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American women dominate 100m hurdles opening heats, all four advance to semifinals on Day 8 morning session


LONDON -- Team USATF’s 100-meter hurdlers turned out in force for the first round of competition while the men’s decathlon kicked off and qualifying was held for the men’s high jump and women’s discus under sunny skies Friday morning at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium.

Four Americans through to 100m hurdles semifinals

Four members of Team USATF will compete in the hurdles semifinals Friday evening. Returning to the stadium in which she set the world record in 2016, Keni Harrison (Clayton, North Carolina) had no problems in heat 3, winning in 12.61, the fastest time of the round. Repeating the finishing order of the 2012 Olympic final, 2008 gold medalist Dawn Harper-Nelson (East St. Louis, Illinois) was second in heat 4, running 12.88 behind Australian Sally Pearson’s 12.72. Olympic silver medalist Nia Ali (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) got out slowly in heat 1 but rallied to finish second in 12.93 and advance. Christina Manning (Waldorf, Maryland) won the final heat with ease in 12.87.

McBride to compete in MHJ final

Bryan McBride (Peoria, Arizona) will compete in his first world championship final in his first appearance at the world championships. The 2017 USATF champion had no misses through 2.29m/7-6 but missed all three attempts at the automatic mark 2.31m/7-7. He earned himself a berth in the final based on having no misses, which gave him a ranking of seventh in qualifying to advance to a 12-man final.

Ricky Robertson (Hernando, Mississippi) made it over 2.29m/7-6 on his final attempt before three misses at 2.31m/7-7, placing him 16th, four spots short of making the final. Jeron Robinson (Houston, Texas) took two tries to clear the opening height of 2.17m7-1.5, then went out at 2.22m/7-3.25 to place 26th. 2012 Olympic silver medalist Erik Kynard (Toledo, Ohio) took one jump at the opening height and retired from the competition due to injury. Kynard suffered an achilles injury earlier in the year and most recently has dealt with a hamstring injury.

Women’s Discus Throw Qualifying

None of the three U.S. discus throwers advanced to the final. Whitney Ashley (Riverside, California) threw 60.94m/199-11 on her second attempt, the best among the trio, and finished 13th overall to miss the final by one place. Gia Lewis-Smallwood (Champaign, Illinois) was 17th with a best of 58.15m/190-9 in round two of Group A, and Valarie Allman (Longmont, California) had only one legal throw, a 53.85m/176-8 in round one of Group B, finishing 28th.

Men’s Decathlon

After two events, 2009 and 2011 world champion Trey Hardee (Hiram, Georgia) is in sixth place in the decathlon with 1847 points. Hardee posted the fifth-fastest 100m time (10.75/917 points) and jumped 7.48m/24-6.5 in the long jump for the eighth-best mark and 930 points. Devon Williams (Kennesaw, Georgia) sits 10th after running 10.93 (876 points) and jumping 7.44m/24-5 (920 points)

Zach Ziemek (Itasca, Illinois) ran 10.99 (863) and 7.08m/23-2.75 (833 points) and is in 22nd place with 1696 points.

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Gold (6)

Justin Gatlin, Men’s 100m, 9.92 (8/5)

Tori Bowie, Women’s 100m, 10.85 (8/6)

Sam Kendricks, Men’s Pole Vault, 5.95m/19-6.25 (8/8)

Phyllis Francis, Women’s 400m, 49.92 (8/9)

Kori Carter, Women’s 400m Hurdles, 53.07 (8/10)

Christian Taylor, Men’s Triple Jump, 17.68m/58-0.25 (8/10)

Silver (7)

Jarrion Lawson, Men’s Long Jump, 8.44m/27-8.25 (8/5)

Christian Coleman, Men’s 100m, 9.94 (8/5)

Sandi Morris, Women’s Pole Vault, 4.75m/15-7 (8/6)

Joe Kovacs, Men’s Shot Put, 21.66/71-0.75 (8/6)

Jenny Simpson, Women’s 1500m, 4:02.76 (8/7)

Dalilah Muhammad, Women’s 400m Hurdles, 53.50 (8/10)

Will Claye, Men’s Triple Jump, 17.63m/57-6.25 (8/10)

Bronze (6)

Mason Finley, Men’s Discus Throw, 68.03m/223-2 (8/5)

Amy Cragg, Women’s Marathon, 2:27:18 (8/6)

Evan Jager, Men’s 3000m Steeplechase, 8:15.53 (8/8)

Michelle Carter, Women’s Shot Put, 19.14m/62-9.5 (8/9)

Kerron Clement, Men’s 400m Hurdles, 48.52 (8/9)

Allyson Felix, Women’s 400m, 50.08 (8/9)


Note: for additional video quotes, see USATF’s Instagram feed.

Women’s Discus Throw Qualifying

Gia Lewis-Smallwood: I just didn't throw well. I warmed up well, I just didn't convert. So much of what's happening with me right now is I just have to keep going through the process. I have ups and downs, and I have to keep riding the wave and slowly getting better. When I'm throwing in practice, it's good, so amazing things are on the horizon - just most certainly not today. So I just need to stay patient, stay focused and really keep moving along through the process.

Whitney Ashley: “I came in kind of emotionless. I kind of treated it like a practice day. That’s what I wanted, to be as relaxed as possible. I warmed up well at the warm-up track, my first few throws here went well. I don’t really know what changed. I’m kind of a little numb. It just happened so fast. I just couldn’t find that last little bit.”

Valarie Allman: “This has been an absolutely unreal experience. There’s definitely something different about being on the world stage. I’m so thankful to have one more year of collegiate eligibility, but to come out here and be in in a stadium with 60,000 people is something that is just going to take time to get used to. As an athlete, you come in with high expectations - I can do this, I’ve done it before. I’m excited to take on the challenge of this being an environment I can feel confident in. It was an amazing experience. I like to think you live and you learn, and this was a learning opportunity.”

Women’s 100mH Heats

Keni Harrison: “It feels amazing. I’m glad I was just able to get through this first round and get my legs underneath me. Coach told me to run hard all 3 rounds, so I was happy I did this. It’s early in the morning, I’m not a morning person. Just getting my body up to run, I’m happy with the time.”

Nia Ali: “It gives me a lot of confidence coming into the world championships. I’m happy to be competing alongside three other great [American] women. It’s definitely giving me a boost of confidence.”

Dawn Harper-Nelson: “That’s really what I wanted. When I got out, I said, ‘ok, good execution.’ I kind of peeked (at her competitors) and said, ‘stay right here.’ The fact that we have to come back this evening, and that one’s going to be aggressive, you don’t want to lay it all out this morning. I just wanted to make it easy, and it was. I do like London and I think London likes me.”

Christina Manning: “My coach told me to come out here and get the auto Q so I don’t have to worry about anything. I’ve been so excited. I’ve been overseas, away from home since July 4, so I’m like a caged animal. I’m ready to go. It feels so good. Usually I’m never nervous going into races, but I will not lie, this race I was like, get it together. This was my first big (international championship) race. It’s really big.”

Men’s High Jump Qualifying

Bryan McBride: “It feels amazing [to qualify for the final]. Just coming into this, we all kind of knew what we had to do around that, just jump really clean, really efficiently - 2.29m - and then you would be looking at getting in the final and that's what I did so, just definitely took care of business and it feels good... When you're in a rhythm like that and you have an opportunity to PR, I mean, prelim or not, I'm just going to go for it, why not. So right now I feel great, built up a good rhythm and I’m really looking forward to the final.”

Ricky Robertson: “It’s kind of heartbreaking that I nicked it on the last one. I felt myself over it. I don’t know if it was my calf or my ankles. I’ve just got to recuperate and get ready for the next season.”

Erik Kynard: “I knew it would be tough. I just ran out of time. I’ve dealt with an achilles issue all year, and the moment I got that under control, due to months of overcompensation, I suffered an injury to the hamstring on the opposite leg. After warming up this morning, I knew it would be a long shot. I told my coach I could not withdraw without at least trying. It’s tough because this is the first time an injury has ever kept me from competing in 13 years of athletics. However, it comes with the territory.”

Jeron Robinson: “The warmup was kind of rusty. I wasn’t really as warm as I wanted to be. I got in, got down, got my mark. I felt my run was slow. I’m not too happy about it. I’m just not too proud of my performance. Of course I wanted to come out here and perform.”

Amanda Brooks
Marketing and Communications Manager
USA Track & Field

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