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Gia Lewis-Smallwood wins USATF Athlete of the Week

9/3/2014
 
INDIANAPOLIS -- Gia Lewis-Smallwood earns USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week after a record-setting performance at Decanation, an international, 10-discipline meet held by the French Athletics Federation on Aug. 30 in Angers, France.
 
Lewis-Smallwood (Champaign, Illinois) set the American Record in women’s discus at the French event when she tossed 69.17m/226-11 to improve the previous mark 67.74m/222-3, by almost five feet.
 
She also finished second overall in Diamond League standings with 13 points.
 
Other strong performances during the week included:
 
  • Molly Huddle (Providence, Rhode Island) won her second consecutive USA Running Circuit title Monday morning at the USA 20 km Championships in New Haven, Connecticut. Huddle pulled away at mile seven and never looked back. She finished in 1:08:34, twenty seconds up on runner-up Amy Hastings.
  • Christian Taylor (Fayetteville, Georgia) highlighted another exciting triple jump contest as he and Will Claye traded top marks, saving their bests for last. Taylor leaped 17.52m/57-5.75 for first place and the Diamond League trophy. Taylor won the trophy by four points.
  • Reese Hoffa (Athens, Georgia) clinched the men’s shot put Diamond League trophy with the third biggest throw of the year, 21.88m/71-9.5 in Zurich. Hoffa won by the title by 10 points.
  • Tianna Bartoletta (Tampa, Florida) won the Diamond League title in women’s long jump after a second-place finish at the Zurich meeting. Bartoletta jumped 6.76m/22-2.25.
 
Now in its 13th 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 www.usatf.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
 
2014 Winners: January 15, Chris Derrick; January 22, Galen Rupp; January 29, Galen Rupp; February 5, Alexa Efraimson; February 12, Mike Rutt; Feb. 19, Bernard Lagat; Feb. 26,Sharon Day-Monroe; March 3, David Torrence; March 13, Francena McCorory; March 19, Irene Obera; March 26, Duane Solomon; April 2, Maria Michta; April 7, Noah Lyles; April 14, Kendell Williams; April 21, Meb Keflezighi; April 28, Kristi Castlin; May 7, Maria Michta; May 14, Erik Kynard; May 21, Emma Coburn; May 28, Brenda Martinez; June 2, Galen Rupp; June 9, Tori Bowie; June 16, Trayvon Bromell; June 23, Charles Austin; June 30, Devon Allen, July 7, Kaylin Whitney; July 14, Emma Coburn; July 21, Florence Meiler; July 28, Kaylin Whitney; August 4, Ed Burke; August 11, Cierra White; Aug. 21, Gwen Berry; Aug. 27, Myles Marshall; Sept. 3, Gia Lewis Smallwood.
 
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