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Myles Marshall wins gold on final day at Youth Olympic Games

8/25/2014
 
NANJING, China -- When track & field events concluded Monday at the Youth Olympic Games, Myles Marshall was the shining Team USA star as he won his first international gold medal to accompany the gold and two bronzes already accomplished by the Americans in track & field.
 
Marshall (Kingwood, Texas), a men’s 800-meter runner, began the race with a confident pace and immediately took the lead after the opening curve. He ran confidently at the front of the pack for the entire first lap. At the bell, competitors began making their moves to takeover the lead. Despite falling into third place entering the back straightaway, he pushed forward to regain the lead on the final turn.

"I got out pretty well," said Marshall. "Coming around to the 300-to-go mark, I felt a few people come up and pass me as they started making moves of their own. At around 250 to go, I decided to counter with my own and break away from the field."

Marshall maintained his stride for a finish in 1:49.14, improving his recent IAAF World Juniors Championships time by more than four seconds.

For Marshall, being surrounded by the best young athletes in the world and winning it all is "simply surreal."
 
Also in action on Day 10, Chinne Okoronkwo (Lynnwood, Washington) leaped 12.21m/40-0.75  for ninth place in women’s triple jump, and Emma Fitzgerald (Wayland, Massachusetts) threw 43.43m/142-6  in women’s javelin for 14th place.
 
Youth Olympic Games continue Tuesday, Aug. 26 with the 8x100m mixed relay.
 
Youth Olympic Games Links: Live Video | Live Results
 
Team USA Track & Field Medals (4)
 
Gold (2)
Noah Lyles, Men’s 200m
Myles Marshall, Men’s 800m
 
Bronze (2)
Rhesa Foster, Women’s Long Jump
Brandee Johnson, Women’s 200m
 
Team USA Track & Field Results
 
Women’s 400m (6th place)
Brittny Ellis (53.82)
 
Women’s Discus (7th place)
Haley Showalter (45.12/148-0)
 
Men’s Discus (7th Place)
Tyler Merkley (56.27m/184-7)
 
Men’s 110m Hurdles (7th place)
Amere Lattin (15.53)
 
Women’s 100m Hurdles (8th place)
Kimani Rushing (14.05)
 
Women’s Triple Jump (9th place)
Chinne Okoronkwo (12.21m/40-0.75)
 
Women’s High Jump (10th place)
Janae Moffit (1.73m/5-8)

Women's Javelin (14th place)
Emma Fitzgerald (43.43m/142-6)
 
Men’s Hammer Throw (14th place)
Kenneth Brinson, Jr. (59.51m/195-3)
 
Men’s 100m (18th place)
Jeffrey Uzzell (11.04)
 
Women’s 100m (DNS)
Janie O’Connor
 
Men’s 400m (DNS)
Andrew James

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