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Grace’s win at The Match earns her USATF Athlete of the Week honors


INDIANAPOLIS -- Kate Grace (Portland, Oregon) won the women’s 1,500m at The Match - USA vs. Europe in Minsk to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.

Grace, eighth in the 2016 Olympic final at 800m, streaked past the field in the final lap at Dinamo Stadium, covering the last 400m in less than 62 seconds to cross the line in a lifetime-best 4:02.49 and win by more than two seconds over Team USATF teammate Shannon Osika. The U.S. took three of the top four places, with Elise Cranny notching a PR 4:05.83 in fourth. Grace started in the middle of the pack, covering the first circuit in 66.62 in fourth place, then eased into third as she passed 800m in 2:12.15. Running off Osika’s shoulder at the bell, she was just .04 behind at 3:00.66 and she made her decisive move with less than 300m to go.

Full results are here.

Other notable performances from the previous week:

Darrell Hill — Hill won the shot put at The Match in Minsk with a season’s best of 22.35m/73-4.

Mike Rodgers — Rodgers won the men’s 100m and helped Team USATF to gold in the 4x100m relay at The Match.

Maggie Ewen — Ewen launched the women’s shot put a personal-best 19.47m/63-10.5 to win at The Match.

Kara Winger — Winger had the ninth-best throw in American history, winning the women’s javelin at The Match with a 64.63m/212-0.

Woody Kincaid — Kincaid moved to No. 5 on the all-time U.S. 5,000m list with his 12:58.10 at the Portland 5000.

Now in its 18th 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.


2019 Winners: January 9, Nick Christie; January 16, Hillary Bor; January 23, Taylor Ewert; January 30, Devin Dixon; February 6, Alison Wood; February 13, Ajee’ Wilson; February 20, Abbabiya Simbassa; February 27, Athing Mu; March 6, Neringa Jakstiene; March 13, Grant Holloway; March 20, Robyn Stevens; March 27, Deena Kastor; April 3, Irene Obera; April 10, Stanley Kebenei; April 17, Israel Merkle; April 24, Ryan Crouser; May 1, Emily Sisson; May 8, Kayla White; May 15, Parker Stinson; May 22, Kenny Bednarek; May 29, Sha’Carri Richardson; June 6, Brooke Andersen; June 12, Sha’Carri Richardson; June 19, Kayla Davis; June 26, Jordan Gray; July 3, Will Claye; July 10, Noah Lyles; July 17, Florence Meiler; July 24, Matthew Boling; July 31, Dalilah Muhammad; August 7, Cory McGee; August 14, Kara Winger; August 21, Leonard Korir; August 28, Will Claye; September 4, Donavan Brazier; September 11, Sara Hall; September 18, Kate Grace.


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