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Holloway gold highlights Team USATF on day 6 of IAAF World Championships


DOHA -- A gold and silver from Team USATF’s youth corps highlighted day six competition at the IAAF World Championships in Khalifa International Stadium.

Resurrecting the form that saw him to an NCAA title and collegiate record in June, Grant Holloway (Gainesville, Florida) made it to the first hurdle first and never relinquished his lead, powering through the barriers to take gold in 13.10. It was the 10th 110m hurdles medal in World Championships history for Team USATF. 

Holloway, who earlier won the first semi in the same time, matched his third-best time ever as he turned back reigning World and Olympic champion Omar McLeod of Jamaica and 2015 champ Sergey Shubenkov of Russia.

Devon Allen (Phoenix, Arizona), who made it to the final as a time qualifier, ended up seventh in 13.70.

Producing the first medal in the 200m by a U.S. woman since 2011, Brittany Brown (Ontario, California) ran a superb final 100m to claim silver with a lifetime-best 22.22, shaving .11 off her previous PR from the semifinal. Demonstrating Team USATF’s superior sprint depth, NCAA champion Angie Annelus (Los Angeles, California) was fourth in 22.59 and USATF Outdoors champion Dezerea Bryant (Clermont, Florida) fifth in 22.63.

The first U.S. man in a hammer final since 1995, Rudy Winkler (Averill Park, New York) threw his best of 75.20m/246-9 in the second round and placed 11th.

With the pair of medals, the U.S. moved to 18 total, eight of them gold. In the team point standings, the American lead is 177-79 over China, the next best nation.

Kerley cool and collected en route to 400m final

Making up the stagger on Emmanuel Korir of Kenya to his outside by the 150m mark, U.S. champion Fred Kerley (College Station, Texas) then went into cruise control and polished off a jaunty 44.25 to win the first semifinal. Nathan Strother (Knoxville, Tennessee) ended up seventh behind Kerley in 45.34.

Vernon Norwood (New Orleans, Louisiana) saw none of his competitors from lane nine in the second semi until he hit the homestretch. Norwood drifted back in the final 50m and placed fourth in 45.00, missing out on the final. Battling a nagging injury issue, Michael Norman (Los Angeles, California) had a good start in the final semi but backed off midway through and finished seventh in 45.94.

Women’s 400m hurdles

A terrific trio of U.S. hurdlers advanced to the final with two semi wins by the world’s two fastest women. The fastest time of the semis came from Sydney McLaughlin (Los Angeles, California) in the final section. McLaughlin paced herself well through the first six barriers and then eased away to take a one stride lead over the next hurdle. Hurdling well through the finish, she clocked 53.81.

Establishing a lead by the second hurdle, world record-holder Dalilah Muhammad (Northridge, California) pushed the pace through the first six hurdles and was smooth to the finish, winning the first semi in 53.91.

Off quickly in lane eight of semi two, Ashley Spencer (Austin, Texas) had a lead coming off the eighth hurdle and into the home straight, but she gave up some ground approaching the finish, hitting the final barrier, and ended up third in 54.42. With that, Spencer took one of the two time qualifier spots in the final.

Women’s 1500m

Three-time World Championships medalist Jenny Simpson (Boulder, Colorado), the 2011 champion, led all three Team USATF women to the next round, winning the third heat in 4:07.27. Nikki Hiltz (San Diego, California) was the fastest of the American trio, placing third in the first section in 4:04.00, and Shelby Houlihan (Portland, Oregon) barely broke a sweat in taking fourth in the second heat in 4:08.51.

Women’s 5,000m

A timely lifetime best of 14:52.41 earned Karissa Schweizer (Portland, Oregon) an automatic berth in the final, placing her second in the first heat. Schweizer’s time vaulted her to No. 7 on the all-time U.S. performers list and knocked more than nine seconds off her previous PR. Falling victim to some heavy contact during that heat, Elinor Purrier (Montgomery, Vermont) gamely ran on to a 15:08.82 in ninth place and sneaked into the final as the last time qualifier.

Rachel Schneider (Flagstaff, Arizona) got caught in the slower initial pace of the second heat and could not maintain contact when the leaders surged, finishing eighth in 15:30.00.

Women’s Shot Put

2016 Olympic champion Michelle Carter (Grand Prairie, Texas) and Maggie Ewen (St. Francis, Minnesota) were one and done in qualifying, surpassing the automatic qualifying standard on their first attempts. Ewen had the second best throw of the day with a 19.21m/63-0.25, while Carter popped an 18.85m/61-10.25. USATF Outdoors winner Chase Ealey (Chacon, New Mexico) had to sweat it out until the third round, when she hit 18.35m/60-2.5 to finish 10th overall and advance to the final.

Women’s Discus Throw

NCAA champion Laulauga Tausaga (Iowa City, Iowa) picked a propitious time for a PR, launching a 63.94m/209-9 in round two of group B to automatically advance to the final. Team USATF will have two women in the final, with U.S. champion Valarie Allman (Stanford, California) nabbing the last qualifying berth with a 62.25m/204-2 on her third throw in group A. Kelsey Card (Madison, Wisconsin) did not move on with a best of 61.32m/201-2, placing 14th.

Women’s Heptathlon - Day 1

Kendell Williams (Marietta, Georgia) was certainly ready for a late-season World Championships, as evidenced by her stunning 12.58 in the 100m hurdles to open the competition. That broke the previous U.S. heptathlon hurdles record of 12.65, set by Hyleas Fountain in 2008. Running in the same section, Erica Bougard (Chula Vista, California) clocked 13.01 and Chari Hawkins (San Diego, California) went 13.23. In the second section, Annie Kunz (College Station, Texas) sliced her PR to 13.27.

The next three events saw Kunz clear a season’s best 1.80m/5-10.75 in the high jump, where Bougard had a solid effort of 1.86m/6-1.25 and Williams struggled and finished with a best of 1.77m/5-9.75. Kunz again produced a season’s best in the shot put with a throw of 14.58m/47-10 and Hawkins went one better with a PR 13.59m/44-7. Williams rebounded with a season’s best 23.62 to close the day in the 200m, putting her third in the point standings with 3,855. Bougard completed the day two points back of Williams, and Kunz made it a 3-4-5 Team USATF effort with 3,840. Hawkins is 11th with 3,702.

Men’s Decathlon - Day 1

Solomon Simmons (Murrieta, California) was the best of the American trio on day one of the men’s multis, ranking eighth with 4,258 points. Devon Williams (Athens, Georgia), the U.S. champion, sits 13th with 4,142, and two places behind him Harrison Williams (Memphis, Tennessee) tallied 4,130. 

Day 7 - Thursday, October 3


9:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Live)

NBC Sports Gold

9:15 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. (Live - Track Events)

NBC Sports Gold

3:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (W Shot Put)

Medal Table

Gold (8)

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

Men’s 110m Hurdles, Grant Holloway, 13.10

Silver (8)

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

Women’s 200m, Brittany Brown, 22.22

Bronze (2)

Women’s 800m, Ajee’ Wilson, 1:58.84

Women’s High Jump, Vashti Cunningham, 2.00m

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