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SOPOT, Poland -- Team USA crushed a 15-year-old men’s 4x400 Indoor World Record on the final day of the 2014 World Indoor Championships and the women’s 4x400 set an American record to round out the competition at Argo Arena. Team USA picked up four other medals for a total of 12 to close out the meet at the top of the medal table. Russia was second with five total (3 gold) followed by Ethiopia’s five (2 gold).
USA’s men’s 4x400m captured the gold medal and fittingly finished with the first and only World record mark clocking 3:02.13. Kyle Clemons (Lawrence, Kan.), the 400m bronze medalist, handed off after the first leg just steps behind Great Britain, but David Verburg (Gainesville, Fla.) gave Team USA the lead on the second carry, before Kind Butler III (Indianapolis, Ind.) sprinted away with a 45.41 third leg to give the squad a solid lead. Calvin Smith (Atlanta, Ga.) went out very calm and controlled on the anchor leg and was stellar over the final 100 to clock 45.12.
The time of 3:01.96 ran by Kerron Clement, Wallace Spearmon, Darold Williamson and Jeremy Warner in 2006 at Fayetteville, Ark., was never ratified as a World Record, but stands as the American record.
Team USA front-loaded the women’s 4x400 final, leading off with Natasha Hastings (Round Rock, Texas), and the quartet never trailed as Hastings clocked 51.95 on the opening carry. Joanna Atkins (Minneloa, Fla.) kept the lead with a 50.85 before individual 400 champion Francena McCorory (Hampton, Va.) blew the race open with a 50.36 on the third leg. International newcomer Cassandra Tate (Baton Rouge, La.) finished off the American Record run with a 51.67 to stop the clock at 3:24.83. The previous AR of 3:27.34 was set in 2010 at Doha, and this was only the second time the U.S. has won this event.
Chanelle Price (Knoxville, Tenn.) became the first American woman to win the 800m World Indoor title, leading from the gun to set a personal best of 2:00.09 in her first international championship final since placing sixth at the 2007 World Youth. Price took the field through 200 in 27.88 and 400 in 57.73. Looking comfortable and composed, she passed 600 in 1:28.91 and staved off local favorite Angelika Cichocka (POL) for the gold.
Omo Osaghae blasted out of the blocks in the men’s 60 hurdles final and cleared the first hurdle first. Osaghae hurdled well over the next four barriers and held off two Frenchmen, leaning at the line for gold in 7.45, a lifetime best. In his international championship debut, he became the tenth Team USA man to win this event.
Osaghae (Lubbock, Texas) won his semifinal heat with a PR of 7.49. Dominic Berger (Newport News, Va.) did not start well in the second semifinal and was just outside the qualifying spot with his fifth-place time of 7.64.
Bernard Lagat (Tucson, Ariz.) ran comfortably in the middle of the pack as the field went at a slow pace through 800 in 2:15.22. The group passed through the mile in 4:29, and at 2000 the pace started to pick up after the see-saw early going. Lagat eased forward into contention, pushing hard with 150 to go. He tried to move to the lead into the final curve, but was held off by Caleb Ndiku (KEN) and took silver in 7:55.22 after covering the final 400 in 53 seconds. Lagat became the oldest man ever to win a medal at the World Indoors, as he added a silver to the three golds he already had. Galen Rupp (Portland, Ore.) finished strongly to take fourth in 7:55.84.
Tianna Bartoletta had a strong start and executed well throughout the women’s 60m final, and only the two fastest times in the world this year beat her as she clocked a season-best 7.06 to claim bronze behind World and Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM) and Murielle Ahoure (CIV). Bartoletta (Tampa, Fla.) automatically advanced to the finals of the women’s 60m, finishing second in the second semi in 7.14. Lekeisha Lawson (West Covina, Calif.) was third in the first semifinal in 7.18, but did not advance to the final.
World record-holder Jenn Suhr (Churchville, N.Y.) played a passing game in the women’s pole vault, clearing 4.65m/15-3 on her first attempt of the competition. Suhr passed at 4.70m/15-5 before missing three times at 4.75m/15-7 to end up in a tie for fifth. Mary Saxer (Boston, Mass.) went over 4.55m/14-11 to take eighth.
In the women’s long jump final, Tori Polk (Plano, Texas) took fifth place with a jump of 6.61m/21-8.25 on her third attempt.
Competing in the deepest men’s high jump final in World Indoors history, Erik Kynard (Manhattan, Kansas) cleared a season best on his first attempt at 2.34m/7-8 and ended up just out of the medals in fourth. Kynard missed once at 2.36m/7-8.85 and twice at 2.38m/7-9.75.
All eyes were on world record-setting Genzebe Dibaba (ETH) going into the women’s 3000m final, but there was a pedestrian early pace as the field passed 400 in 82.36. A slow first kilometer yielded to a much quicker second kilo as Dibaba picked up the pace dramatically. Shannon Rowbury (Portland, Ore.) and Gabriele Grunewald (Minneapolis, Minn.) were near the back of the pack, but Rowbury tried to stay in contact with four laps to go, moving to 7th. Rowbury dropped back one spot at the finish, taking eighth in 9:07.82, and Grunewald was 10th in 9:11.76.
Chris Carter (Hearne, Texas) had a best of 16.74m/54-11.25 in the third round of the men’s triple jump to finish sixth in his first international competition.
Team USA medals
Ryan Whiting, Men’s shot put
Ashton Eaton, Heptathlon
Francena McCorory, Women’s 400m
Nia Ali, Women’s 60m hurdles
Chanelle Price, Women’s 800m
Omo Osaghae, Men’s 60m hurdles
Women’s 4x400m Relay (Natasha Hastings, Joanna Atkins, Francena McCorory, Cassandra Tate)
Men’s 4x400m Relay (Kyle Clemons, David Verburg, Kind Butler III, Calvin Smith)
Marvin Bracy, Men’s 60m
Bernard Lagat, Men’s 3,000m
Kyle Clemons, Men’s 400m
Tianna Bartoletta, Women’s 60m
- Team’s USA’s 8 golds equaled the second-highest total ever for the United States. The U.S. has twice won 10 golds and eight once.
- The men’s 4x4 gave the U.S. its fifth consecutive win in the event
- Omo Osaghae’s gold medal in the men’s 60-meter hurdles was the fourth U.S. gold in the last six World Indoors