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Carter’s American record leads 8-medal night for Team USA


PORTLAND, Oregon -- With five medals coming in the span of five minutes, Team USA won a total of eight medals Saturday night at the IAAF World Indoor Championships, including an American record by Michelle Carter. With one day of competition remaining at the Oregon Convention Center, Team USA has 15 medals, including eight gold in 17 events contested thus far. Germany, Ukraine and Great Britain each have three medals, with nine other countries each having one gold. Team USA leads the placing table with 159 points; Great Britain is second with 29.

Carter crushes SP field with American record

The women’s shot put featured a see-saw battle between the most dominant championship thrower in the world and America’s best. And each time, Michelle Carter responded to become the first American woman ever to win gold in the event, and to become the world’s best.

Already the American record holder outdoors, Carter (Ovilla, Texas) went straight to the lead on her first legal throw of the competition, a heave of 18.90m/62-0.25. The ever-dominant Valerie Adams of New Zealand, the two-time defending Olympic champion who owns nine Olympic or world gold medals, took the lead in round three with her throw of 19.25m/63-2. Carter responded immediately, on the very next throw, with 19.31m/63-4.25 to take the lead entering the final three rounds of throwing.

In the sixth and final round, Anita Marton of Hungary took the lead from Carter with a toss of 19.33/63-5. Undaunted, Carter responded with a huge 20.21m/66-3.75 for an American record, breaking teammate Jillian Camarena-Williams’ previous AR of 19.89m/65-3.25

Her performance gave Carter the first World Championships gold of her career, having won bronze at the 2012 World Indoor Championships and 2015 World Outdoor Championships.

Jillian Camarena-Williams (Woodland, California), competing in her first IAAF World Championship event since maternity and back surgery, opened with 18.17m/59-7.5, which held up as her best throw of the competition, placing her fifth overall.

Berian takes bold 800; Sowinski sews up bronze

Team USA enjoyed its finest overall performance ever in the men’s 800 meters. The 23-year-old Boris Berian (Carson City, Nevada) had easily won the USATF Indoor title by running from the lead, and he displayed no change of tactics Saturday night.

With the field in an all-out sprint at the start, Berian took lead at the third turn, with teammate Erik Sowinski (Waukesha, Wisconsin) getting jostled back to fifth. Berian came through 200 meters in 23.92 seconds and 400 in 49.73 to be in the lead by roughly five meters. The field began to move up on Bernian with 300 meters left, but the American found an extra gear around the final curve to get to the tape first in 1:45.83, with Sowinski sprinting up to take third in 1:47.22, behind Antoine Gakeme  of Burundi second in 1:46.65. It was Team USA’s first gold in the event since 2003 and the first time for Americans to win two medals in the event at a single World Indoors.  

Eaton defends hep gold; Beach fourth

Local hero and world’s greatest athlete Ashton Eaton won his third consecutive World Indoor title in the heptathlon, easily taking gold with 6,470 points after finishing the competition with a third-place time of 2:35.22 in the 1,000 meters (927 points). A member of Duke’s 4x800m relay team while in college, Team USA’s Curtis Beach (Albuquerque, New Mexico) launched from sixth to fourth in the standings thanks to his performance in the 1,000m, scoring 6,118 points to finish just 8 points shy of the podium.

In the 1,000, Beach went immediately to the front. The crowd cheering him on, Beach led by as much as 10 meters and finished first 2:29.04, breaking Eaton’s championship record and scoring 999 points. Germany’s Mathias Brugger set a four-second personal best to place second in 2:34.10, knocking Beach off the podium and placing third in point standings with 6,126. Oleksiy Kasyanov of Ukraine took the silver with 6,182 points.

Pierre sprints to 60m gold

In the evening’s final track event, Barbara Pierre (Winter Haven, Florida) got a very quick start in lane 6, going up by almost a stride on Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands. The tall Dutchwoman and World Outdoor 100m champion closed in the final meters but couldn’t catch Pierre, with the U.S. champion winning in 7.02 and Schippers second in 7.04. Elaine Thompson of Jamaica was third in 7.06. Tori Bowie (Sandhill, Mississippi) started in lane 8, an empty lane 7 beside her, leaving Bowie to essentially run a solo time trial. The 2015 World Outdoor 100m bronze medalist placed sixth in 7.14.

U.S. goes 2-3 in women’s 400

Oluwakemi Adekoya of Bahrain turned in a wire-to-wire victory in the women’s 400, with two Americans holding the next two positions for silver and bronze. Adekoya was strong from the gun, winning in 51.45, with Ashley Spencer (Indianapolis, Indiana) edging past Quanera Hayes (Hope Mills, North Carolina) for second (51.72) and third (51.76), respectively.

Kynard redeems Sopot disappointment with Portland bronze

Erik Kynard (Toledo, Ohio) returned to the international podium for the first time since taking home silver at the London Olympic Games in 2012, winning bronze in the men’s high jump in an exciting competition that came down to three men vying for medals at the final height.

Kynard was tied for first with clean bars over the first three heights. He missed on his first attempt at 2.33/7-7.75, but a clearance on his second attempt put him in second place behind Robert Grabarz of Great Britain, who had made 2.33 on his first go after misses at two lower heights.

The half-bearded Gianmarco Tambieri of Italy propelled himself suddenly into first by clearing 2.36m/7-8.75 on his first attempt, having made 2.33 on his third and final try. Kynard and Grabarz  were the only jumpers remaining with three attempts at 2.36. Kynard barely missed his third and final attempt at the height, finishing with the bronze with his 2.33/7-7.75, behind Tambieri and Grabarz. Ricky Robertson (Hernando, Mississippi), placed 12th with a season-best clearance of 2.20m/7-2.50.

Martinez fifth in 1,500; Craddock fifth in TJ

The women’s 1,500 was a classic indoor race of jostling and sprinting as Brenda Martinez (Rancho Cucamonga, California) placed fifth for Team USA in 4:09.57.  The 2013 World Outdoor bronze medalist settled into fourth or fifth place for most of the race, save for moments when jostling knocked her to seventh place at both the 500m and 1,000m marks. Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands won a three-woman sprint to win in 4:04.96, followed by a trio of Ethiopian women - Dawin Seyaum, Gudaf Tsegay and Axumawit Embaye - ahead of Martinez.

Jumping with a taped left hamstring, Omar Craddock (Killeen, Texas) appeared to favor the leg on his first attempt and received massage on the hamstring before the second round. Dropping his left foot before his right, Craddock posted a mark of 16.87m/55-4.25, a mark he matched on his fifth jump and which gave him a fifth-place finish. Chris Benard (Corona, Calif.) had a best jump of 16.15m/53-0 for 12th, with Alphonso Jordan (Charlotte, North Carolina) at 16.11m/52-10.25. The competition was won by Bin Dong of China with a leap of 17.33m/56-10.25

Men’s 60 hurdlers advance

In heat 1, Jarret Eaton (Columbia, South Carolina) battled from the gun with Eddie Lovett of the Virgin Islands, reminiscent of their college days at Syracuse and Florida. Eaton was just edged by Lovett at the line, with the American crossing in 7.66 for second and automatic advancement into Saturday’s semifinal round. Spencer Adams (Columbia, South Carolina) likewise placed second in the fourth heat in 7.68 to advance.

Action concludes Sunday afternoon with finals in the men’s 60-meter hurdles, men’s 3000 meters, women’s high jump, the 4x400m relays and more. NBC Sports Live Extra will show all the action from Portland Sunday from 12:30-3 p.m. PT, and fans can also tune in on NBCSN from 1-3 p.m. PT.

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TV Coverage (all times Pacific)


12:30-3 p.m. — NBC Sports Live Extra

1-3 p.m. — NBCSN (live)

Team USA Medal Table

Gold (8)

Nia Ali, women’s 60-meter hurdles

Boris Berian, men’s 800 meters

Trayvon Bromell, men’s 60 meters

Michelle Carter, women’s shot put

Ashton Eaton, men’s heptathlon

Barbara Pierre, women’s 60 meters

Brittney Reese, women’s long jump

Jenn Suhr, women’s pole vault

Silver (4)

Sam Kendricks, men’s pole vault

Sandi Morris, women’s pole vault

Brianna Rollins, women’s 60-meter hurdles

Ashley Spencer, women’s 400 meters

Bronze (3)

Quanera Hayes, women’s 400 meters

Erik Kynard, men’s high jump

Erik Sowinski, men’s 800 meters

Saturday Team USA Quotes

Michelle Carter, women’s shot put

“(The last throw) was great. I was just trying to think about what I needed to do, calm my nerves down and let my technique work for me.”

“We’re Team USA. We are the world’s greatest team. We have a lot of people coming up and some great young athletes. Everybody came together and we’re showing up on home soil. USA all day. For once, the world comes to us. To be comfortable and be in our own environment, I think it’s a factor.”

Jillian Camarena-Williams, women’s shot put

“I was a little off today. I’ve been trying to get my timing back and I tried to rush it today. It was fun to be out there. I’ve worked my tail off to get back here. The ring was perfect and the environment was fun. Michelle was amazing as always and responded on that last throw. This gives me confidence. There are some things I need to work on, getting consistent again, but it gives me confidence that it’s there when I need it. It’s going to be a tough team to make but hopefully I’m in the mix for Rio.”

Boris Berian, men’s 800 meters

“It was simple. Take the lead right away and stay there. About 100 feet to go, I was definitely feeling it. The crowd kept me going and got me to gold.”

“I wasn’t focused on the time to get out in front. I just wanted to get out there. I was just excited to represent USA. Just wanted to stay positive, trust in my training and hang on.”

Erik Sowinski, men’s 800 meters

“It was awesome. Boris ran a heck of a race. He set it up and controlled it. I wanted to be in better contention but I had to make some moves and go in and out of lanes, try to position myself to be able to make a move and go. I took advantage of it, charged hard and took bronze.”

“I just knew that was time to go and make a move for it. In the 800, you have to just go for it. There’s no time to wait.”

Ashton Eaton, men’s heptathlon

“Brianne is the one who stole the show and I’m really happy and proud about that and proud of her. So just finishing it off for the family and hometown crowd. It would have been cool to get the world record, but that’s why they’re hard.”

“The 1000m felt brutal. Hardest I’ve ever ran. When Curtis came through in 30 seconds, I knew we were in trouble. I’m not sure why it felt so hard, but we were all tired.”

“Since the very first day Harry was at practice as our coach, he was there an hour and fifteen minutes early. Since that practice, he’s always been 1:15 early. Setting up, thinking about the events we’re going to do. Thinking what we did before, what we’re going to do the next day. The guy is incredible and he’s been in the sport for 50 years. Everywhere we go, he knows everyone. I don’t know, maybe he’s the glue that keeps us together physically and mentally. He gets us to these championships in a confident manner, physically and mentally. I think it’ll be sad when he’s done coaching.”

Curtis Beach, men’s heptathlon

“In the end, I’m glad I laid it all out there. It was the best result I could have produced over the last two days. I lost a lot of points in the hurdles. I never thought that 1,000m effort would produce 2:29. A few years ago, I ran 2:23, but I’m happy I gave it all. I’d rather get fourth with that effort instead of third with a mediocre effort. This crowd was amazing. It was such a fun experience.”

Barbara Pierre, women’s 60 meters

“I had to just stay in my lane and stay focused. THe crowd was awesome, they just gave me that extra energy to come home.

“I didn’t want to rejoice knowing that I didn’t know (before results were announced.) But when I dipped for the line I really didn’t feel anyone next to me, I just wanted to get secure and be sure that I had it.”

I did get a great start, I knew I had to get a great start. But I stumbled on my third step, but I recovered and stayed in my zone, and whatever happened happened. I got the win.

“(My strong race earlier) gave me a lot of confidence. I ran 7.07/7.06 the first round so I was on pace so that gave me a little edge.”

Tori Bowie, women’s 60 meters

“I was just here to focus on having a start. I’m not really sure what happened, but I enjoyed the entire meet. I was just excited to be in the final of the 60 meters. My events are really more the 100m and the 200m. This is pretty challenging for me. My speed comes on after 60 meters.”

Ashley Spencer, women’s 400 meters

“I knew that the field was coming, so I had to take off as hard as I could and at least stay in the mix til the break and finish as hard as I could. It got me a silver medal and I’m really happy.

“I kind of got boxed in. I don’t know how that happened but it did. I just had to stay patient, not panic and surge to the finish line to put myself in a really good position to get a medal. I did and I’m so excited right now I can’t stand it.

I’m very honored to be part of this organization and very blessed to represent Team USA like I did. I hope that in the future I’ll be able to do it a lot more.”

Quanera Hayes, women’s 400 meters

“My coaches told me I had to get out to the break and stay strong at the end, and that’s what I did.”

“I wanted to stay on Adekoya but I didn’t go when I need to go. I went too late. When I tried to make a move, she made hers. It all worked out for the best.”

Erik Kynard, men’s high jump

“Things started off really well and went downhill.It was a good competition and I just wasn’t getting it done. Mistakes I made, i wasn’t able to recover from quickly. The others were able to get it when it counted.”

Ricky Robertson, men’s high jump

“It was a great experience. Unfortunately, I couldn’t perform the way I wanted to. To be with these athletes was such an honor. This was my first team. I was blessed to be part of this and I want to thank God for being on this team.”

Jarret Eaton, men’s 60-meter hurdles

“Just trying to take it easy this first round, survive and make it through. I’m kind of working on some technical things, so it’s nice to see where you’re at and, moving forward, I know what I’ve got to fix for the semifinals. It was a nice tester to see where I’m at.”

Spencer Adams, men’s 60-meter hurdles

“The flinch, my nerves got the best of me. But as long as your foot doesn’t lift off the pedal, you’re good. I’ll take the flinch. My second start was okay. I think I stepped back a bit. But I regained my composure and got it together to race and I’ll be ready for the semifinal.”

Brenda Martinez, women’s 1500 meters

“That was tough. I tried to finish as hard as I could. These girls are tough to beat. I’m going to learn. They don’t mess around. They can kick whenever they want. They throw surges in at any point in the race. It was a good lesson for me. I didn’t want to be on the rail. I can’t wait to get back home and get to work for outdoors.”

Omar Craddock, men’s triple jump

“I felt good coming into the meet. Since Tuesday, my hamstring has been nagging me. I’ve been getting the proper treatment and made sure I felt good. Felt good during warmups today and then once I came off the board on my first jump, I heard a pop and I felt it. Subsequently, I was just trying to tell myself ”

Chris Benard, men’s triple jump

“It could have gone better out there. I didn’t execute as well as I wanted to and put my best jump on the board. It was frustrating to look out there at my marks and see that that’s what’s going to go down in the record books instead of what I know I’m capable of. I’m just going to use it for fuel, because at the end of the day, 2016 is an Olympic year and I have to do my best.”

Alphonso Jordan, men’s triple jump

“It was a little rough but I came out (of the indoor season) pretty healthy. I’m still grateful for the opportunity. I would have liked to perform better for my country, but I have a lot to work on for the outdoor season.”

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