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Bronson Osborn earns Team USA’s first medal of 2016 World U20 Championships

7/19/2016
 

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland -- Bronson Osborn earned Team USA’s first medal - a bronze - of the 2016 IAAF World Under-20 Championships on Tuesday at Zawisza Stadium.

Osborn (Anaheim, California) claimed shot put bronze with more than a meter PR on his third attempt 21.27m/69-9.5. Adrian Piperi III (The Woodlands, Texas) also tossed a PR 20.62m/67-8, on his final attempt, to place fifth.

Osborn and Piperi were indeed up for the challenge as the teammates traded places on the brink of medal contention throughout the first few rounds before Osborn moved into third place at the end of the third round.

Anali Cisneros (Elgin, Illinois) set an American Junior record in the 10,000 meters race walk, slicing almost 12 seconds off the previous AJR as she placed 25th in 49:31.88. Meaghan Podlaski (Albany, New York) was 28th in 50:21.22.

Thomas Pollard (Gilbert, Iowa - Iowa State) ran a personal best 29:53.84 to place 16th in the 10,000 meters final. Colin Burke (Oakland, California - UCLA) also ran a 10k PB of 30:20.80 to place 20th.

Six Americans -- all women -- advanced during the Tuesday evening session. In the morning session five men and two women advanced for Team USA.


Carson Dingler (Anaheim, California) and Rachel Baxter (Macon, Georgia) both advanced to the Thursday pole vault final. Each of them cleared 4.15m/13-7.25, where they were able to stop for the day as the field was narrowed to 12 before the bar could be raised to the automatic-qualifying height of 4.20m/13-9.25.

Lynna Irby (Indianapolis) cruised to the win in 400m prelim heat five to automatically qualify into the Wednesday semifinal in 53.08Q. She had the third fastest time of the prelims. Karrington Winters (New Albany, Ohio - Ohio State) placed third in heat two of the 400m prelims in 54.12Q to advance automatically.

Elena Bruckner (San Jose, California) needed just one throw to advance to the women's discus final. Her mark of 53.83m/176-7 flew more than seven feet past the automatic qualifying mark of 51.50m/168-11. Bruckner will be joined in the discus final by teammate Kiana Phelps (Kingsley, Iowa) who had the 10th-best qualifying mark at 49.55m/162-6.

Cale Wagner (Seward, Nebraska) turned in personal-best performances in the decathlon long jump and the day-one-concluding 400m to score 4031 points through five events. He’s in fourth place overall with five events to come on Wednesday, starting at 3:30 a.m. ET.

Team USA has won 209 medals at the IAAF World U20 Championships since the competition was first held in 1986 in Athens. Team USA has won 94 golds to date, 53 by men and 41 by women.

The IAAF World U20 Championships were previously known as the IAAF World Junior Championships before undergoing a rebranding heading into 2016. The last World U20 (then known as Junior) Championships was held in Eugene, Oregon in 2014.

Field events at the World U20 Championships will employ a new competition protocol in finals.


Twelve competitors will qualify for each final. Qualifying marks are wiped out at the start of the final. The field of 12 will get three attempts before being cut to the top eight. The remaining eight athletes will receive one more attempt, as opposed to the prior protocol of three more, for a total of six attempts.


The best mark after each competitor has made four attempts will win.


The U.S. U20 team was selected based on performances at the USATF Junior Championships from June 24-26 in Clovis, California.

Bydgoszcz hosted the World U20 Championships in 2008. The city is the first to host the World U20 Championships twice.

Follow the World U20 Championships on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using #Bydogszcz2016, and watch on Universal HD and the NBC Sports app. NBC will be live streaming the final two days of coverage – Saturday, July 23 from 11 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. ET. and Sunday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. ET.

Athlete quotes
Bronson Osborn (Anaheim, Ca.) - Shot Put

On his field series  …

“My ending mark was 21.27m/69-9.5. I think it was my third throw and then the first throw was in the 20 meters so I felt pretty good today.”

On building confidence as he went …
“I felt pretty excited during the meet, yeah I was pumped up.”

On believing he could medal …
“I don’t know. I had only thrown a six-kilogram shot put once before. I didn’t know how well I would do here. I was just waiting to see and I was hoping I’d do my best and see what happened.”

On medaling …
“It feels great. Now it’s on to the discus.”

Lynna Irby (Indianapolis) - 400m

On her first race of the World U20 Championships  …

“It felt pretty cool and controlled. It was a nice race.”

On coming off the U.S. U20 Championships …
“It was a really great experience that we had in Clovis. My family was really excited. But now in Poland at the World U20 Championships the competition here is stiff so it’s anybody’s race.”


TUESDAY EVENING U.S. RESULTS

 

OVERALL MEDAL COUNT:

(after 3 of 44 events)

7. United States: 1 (bronze)

 

PLACING TABLE:

(after 3 of 22 events)

5. United States: 10

 

FINALS

 

WOMEN’S 10,000 METER RACE WALK

25. Meaghan Podlaski: 49:31.88 (NU20R)

28. Anali Cisneros: 50:21.22


MEN’S 10,000 METERS

18. Thomas Pollard: 29:53.84
20. Colin Burke: 30:20.80


MEN’S SHOT PUT

3. Bronson Osborn: 21.27m/69-9.5

5. Adrian Piperi III: 20.62m/67-8


MEN’S ROUNDS

 

DECATHLON

4. Cale Wagner: 4031

 

WOMEN’S ROUNDS

 

400 METERS

(heats)

3. Lynna Irby: 53.08Q
12. Karrington Winters: 52.12Q

[semifinals Wednesday evening, final Thursday evening]


DISCUS

(qualification)

2. Elena Bruckner: 53.83m/176-7 (Q)

10. Kiana Phelps: 49.55m/162-6

[final Thursday evening]

 

POLE VAULT

(qualification)

6. Carson Dingler: 4.15m/13-7.25 (q)

8. Rachel Baxter: 4.15m/13-7.25 (q)

[final Thursday evening]



TV/Streaming Schedule - IAAF World U20 Championships

Date

Day

Start (ET)

End (ET)

Network

Notes

7/20/2016

Wednesday

9:00 PM

10:00 PM

UniHD

Day 2

7/21/2016

Thursday

8:00 PM

9:00 PM

UniHD

Day 3

7/22/2016

Friday

9:00 PM

10:00 PM

UniHD

Day 4

7/23/2016

Saturday

11:00 AM

2:15 PM

NBC Sports App

Day 5

7/23/2016

Saturday

9:00 PM

10:00 PM

UniHD

Day 5

7/24/2016

Sunday

10:00 AM

1:10 PM

NBC Sports App

Day 6

7/24/2016

Sunday

9:00 PM

10:00 PM

UniHD

Day 6


Contributed by Jake Most, Team USA Press Officer - IAAF World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz 2016




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