INDIANAPOLIS -- World champion Michelle Carter
wins USATF Athlete of the Week after breaking the American indoor record with shot put gold on Saturday in Portland, Oregon, at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Center.
Carter (Ovilla, Texas), who also holds the American shot put record outdoors, opened Saturday’s competition with a foul before tossing 18.90m/62-0.25 on her second attempt for the best mark in the field after two throws. She rose to the occasion twice more, reclaiming the top throw in the third round at 19.31m/63-4.25 and again on her final attempt at 20.21m/66-3.75 for the American record indoors as she became the best in the world this year.
“It still feels like a dream,” she said. “But I can say this is by far one of my best team memories.”
With the record and her gold medal, Carter became the first U.S. woman to win the shot put title at an IAAF World Indoor Championships event.
Hear from Carter and other medalists on “The Cool Down” on USATF.TV
Other notable performances of the week included:
Trayvon Bromell (St. Petersburg, Florida) at age 20 became the youngest athlete to win the 60 meters at the IAAF World Indoor Championships when he ran 6.47 to defeat a field that included Jamaica’s Asafa Powell. Bromell is the seventh American man to take gold in the event.
Matthew Centrowitz (Arnold, Maryland) won Team USA's first men's 1500m gold at an IAAF World Indoor Championships. Centrowitz finished in 3:44.22.
Vashti Cunningham (Las Vegas, Nevada) at age 18 became the youngest woman to win an IAAF World Indoor title when she cleared 1.96m/6-5 in high jump for the gold medal.
Ashton Eaton (Bend, Oregon) became the first man ever to win three straight golds in the heptathlon at the IAAF World Indoor Championships. Eaton won gold with 6,470 points at Portland 2016 to compliment his 6,632 points at Sopot 2014 and his 6,645 WR at Istanbul 2012.
Now in its 15th 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.
2016 Winners: Jan. 13, Garrett Heath; Jan. 20, Donavan Brazier; Jan. 27, Kendra Harrison; Feb. 3, Jenn Suhr; Feb. 10, Vashti Cunningham; Feb. 17, Galen Rupp; Feb. 24, John Nunn; March 2, Curtis Beach; March 11, Bill Collins; March 16, Da’mira Allen; March 24, Michelle Carter.
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