Mary Cain (Bronxville, N.Y.), who turned 17 years old in May of this year, has spent a significant amount of the 2013 track and field season accomplishing things no one else has. There have been high school records, junior records and she is likely the first to carry a toy duck through a mixed zone, which she did at the USA Outdoor Championships.
Even on Tuesday, as part of Team USA at the IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Moscow, Russia, she did something no one else had done – she became the youngest women’s 1500m finalist the World Championships have seen. If she were to win gold in Thursday’s final, she would become the youngest gold medalist in the history of the World Championships. If she were to earn a medal, she would become the youngest to ever medal in the event at the World Championships.
At such a young age, her incredible results and big smile have caught national attention and most eyes will be focused on the women’s 1500m, which will be the final event of Thursday’s evening session in Moscow.
Meanwhile, Jenny Simpson, the reigning World Outdoor champion in the women’s 1500m, has a chance to join elite company as well in becoming one of just four women to win two World Outdoor titles in the event.
You can follow Cain and Simpson competing Thursday in the women’s 1500m final and full recaps and results from all of Team USA as it competes in the IAAF World Outdoor Championships on www.usatf.org.