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Gold rush for Team USATF’s men on day 5 of IAAF World Championships


DOHA -- Team USATF’s men turned Doha’s Khalifa International Stadium red, white and blue on day five of the IAAF World Championships, capturing three golds in the span of 30 minutes to end a night that saw a historic win, an American record, a champion defending his title and an emerging sprint superstar.

The U.S. strengthened its hold on the top of the medals table with 16 total, seven gold, and a dominant lead in the point standings with 151, more than double the next nation, China, which has 74.

Brazier breaks through with 800m history

Smashing Johnny Gray’s American record that had stood for 35 years, Donavan Brazier (Portland, Oregon) became the first U.S. man to win gold at the World Championships, destroying a quality field with his meet record 1:42.34. Brazier followed the pacing of Puerto Rico’s Wesley Vazquez through 400m in 49.21 and with 250m to go he surged to the lead. Passing 600m in 1:15.81, Brazier never looked back en route to the first American global gold in the two-lapper since Dave Wottle’s storied victory at the ‘72 Olympics.

Team USATF had three men in the final for the first time since 1995, and NCAA champion Bryce Hoppel (Lawrence, Kansas) capped off a fairytale season with a PR 1:44.25 in fourth. Clayton Murphy (Portland, Oregon) was eighth in 1:47.84.

Kendricks clutch in defending pole vault title

A see-saw battle between the two most recent owners of the American record was decided at 5.92m/19-5, when reigning World champion and current AR-holder Sam Kendricks (Oxford, Mississippi) went over first time after a gut-wrenching third attempt clearance at 5.87m/19-3.

Kendricks and Sweden’s Mondo Duplantis then took three tries each to get over 5.97m/19-7. When Duplantis missed for a third time at 6.02m/19-9, the gold was safely in Kendricks’ hands for the second time in a row.

Cole Walsh (Glendale, Arizona) made the opening height of 5.55m/18-2.5 on his second attempt but couldn’t navigate the next bar at 5.70m/18-8.25 and finished tied for 10th.

Lyles fulfills promise, sprints to 200m gold

The fourth fastest man in history and the world’s fastest in 2019, Noah Lyles (Clermont, Florida) won his first senior global title with a controlled 19.83 that turned back 2016 Olympic silver medalist Andre De Grasse of Canada and defending champion Ramil Guliyev of Turkey. It was the first U.S. gold in the 200m at the Worlds since Tyson Gay won in 2007.

Winger earns best U.S. finish ever in women’s javelin

After a tentative opening throw, American record-holder Kara Winger (Colorado Springs, Colorado) had four throws out past 202-feet, topped by a 63.23m/207-5 in the fifth stanza to place fifth, the best finish ever by a U.S. woman at the World Championships. Winger had the previous best American finish at Worlds, taking eighth in 2015.

Team USATF round advances propel contingent forward

Two semi wins and a second place finish made for a trio of U.S. women qualifying for the 200m final. NCAA champion Angie Annelus (Los Angeles, California) had a lot to do coming off the bend in the first semifinal, needing to place in the top two to advance for sure. She pushed through the line and outleaned Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundji to win by .008 in 22.49. USATF Indoors 300m champion Brittany Brown (Ontario, California) was convincing in semi two in the absence of Olympic champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica, clocking 22.46 for the win.

Typically a superquick starter, Dezerea Bryant (Clermont, Florida) stayed true to form and locked herself into qualifying position off the curve, finishing well to take second in the third semi in 22.56.

A pair of runner-up finishes placed two Team USATF women in the 400m final. Reigning champion Phyllis Francis (New York City, New York) made up the stagger on the Polish runner to her outside by the 100m mark and stayed in second behind Salwa Eid Naser the rest of the way to place second in the first semi in a season’s best 50.22, the sixth-fastest time of her career.

In the next semi, NCAA winner Wadeline Jonathas (Columbia, South Carolina) picked a good time to destroy her PR, catching Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson in the final stretch to take second behind Shaunae Miller-Uibo in 50.07, .37 faster than her previous lifetime best set at the U.S. championships in Des Moines. Jonathas had the third-fastest time overall.

Kendall Ellis (North Hollywood, California) finished third in the third semi in 51.58 but did not advance. U.S. champion Shakima Wimbley (Miami, Florida) was in contention in that section before pulling up coming into the final straight.

On the men’s side, all four U.S. men advanced to the semifinal, three automatically and one on time. 2019 word leader and Diamond League winner Michael Norman (Los Angeles, California) made 45.00 look very easy in heat four, having to step on it just a bit on the run in to ensure the win. Fred Kerley (College Station, Texas) assumed control of heat three on the backstretch and had a good lead coming off the final bend. Assuring he was in the top three, the USATF champion glided through the last 30m and took second in 45.19 to move on.

Running with 2011 World champion Kirani James just to his inside in heat two, Vernon Norwood (New Orleans, Louisiana) was pressured right from the gun. Norwood responded with a third-place finish in 45.59 to claim an automatic berth in the semifinal. Nathan Strother (Knoxville, Tennessee) left himself a big task over the last 100m of the final heat and shifted gears to move up to fifth, crossing the line in 45.71 and earning a time qualifier spot in the next round.

As expected, three U.S. women made it through to the 400m hurdles semifinal, led by the top two hurdlers in the world in 2019. Sydney McLaughlin (Los Angeles, California) had a stride lead on European champion Lea Sprunger through the first half of the first heat, but Sprunger pulled even into the homestretch. Over the final barrier, McLaughlin moved ahead and won in 54.45.

World record holder Dalilah Muhammad (Northridge, California) was a commanding presence in the third heat, never trailing on the way to a 54.87 win, but Rio bronze medalist Ashley Spencer (Austin, Texas) had to work hard in the final quarter of the race in heat four to gain one of the four automatic spots in the semifinal, placing fourth in 55.28.

Reigning world champion Kori Carter (Pflugerville, Texas) pulled up after the fifth hurdle in heat two.

One of the top 10 men on the 2019 world list, men’s 3,000m steeplechase American champion Hillary Bor (Colorado Springs, Colorado) was in the top three much of the race in heat three, leading on several occasions before finishing third in 8:20.67. He will be joined in the final by the other two U.S. athletes who made it based on time.

A quick first heat left Stanley Kebenei (Colorado Springs, Colorado) struggling to keep contact with the lead group of five. Kebenei held on for sixth in 8:19.02. In the next heat, Andy Bayer (Bloomington, Indiana) maintained his place in the top four of a slower section, holding third until coming off the final barrier where he was passed on the run in and placed fourth in 8:18.66.

Two-time American men’s hammer champion Rudy Winkler (Averill Park, New York) needed a big throw to qualify for his first World Championships final, and he got just that on his final attempt in group B, nailing a lifetime-best 77.06m/252-10 for the fourth-best throw overall and an automatic berth. He is the first U.S. man to make the final since Lance Deal in 1995.

A 74.88m/245-8 in round two of group A was not enough for U.S. champion Conor McCullough (Canoga Park, California) to qualify for the final. Also not advancing from that group was NCAA champion Daniel Haugh (Marietta, Georgia), who had a best of 72.85m/239-0.

Men’s high jump U.S. champion Jeron Robinson (Houston, Texas) needed three tries at 2.26m/7-5, then two at 2.29m/7-6 to secure his berth in the final. Shelby McEwen (Tuscaloosa, Alabama) narrowly missed advancing, losing out on fewer misses after needing three attempts at the opening height and going over 2.26m/7-5 second time. Keenon Laine (Athens, Georgia) cleared the opening height of 2.17m/7-1.5 and did not qualify for the final.

Day 6 - Wednesday, October 2


9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Live)

NBC Sports Gold

9:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. (Live - Track Events)

NBC Sports Gold

2:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. (M Hammer)

Medal Table

Gold (7)

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

Men’s 800m, Donavan Brazier, 1:42.34 AR/MR

Men’s Pole Vault, Sam Kendricks, 5.97m/19-7

Men’s 200m, Noah Lyles, 19.83

Silver (7)

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

Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase, Emma Coburn, 9:02.35

Women’s 800m, Raevyn Rogers, 1:58.18

Men’s 400m Hurdles, Rai Benjamin, 47.66

Bronze (2)

Women’s 800m, Ajee’ Wilson, 1:58.84

Women’s High Jump, Vashti Cunningham, 2.00m

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