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Hall’s 20K title defense earns her USATF Athlete of the Week honors

9/12/2019
 

INDIANAPOLIS -- Sara Hall (Flagstaff, Arizona) won her second straight USATF 20K title to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.


At the Faxon Law New Haven Road Race, Hall and Katy Jermann jumped to the lead early and never looked back, establishing themselves up front and putting a large gap on the rest of the field by the first 5 km. As the duo continued to grow their lead, they passed through four miles in 21:29, then ran through the half-way 10 km mark in 33:27. However, as the second half of the race came about, Hall started to pull away from Jermann, putting in a small surge to test Jermann and ultimately putting a gap on her chief competitor. Hall used her experience on the New Haven course to race well within herself, crossing the finish line in 1:06:47, more than two minutes faster than her winning effort in 2018 and 1:52 in front of runner-up Jermann.


Full results are here.


Other notable performances from the previous week:


John Cody Risch — Risch won the men’s title at the USATF 5K Race Walk Championships in 22:03.51.

Heather Durrant — Durrant was the women’s winner at the USATF 5K Race Walk Championships in 25:50.80.

Leonard Korir — Korir repeated as champion of the USATF 20K Championships at New Haven, clocking 59:06 to win by 26 seconds.

Christian Taylor — Taylor won his seventh Diamond League trophy in the triple jump, equaling the most ever in any event, and set a meet record at Brussels with his ancillary mark of 17.66m/57-11.25. Taylor’s winning effort of 17.85m/58-6.75 was slightly wind-aided.

Noah Lyles — Lyles was the men’s 200m winner at the Brussels Diamond League final in 19.74, becoming the first man to win the sprint double in the DL final.

Michael Norman — Norman avenged his loss to Fred Kerley at USATF nationals, winning the Diamond League title in Brussels with a 44.26.

Ajee’ Wilson — Wilson became the first American woman to win the Diamond League 800m title, clocking 2:00.24 at Brussels.



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 USATF.org. 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.

 

We welcome your nominations!


To nominate an athlete for USATF Athlete of the Week, please send a detailed email about his/her performance to communications@usatf.org.

 

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