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Day 3 brings historic gold medals and double silver for Team USATF at IAAF World Championships


DOHA -- Christian Taylor showed for the fourth time at a World Championships why he is the reigning men’s triple jumper, and Team USATF once again made world record history in the mixed 4x400m relay, on the third day of the IAAF World Championships Doha at Khalifa Stadium. 

The 50th career triple jump meeting of the dynamic U.S. duo of Christian Taylor (Jacksonville, Florida) and Will Claye (San Diego, California) produced the promised fireworks. Claye set a high bar with his opening jump of 17.61m/57-9.5 and he added to his lead with a 17.72m/58-1.75 while Taylor sweated through two fouls to open his card. Taylor’s third attempt was safe, and far, going 17.42m/57-2 to earn three more tries. In round four Taylor had all pistons firing and blasted out to 17.86m/58-7.25 to take the lead. Claye valiantly tried to match that and hit his best of 17.74m/58-2.5 in rounds four and five. Taylor added a couple inches to his lead with a 17.92m/58-9.5 in the penultimate stanza and that held up to give him a 27-23 record versus Claye and his record fourth World Championships gold.

USATF Outdoors champion Donald Scott (Ypsilanti, Michigan) left his best for the last round, spanning 17.17m/56-4.75 to place sixth.

In the first ever mixed 4x400m relay final at a world championships, Wil London (Waco, Texas) made up a lot of ground on the lead leg to pass to Allyson Felix (Troy Michigan) with a good lead. Poland chose to run their two men first and moved ahead quickly, but the most decorated athlete in World Championships history had a superb carry to put Courtney Okolo (Dallas, Texas) in position. U.S. anchor Michael Cherry (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) ran down Poland’s Justyna Swiety-Ersetic within 120m and brought the baton home in a huge new world record of 3:09.34, knocking more than three seconds off the standard set by Team USATf in yesterday’s heats. With the win, Felix moved atop the all-time gold medal list in Worlds competition with 12, passing Usain Bolt.

Sandi soars to silver

Five straight first-attempt clearances through 4.90m/16-0.75 for Sandi Morris (Fayetteville, Arkansas) and Russia’s Anzhelika Sidorova led to a showdown for gold at 4.95m/16-2.75. Both women missed twice and then Morris suffered her third miss before the Russian calmly sailed over on her final attempt to clinch the win. Morris earned her second straight World Outdoors silver to go with the Olympic silver she won at Rio in 2016 and now has five medals in global competitions.

Katie Nageotte (Powder Springs, Georgia) rattled the bar on her final attempt at 4.80m/15-9 and it looked like it would stay up, but after a painful pause it fell, leaving her and Jenn Suhr (Churchville, New York) with bests of 4.70m/15-5 to tie for seventh.

Daniels caps off impressive worlds debut

U.S. champion Teahna Daniels (Austin, Texas) raced in her first global championship final at the senior level and had it all to do against one of the stronger fields in recent memory, finishing seventh in 11.19.

Running in the first semi against two of the heavy favorites to medal, Daniels had a strong second half of her race to finish third in 11.10. She qualified for the final based on time, edging out Switzerland’s Miriam Kambundji from semi two by the slightest of margins on the tiebreaker, 11.092-11.093.

English Gardner (Westampton, New Jersey) was in good position in the second semi before pulling up halfway through the race, and Morolake Akinosun (Austin, Texas) came through for fourth in a season’s best 11.17. Reigning champion Tori Bowie (San Diego, California) did not start her semifinal.

Additional advancements for Team USATF athletes

Pre-meet favorite Noah Lyles (Clermont, Florida) ran very conservatively in the men’s 200m opening round, foregoing his typical explosive curve for a more measured approach, coming off the turn with a slight lead in the final heat and then shutting it down over the final 10 meters to end up second in 20.26 and move on to the next round.

Rodney Rowe (Greensboro, North Carolina) ran 20.92 in heat 1 and Kenny Bednarek (Rice Lake, Wisconsin) clocked 21.50 in heat 4 and did not advance.

Three of four U.S. men qualified for the final of the men’s 800, though in quite different ways. USATF and Diamond League champion Donavan Brazier (Portland, Oregon) showed racing maturity in the second semifinal, content to hang in third through the bell at 52.46. With 250m to go, Brazier moved up on leader Marco Arop of Canada and on the run in he pulled away to win in 1:44.87. Brannon Kidder (Seattle, Washington) sprinted through to take fourth in 1:45.89 but did not advance.

After passing the 400 mark in the final semi in second in 53.15, Bryce Hoppel (Lawrence, Kansas) fell back a bit on the backstretch before a spirited run over the final 150m put the double NCAA champion into the final with a runner-up finish in 1:45.95, adding to his storybook season. Clayton Murphy (Portland, Oregon) ignored a superquick lead duo through the first lap of the first semi, passing 400m in 50.29, more than a second and a half behind. Off the last turn, Murphy made his move and sprinted to a third-place finish in 1:44.48, good enough to advance as the fastest time qualifier.

Mom power 

Day 3 competition concluded Monday morning with the women’s 20 km race walk at the Corniche. Olympian Maria Michta-Coffey (Farmingville, New York) impressively completed the event in 90 degree-temperature with 75.2% humidity, just four months after giving birth to her first child. Michta-Coffey finished in 1:46:02. 

Competition continues Monday afternoon with javelin qualification rounds and women’s 200m heats. See here for a full schedule. 

Day 4 - Monday, September 30


7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Same Day Delayed)

Olympic Channel

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Live)

Olympic Channel

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Live)

NBC Sports Gold

9:05 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. (Live - Track Events)

NBC Sports Gold

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Live - M Discus)

NBC Sports Gold

1:05 p.m. 3:45 p.m. (Live - W High Jump)

Medal Table

Gold (4)

Women’s Hammer, DeAnna Price, 77.54m

Men’s 100m, Christian Coleman, 9.76 WL

Men’s Triple Jump, Christian Taylor, 17.92m

Mixed 4x400 (Wil London, Allyson Felix, Courtney Okolo, Michael Cherry), 3:09.34 WR

Silver (4)

Men’s Long Jump, Jeff Henderson, 8.39m

Men’s 100m, Justin Gatlin, 9.89

Women’s Pole Vault, Sandi Morris, 4.90m

Men’s Triple Jump, Will Claye, 17.74m

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