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Lyles Speeds to First U.S. Gold in Bydgoszcz


BYDGOSZCZ, Poland -- Noah Lyles claimed the title of Fastest Current Teenager on Earth, winning the 100 meters at the 2016 IAAF World Under-20 Championships on Wednesday at Zawisza Stadium.

Lyles (Alexandria, Virginia), who set an American Junior record in the 200m at the Olympic Trials, got out of the blocks well and moved away from the field over the final 20 meters to run 10.17 in the final as he claimed the first gold for Team USA in Bydgoszcz.

Matching Bronson Osborn’s feat in the men’s shot put from day one, Alyssa Wilson (Toms River, New Jersey) claimed bronze in the women's shot put with a mark of 16.33m/53-7 on her only legal throw of the competition in round two. Elena Bruckner (San Jose, California) placed seventh with a mark of 15.73m/51-7.25.

The United States now has three medals -- one gold, two bronze -- at these Championships. Germany and Poland lead the medal table with three as well, ranking higher than the U.S. because each nation has two golds apiece.

Ja'Mari Ward (Cahokia, Illinois) placed sixth in the long jump final with a mark of 7.68m/25-2.5 (+0.0).

Setting a personal best in the final event, Cale Wagner (Seward, Nebraska) ended up eighth in the decathlon with 7,510 points. Wagner clocked a PR 4:35.67 in the 1500m to help move him up from 11th-place after the javelin.

Alliyah Miller (McKinney, Texas) and Samantha Watson (Henrietta, New York) had the top two times of the 800m semifinals. Miller won heat one in 2:04.36, while Watson -- like Miller -- cruised to the win in heat three (2:04.50).

Katie Rainsberger (Colorado Springs, Colorado) ran a personal best 9:00.62 to place seventh in the 3,000 meters final. Her time was the second-fastest absolute performance among American high-schoolers all-time (Alexa Efraimson - 9:00.16), and the fifth fastest by a teenage American. Efraimson’s time was recorded indoors so Rainsberger ran the fastest outdoor 3k by an American prep all-time. Kate Murphy (Alexandria, Virginia) was 12th in 9:17.01.

Turning in the second-fastest time of the semifinals, Lynna Irby (Indianapolis, Indiana) won her section of the women’s 400m in a season-best 51.90 to advance to the final. Karrington Winters (New Albany, Ohio - Ohio State) just missed moving on despite running a PR 53.04.

Both Team USA men qualified for the final of the 110m hurdles, with Marcus Krah winning semifinal two in 13.36, the second-fastest time overall, and Amere Lattin taking second in semi one in 13.39, third quickest overall.

A third-attempt clearance at 2.16m/7-1 earned Darius Carbin a berth in the final of the men’s high jump, joining 12 other men who scaled that height.



MEN’S 100M

1. Noah Lyles: 10.17 (+0.2)



3. Alyssa Wilson: 16.33m/53-7

7. Elena Bruckner: 15.73m/51-7.25



6. Ja'Mari Ward: 7.68m/25-2.5 (+0.0)


WOMEN'S 3,000M

7. Katie Rainsberger: 9:00.62

12. Kate Murphy: 9:17.01


8. Cale Wagner: 7.5


110M HURDLES (semifinals)

2. Marcus Krah: 13.36Q (-0.1)

3. Amere Lattin: 13.39Q (+0.6)

[Final Thursday evening]

100M (semifinal)

2. Noah Lyles: 10.22Q (+0.2)

15. Hakim Montgomery: 10.53 (-0.6)

[final Wednesday evening]


HIGH JUMP (qualification)

Darius Carbin

Michael Burke II



400M (semifinals)

2. Lynna Irby: 51.90Q

9. Harrington Winters: 53.04

[final Thursday evening]


800M (Semifinals)

1. Aaliyah Miller: 2:04.36Q

2. Samantha Watson: 2:04.50Q
[final Thursday evening]

Wednesday Morning Session Report - Eleven Americans Advance
Thirteen Americans -- eight men and five women -- advanced during the Wednesday morning session.

Elena Bruckner (San Jose, California) qualified for her second throws final in as many days as she qualified automatically to the same-night shot put final with an efficient first-attempt mark of 15.50m/50-10.25. Bruckner advanced to the discus final the previous night, also surpassing the automatic-qualifier mark on her first attempt.

Bruckner had the fifth-best shot put qualifying mark, while teammate Alyssa Wilson (Toms River, New Jersey) placed seventh in qualification with a mark of 15.37m/50-5.25 (q).

Team USA hurdlers turned in the the second and third fastest times of the 110m hurdles (99 cm.) heats, both performances coming in heat-winning efforts. Amere Lattin (Missouri City, Texas - Houston) ran 13.46Q (-0.1), and Marcus Krah (Durham, North Carolina) ran 13.48Q (nwi).

Candace Hill (Conyers, Georgia) and Celera Barnes (Ventura, California) both advanced automatically through to the 100m semifinal. Hill - the 2015 World U18 Champion at 100m and 200m - won her heat in a smooth 11.43Q (-0.8). Barnes placed second in her heat, running 11.51Q (+1.7). Hill and Barnes had the third and fifth-fastest prelim times, respectively.

Armani Wallace (Orlando - Florida State) and Charles Brown Jr. (Wichita Falls, Texas - Texas Tech) both qualified for the men's triple jump final. They each had to come through in the clutch, improving placing into qualifying position with their final-round jumps.

Wallace moved up into fifth overall with a third-jump mark of 16.04m/52-7.5 (+0.1 m/s). Then Charles Brown Jr. moved into seventh place reaching a mark of 15.97m/52-4.75.

Anna Cockrell (Charlotte, North Carolina) cruised through the first round of the women's 400h as she won her heat in a strong 56.85, the fastest time of the day.

Kahmari Montgomery (Plainfield, Illinois - Missouri) - 2016 Southeastern Conference Champion indoors and outdoors - won his prelim 400m heat in 46.46Q. Wilbert London III (Waco, Texas - Baylor) placed second in heat two to advance automatically in his 400m prelim in 47.23Q. Montgomery’s time was fourth-fastest of the prelims, while London’s time ranked 17th.

Both of the Americans entered into men's hammer throw qualification advanced to the final.

Robert Colantonio Jr. (Barrington, Rhode Island) had the 10th-best qualifying mark: 71m/232-11. Adam Kelly (Barrington, Rhode Island - Princeton) had the 11th-best mark of qualification: 70.98m/232-10.

Cale Wagner (Seward, Nebraska - Nebraska) dropped in the standings some during the first three day-two decathlon events. Through eight events he’s in 12th place with 6171 points.

Team USA has won 210 medals at the IAAF World U20 Championships since the competition was first held in 1986 in Athens. Team USA has won 95 golds to date, 54 by men and 41 by women.

The IAAF World U20 Championships were previously known as the IAAF World Junior Championships before undergoing a rebranding heading into 2016. The last World U20 (then known as Junior) Championships was held in Eugene, Oregon in 2014.

Field events at the World U20 Championships are employing a new competition protocol in finals.

Twelve competitors will qualify for each final. Qualifying marks are wiped out at the start of the final. The field of 12 will get three attempts before being cut to the top six. The remaining six athletes will receive one more attempt, as opposed to the prior protocol of three more, for a total of six attempts.

The best mark after each competitor has made four attempts will win.

The U.S. U20 team was selected based on performances at the USATF Junior Championships from June 24-26 in Clovis, California.

Bydgoszcz hosted the World U20 Championships in 2008. The city is the first to host the World U20 Championships twice.

Follow the World U20 Championships on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using #Bydogszcz2016, and watch on Universal HD and the NBC Sports app. NBC will be live streaming the final two days of coverage – Saturday, July 23 from 11 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. ET. and Sunday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. ET.


Athlete quotes
Noah Lyles (Alexandria, Virginia) - 100m
On how he feels after winning the gold medal …
“I don’t think it was my fastest time, but I think it was probably my most composed race. I was able to push through everything. I feel very confident in my racing ability. I was able to come out here and score one for the USA.”

On his recent run of results ...
“It’s been a long three weeks from (U.S.) Junior Trials to Olympic Trials to now out here running the 100. I was surprised I was able to do all of this.”

Alyssa Wilson (Toms River, New Jersey) - shot put
On earning the bronze medal …
“I’m just excited that I came back from the qualification round, where I didn’t do so well. I kind of had to redo myself.”

On her bronze-medal throw
“I think I got pumped up for that one. I told myself I have to get at least one good one in there to medal on the podium. I just set my mind to go for it.”

On her expectations entering the meet ...
“Tonight coming in I just wanted to make the podium. I’m happy I did that.”

Aaliyah Miller (McKinney, Texas) - 800m
On her semifinal heat …
“I tried to keep out of the pack and I just focused on my race. I just wanted to get one of the automatic qualifier spots. Once I did that I knew I could just cruise home. This race was a big confidence booster for me.”

On staying in front of the pack most of the race …
“I was nervous going out with the leaders, but I didn’t want her to get too far in front. I think I ran a smart race.”

Cale Wagner (Seward, Nebraska)

On his decathlon season culminating at the World U20 Championships …
“Nobody ever wants to run the 1,500m at the end of the decathlon. That was a big PR for me in the 1,500m. I wanted to get up into eighth place so I feel good that I did that.”

On this season overall …
“This is only my first year doing the decathlon. I’m excited to see what’s to come. I feel like there are a lot more exciting things in store.”

Lynna Irby (Indianapolis) - 400m
On the difference between the semifinal and the first round …
“I was definitely more nervous for the semifinal than I was for the prelim. I had to go out there to make the final.”

On her expectations for the final …
“The only expectation I have for myself is to make sure I’m representing Team USA in the best manner possible.”

Amere Lattin (Missouri City, Texas) - 110m hurdles

On his first race of the World U20 Championships…

“It felt nice and easy. I mean it was a good round, and progressing nicely through the rounds is going to be the biggest thing.”

On dealing with a delayed start and false start …
“It was hectic. You had a false start, and then the official kept telling another competitor to watch hishands -- too close to the start line. But I like pressure. Also I’m running a bunch of events so this is fun right now.”

On coming to Poland …
“So far it’s been all fun. I’m having a lot of fun with Team USA.”

Marcus Krah (Durham, North Carolina) - 110m hurdles
On starting out the competition …
“I have to make sure I’m even more focused. I have to trust in my talent and ability.”

On how the race went …
“It felt pretty good. I had to make sure I had a good start, which I did. I’m just going to take it round by round and we’ll see.”

Anna Cockrell (Charlotte, North Carolina) - 400m hurdles
On her race strategy …
“I felt really good. I took it out really hard the first 100m and relaxed from there.”

On how she’s felt the past few weeks having competed at U.S. U20 Championships and Olympic Team Trials …
“I’m feeling really good. I felt good coming in, and practices have gone well since the Trials.”

Candace Hill (Conyers, Georgia) - 100m
On this year’s World U20 Championships compared with World U18 Championships last year…
“This year I have more experience. I ran against some of these women’s last year. Running internationally isn’t new to me so I kind of have that on my side.”


(after two)

4. United States: 3 (1 gold, two bronze)



(after two days)

1. Germany: 32

1. United States: 32




110M HURDLES (99 cm) (heats)

2. Amere Lattin: 13.46Q (-0.1)

3. Marcus Krah: 13.48Q (NWI)

[Semifinals Wednesday evening]

400M (heats)

4. Kahmari Montgomery: 46.46Q

17. Wilbert London III: 47.23Q

[semifinals Thursday evening]

TRIPLE JUMP (qualification)

5. Armani Wallace: 16.04m/52-7.5 (+0.1) (q)

7. Charles Brown Jr.: 15.97m/52-4.75 (+0.9) (q)

[final Thursday evening]

HAMMER THROW (qualification)

10. Robert Colantonio Jr.: 71m/232-11 (q)

11. Adam Kelly:70.98m/232-10 (q)

[final Friday evening]

DECATHLON (through eight events)

12. Cale Wagner: 6171



SHOT PUT (qualifying)

5. Elena Bruckner: 15.50m/50-10.25 (Q)

7. Alyssa Wilson: 15.37m/50-5.25 (q)

[final Wednesday evening]

400M HURDLES (qualifying)

1. Anna Cockrell: 56.85Q

28. BrandeƩ Johnson: 1.00.58

[semifinals Thursday evening]

100M (Rounds)

3. Candace Hall: 11.43Q (-0.8)

5. Celera Barnes: 11.51Q (+1.7)

[semifinals Thursday evening]

TV/Streaming Schedule - IAAF World U20 Championships



Start (ET)

End (ET)





9:00 PM

10:00 PM


Day 2



8:00 PM

9:00 PM


Day 3



9:00 PM

10:00 PM


Day 4



11:00 AM

2:15 PM

NBC Sports App

Day 5



9:00 PM

10:00 PM


Day 5



10:00 AM

1:10 PM

NBC Sports App

Day 6



9:00 PM

10:00 PM


Day 6

Contributed by Jake Most, Team USA Press Officer - IAAF World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz 2016

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