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DeAnna Price’s Continental Cup win earns her USATF Athlete of the Week


DeAnna Price (DeSoto, Illinois) upset world record-holder Anita Wlodarczyk in the women’s hammer at the IAAF Continental Cup to earn USATF Athlete of the Week for the second time in 2018.

Competing for the first time under innovative rules that featured a head-to-head battle with Wlodarczyk in the fifth and final round, Price unleashed her best throw of the day with a 75.46m/247-7 that topped the two-time defending Olympic and World champion’s effort by more than seven feet.

Other notable performances from the weekend:

Jenny Simpson — Simpson won her sixth straight, and seventh overall, 5th Avenue Mile in 4:18.9, overcoming rain and wet pavement to hold off a fast-closing Colleen Quigley.

Christian Taylor — Returning to the stadium where his international career started 11 years ago, Taylor dominated the triple jump at the Continental Cup in Ostrava, spanning 17.59m/57-8.5. He also ran the opening leg on the victorious mixed 4x400m relay.

Jenny Hitchings —Hitchings broke the Women's 55-59 American Record for the 10 Mile Run at the Buffalo Stampede 10 Mile Run in Sacramento, CA on Sunday, September 9th. Her 1:01:20 broke the existing record by over a minute as she finished 10th Overall, 2nd Woman and 1st Female Masters Runner.

Paul Chelimo — Chelimo out-dueled Canada’s Mo Ahmed to take top honors in the 3,000m at the Continental Cup, avoiding elimination on the way to a 7:57.13.

Sara Hall — Hall won the USATF women’s 20K championships at New Haven by 16 seconds in 1:09:04 in steamy conditions.

Leonard Korir — Korir was the men’s USATF 20K champion at New Haven with a 60:17 effort, winning his second title in three years by 12 seconds.

Now in its 17th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

2018 Winners: January 4, Brian Herron; January 11, Katelyn Tuohy; January 18, Molly Huddle; January 25, Christian Coleman; February 1, Sonja Friend-Uhl; February 8, Emily Infeld; February 15, Kendra Harrison; February 22, Christian Coleman; March 1, Sydney McLaughlin; March 8, Courtney Okolo; March 15, Da’mira Allen; March 22, Lesley Hinz; March 29, Caitlin Collier; April 4, Sydney McLaughlin; April 11, Maria Michta-Coffey; April 18, Desiree Linden; April 25, Twanisha Terry; May 3, Jenny Simpson; May 10, Galen Rupp; May 17, Tori Franklin;May 24, Robyn Stevens; May 31, Ryan Crouser; June 6, DeAnna Price; June 13, Michael Norman; June 20, Alyssa Wilson; June 27, Shelby Houlihan; July 5, Neil Howard III; July 11, Bernard Lagat; July 18, Eric Harrison Jr.; July 25, Courtney Frerichs; August 3, Sianni Wynn; August 8, Lopez Lomong; August 15, Taylor Ewert; August 23, David Angell; August 30, Ronnie Baker; September 6, Christian Coleman; September 13, DeAnna Price.

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