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Double gold and a new world record on a four-medal night for Team USATF

9/28/2019
 

DOHA — Streaking faster than the light show during the event intros, Christian Coleman (Atlanta, Georgia) ran away with gold in the men’s 100 meters and led a 1-2 Team USATF finish with his 9.76, the fastest time in the world this year, on Day 2 of IAAF World Championships at Khalifa Stadium. 


Fans can watch a replay of today’s competition on NBC Sports Gold. Full results here


Coleman’s time elevated him to sixth on the world all-time list and gave him a .13 margin over 2017 champion Justin Gatlin (Clermont, Florida) as the two switched positions from the London final. It was the fifth time in World Championships history that the U.S. went 1-2 and Gatlin earned his fifth career medal in the event, the most by any man in Worlds history.


The Price is RIGHT!

A historic win was sealed on the first attempt in the women’s hammer by DeAnna Price (Saint Charles, Missouri) as she captured the first U.S. gold and first medal ever in the event at a global championship. Price, the American record holder, launched a 76.87m/252-2 opener and then improved in round three with a 77.54/254-5 that ranks as the all-time No. 5 US performance. Only six women in history, including Price, have ever thrown farther.


Henderson earns Silver

Peaking at just the right time, 2016 Olympic champion Jeff Henderson (San Diego, California) sailed  a season’s best 8.39m/27-6.5 on his third attempt to claim silver, his first medal at a World Championships. Henderson was buoyed by his opening leap of 8.28m/27-2, his second best jump of the year at that point, and two rounds later he hit his biggest jump.


Solid top 10 in 10,000m for Team USATF women

Just like in London two years ago, the U.S. ended up with three women in the top 10 of the women's 10,000m. Marielle Hall (Portland, Oregon) set a lifetime best of 31:05.71 to take eighth, with Molly Huddle (Providence, Rhode Island) ninth in 31:07.24 and Emily Sisson (Scottsdale, Arizona) 10th in 31:12.56. Hall’s time moved her to No. 6 on the American all-time performers list.


Rounds and rounds we go

In the inaugural run of the mixed 4x400m relay at the World Championships, Team USATF’s quartet threw down the gauntlet with a world record in the first round. Tyrell Richard (Georgetown, South Carolina) ran even with Jamaica on the opening leg and then three-time Worlds 4x400m gold medalist Jessica Beard (College Station, Texas) opened a five meter gap. Jasmine Blocker (New orleans, Louisiana) maintained that cushion with a 51.17 carry to hand off to anchorman Obi Igbokwe (Houston, Texas) with a comfortable lead. Igbokwe polished off the record run with a 45.44 split, crossing the line in 3:12.42 to break the old standard by almost a second.


All four U.S. women advanced to the 100m semi-finals, led by USATF Outdoors champion Teahna Daniels (Austin, Texas) and English Gardner (Westampton, New Jersey), who both clocked 11.20 to finish second in their heats. Morolake Akinosun (Austin, Texas) was third in her section at 11.23, while defending champion Tori Bowie (San Diego, California) eased through with an 11.30.


All four U.S. men made it through a tough 800m qualifying round with three making it automatically and one on time. Fresh off a scare of the American record to win the Diamond League final, Donavan Brazier (Portland, Oregon) stayed in third for much of the first heat before pushing the pedal to move to the front 10 meters from the line and win in 1:46.04.


Racing with the savvy that carried him to the NCAA title in June, Bryce Hoppel (Lawrence, Kansas) kept out of trouble in a closely-packed group and just missed winning the fourth heat with his 1:46.01 in second. 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Clayton Murphy (Portland, Oregon) was third at the bell and looked to be a comfortable qualifier in the final heat but had to goose the gas coming to the line to ensure his automatic spot with a second-place 1:45.62.


At the back of a six-man pack coming into the final stretch of heat two, Brannon Kidder (Seattle, Washington) made a mad dash on the outside to grab fourth in 1:46.29 and advanced to the semis as the final time qualifier.


Twinning was winning for training partners in the women’s 800m as Team USATF scored a hat trick of qualifiers for the final. Going straight to the front in the first semifinal, Raevyn Rogers (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) hit 400m at 57.88 and staved off Uganda’s Winnie Nanyondo to win in 1:59.57. In a mirror image effort, Ajee’ Wilson (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) also took control of semi two right away, though her first lap of 59.40 was slower than Rogers. Injecting a hint of pace off the final bend, WIlson won in 2:00.31.


Ce’Aira Brown (Peekskill, New York) avoided theatrics at the front of the pack in the final section, coming through over the final 100m to finish third in 2:00.12 and advance as a time qualifier.


Toyota USATF Outdoors champion Sam Mattis (Highland Park, New Jersey) used a second-round 63.96m/209-10 in group B to finish ninth overall and qualify as the lone American representative for the final. 2017 bronze medalist Mason Finley (Kansas City, Missouri) had a best of 63.22m/207-5 on his only legal throw in the first group, the seventh-best mark in his section, but finished outside the top 12. Finley’s mark was the longest not to qualify for a final in Worlds history. Brian Williams (Chula Vista, California) threw 60.48m/198-5 in round two and also did not advance.


All about the Benjamin (and Holmes)

From the gun in the final semi Rai Benjamin (Los Angeles, California) never saw his main competition to his inside, sprinting to a lead over local favorite Abderrahmane Samba and then cruising safely to a 48.52 win. TJ Holmes (St. Petersburg, Florida) was in contention for an automatic berth in the final but lost some ground over the final two barriers and ended up third in section two in 48.67 and claimed one of two time qualifier spots. Amere Lattin (Houston, Texas) was fifth in the first section in 49.20.


Showing he won’t let go of his World title willingly, American record holder Sam Kendricks (Oxford, Mississippi) jumped once at each height through the auto standard of 5.75m/18-10.25 to easily qualify for the final. Cole Walsh (Glendale, Arizona) also made it, but with a bit more drama as he needed two tries at his first two heights and then a third attempt at 5.70m/18-8.25 before sailing over the auto mark first time.


A pair of collegians just finished with their freshman seasons, KC Lightfoot (Lee’s Summit, Missouri) and Zach Bradford (Bloomington, Illinois) went over 5.60m/18-4.5 and did not advance.


A majestic race from Coleman in the first semi gave him a dominant win in 9.88. His margin of victory (0.24) was the largest in the history of World semifinals. It came down to a matter of inches in the second semi for defending champion Gatlin, who was third in 10.09, the same time as Jamaica’s Yohan Blake. Blake got the nod by a thousandth of a second (10.086-10.087), but Gatlin’s time was good enough to earn him a spot in the final.


Michael Rodgers (Georgetown, Texas) was fifth in the final semi with a 10.12 and did not advance.


In the men’s long jump final, Steffin McCarter (Austin, Texas) had an off nite with three fouls while in the women’s hammer final, Gwen Berry (St. Louis, Missouri) put all three throws into the net and didn’t advance.


Fight to the finish

Day 2 competition concluded Sunday morning with the women’s 50 km race walk, where Katie Burnett (Bellevue, Washington) ranked as high as 8th place at one point, yet felt sick as the race went on and experienced pain in her left hip. She fought hard and finished in 17th in 5:23:05. 


Sunday’s competition begins with the women’s pole vault final and men’s 200m heats. See here for a full schedule. 







Day 3 - Sunday, September 29

All times EST

NBC

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Live)

NBCSN

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Live)

NBC Sports Gold

12:15 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. (Live - Track Events)

NBC Sports Gold

2:20 p.m. - 4:35 p.m. (Live - M Triple Jump)

NBC Sports Gold

1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. (Live - W Pole Vault)

NBC Sports Gold

4:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. (Live - W 20km Walk)



Medal Table

Gold

Women’s Hammer, DeAnna Price, 77.54

Men’s 100m, Christian Coleman, 9.76 WL


Silver

Men’s Long Jump, Jeff Henderson, 8.39m

Men’s 100m, Justin Gatlin, 9.89



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