.
Going down the bridge on I-5, Gebreslase made a big move and pushed Korir about 15 yards out of the way. Running only her third marathon after a third-place finish in Tokyo earlier this year, the Ethiopian was chasing marathon gold medals for her country following Tamirat Tola’s victory in Sunday’s men’s race.
Gebreslase finished strong, crossing the line in 2:18:11 to destroy the championships record and set his lifetime record. Korir retained silver in 2:18:20, also well below the previous competition record, and Salpeter took bronze in 2:20:18. Weldu took fourth place in 2:20:29, making four women who bettered the existing championships record.
Hall completed a stellar final half to place fifth in 2:22:10, easily the fastest ever by an American at the World Championships. Bates finished seventh in her career best in 2:23:18, with D’Amato just behind her in 2:23:34 to seal the Team USATF tag team title.
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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)
- 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)
- 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)