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Americans cruise through Saturday qualifying at World Indoors


BIRMINGHAM, England -  Team USATF was perfect in qualifying Saturday morning at the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships at Arena Birmingham.

The two contested finals of the day ended with Americans just shy of the podium. In the women’s triple jump, Keturah Orji (Mount Olive, New Jersey) went 14.28m/46-10.25 and 14.31m/46-11.5 in rounds four and five to post the farthest jumps ever by an American at World Indoors, placing fifth overall. Tori Franklin (Westmont, Illinois) had a best mark of 14.03m/46-0.5 on her first attempt and placed eighth.

In the men’s shot put, Darrell Hill (Darby, Pennsylvania) posted a personal-best throw of 21.06m/69-1.75 in the first round to place sixth, while 2012 and 2014 World Indoor champion Ryan Whiting (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) threw a season-best 21.03m/69-0 to place seventh.

On the track, Team USATF advanced all six of its athletes, as well as both relay teams.

Christian Coleman (Atlanta, Georgia) opened what promises to be a long day of competition in the men’s 60 meters by winning heat 1 of the first round in a very easy 6.71, in spite of stumbling a bit coming out of the blocks. Ronnie Baker (Louisville, Kentucky) took heat 7 in an easy 6.57. Both will compete in Saturday night’s semifinal, with the final to be held tonight as well.

Ajee’ Wilson (Neptune, NJ) will have a chance to try to upgrade her silver medal from the 2016 World Indoor Championships in the 800 meters after winning heat 1 in 2:01.90. Raevyn Rogers (Houston, Texas) was third in heat 2 in 2:02.13 and advanced on time.

Ben Blankenship (Stillwater, Minnesota) was a very close third in heat 1 in 3:40.23 of the men’s 1,500 to advance to the final as the fastest time qualifier, while Craig Engels (Pfafftown, Mississippi) placed second in heat 3 in 3:47.55 to automatically qualify.

The men’s 4x400m relay of Fred Kerley (Taylor, Texas), Marqueze Washington (West Monroe, Louisiana),  Paul Dedewo (Bronx, New York) and Vernon Norwood (Morgan City, Louisiana) easily won heat 2 in 3:04.00 for the fastest time of the day.

Quanera Hayes (Hope Mills, N.C.), Joanna Atkins (Stone Mountain, GA), Georganne Moline (Tucson, AZ) and Raevyn Rogers, running anchor leg a little more than an hour after her 800m heat, won the first heat of the women’s relay in 3:30.54 for the fastest time of both heats.

Zach Ziemek (Itasca, Illinois) was in fifth place after six of seven heptathlon events, running 8.14 in the 60m hurdles (947 points) and 5.10m/16-8.75 (941) in the pole vault for a total of 5,193 points.

2008 Olympic silver medalist Hyleas Fountain (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) will receive a 2010 World Indoor heptathlon bronze during IAAF medal reallocation ceremonies prior to Saturday’s evening session. Michelle Carter (Red Oak, Texas) will be promoted to silver in the shot put at the 2012 World Indoor Championships and will receive her medal later this year. Nine-time global medalist Tianna Bartoletta (Elyria, Ohio) will receive an upgraded 2006 gold medal for her long jump performance on Sunday. Click here to read more.  

Competition resumes Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. GMT. NBCSN television coverage continues, and live coverage throughout the competition is featured on NBC Sports Gold.

Click here for complete results from the IAAF World Indoor Championships.


NBCSN TV Schedule (All Times ET)

Saturday, March 3: 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 4: 4:00-6:00 p.m.


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Team USATF Medal Table



Vashti Cunningham, HJ (1.93m/6-4), 3/1


Marquis Dendy, LJ (8.42m/27-7.5), 3/2

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