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Relay sweep, hurdles 1-2 cap off glorious Team USATF effort at World Championships

10/6/2019
 

DOHA -- A 1-2 finish in the women’s hurdles and a pair of dominant performances in the relays at Khalifa International Stadium carried Team USATF to its second-highest medal total in meet history on the 10th and final day of the 17th IAAF World Championships.


The U.S. ended up with 29 medals, including 14 golds. That gold tally matched the highest ever for an American squad, tying the teams from 2005 and 2007. Only the London 2017 U.S. team had a better overall count with 30 total medals. A team points total of 310 was almost 200 better than Kenya, which had the next-highest total with 122, and was the highest ever for the U.S.


Heavily favored with a star-studded quartet in the women’s 4x400m relay, Team USATF fulfilled expectations, and then some. 2017 World 400m champion Phyllis Francis (New York City, New York) blazed the lead leg and handed off to Sydney McLaughlin (Los Angeles, California) with a sizable lead. The 400mH world silver medalist added to that margin with a stellar leg before giving off to 400mH world record holder Dalilah Muhammad (Northridge, California). She stretched it to more than 20m with a 49.43 carry to put Wadeline Jonathas (Columbia, South Carolina) in commanding position for gold. The NCAA champion and the fourth-place finisher earlier in the week in the 400m ran a confident 49.80 split to seal the win in 3:18.92, the fastest time in the world this year and a time that has only ever been bettered by four other nations. The gold is the ninth in World Championships history for Team USATF and defends the title won in London in 2017.


Only Team USATF and Great Britain have ever run faster in the men’s 4x400m relay than the quartet that closed out a record-setting World Championships with a 2:56.69 exercise in domination to reclaim the title that was nabbed by Trinidad in 2017. Looking to return atop the podium, 400m bronze medalist Fred Kerley (College Station, Texas) made up most of the stagger on Jamaica to the outside on the opening leg to pass with a lead of two strides to Michael Cherry (Baton Rouge, Louisiana). Cherry, a gold medalist in the inaugural mixed 4x400m relay, widened the lead on a mostly solo carry to the penultimate exchange with Wil London (Waco, Texas). Also a gold medalist on that mixed 4x400, London executed his typical race plan perfectly with a 44.43 split and gave the baton to 400mH silver medalist Rai Benjamin (Los Angeles, California). From that point, the only real question was -- how fast? Benjamin clocked 44.19 to seal the 10th U.S. win in World Championships history.


Both U.S. women were out well in the 100m hurdles final and ran even through the first half of the race. Over the next 50m, Nia Ali (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) powered away and won her first World outdoor title in 12.34, making her the equal fourth-fastest woman in American history and equal ninth in world history. Ali’s time was also the second fastest ever run at a World Championships. World record holder Keni Harrison (Austin, Texas) finished well to complete the Team USATF 1-2 sweep, claiming silver in 12.46. It was the second 1-2 finish at Worlds by Americans, the first since Anjanette Kirkland and Gail Devers in 2001.


Jumping in the shadow of Germany’s Malaika Mihambo, who uncorked a massive 7.30m/23-11.5 in round three, Tori Bowie (San Diego, California) finished agonizingly close to a podium spot, finishing fourth with her 6.81m/22-4.25 on her fourth effort. Sha’Keela Saunders was ninth with a best of 6.54m/21-5.5.


Lopez Lomong (Lake Oswego, Oregon) moved to No. 3 on the all-time U.S. list in the 10,000m with his 27:04.72 to place him seventh. That was the fastest time ever by an American at the World Championships. Shadrack Kipchirchir (Colorado Springs, Colorado), who held the previous U.S. fastest time at Worlds, was 10th in 27:24.74 and Leonard Korir (Colorado Springs, Colorado) ended up 13th in 28:05.73.


A very speedy opening pace had 2016 Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz (Beaverton, Oregon) in third at 400m in 55.80 and fourth at 800m in 1:53.80. The next lap told the tale for the day as Centrowitz was unable to stay with the leaders, passing 1200m in seventh in 2:51.52 before covering the final 300m in 41.29 to finish eighth in 3:32.81, the fastest ever for that placing at the Worlds and the fastest ever at Worlds by an American. Craig Engels (Portland, Oregon) was in the middle of the pack much of the way and ended up 10th in 3:34.24.


Team USATF Head Coach Quotes

Bonnie Edmondson, Women’s Head Coach: “What an honor and privilege this has been to lead Team USATF. Our athletes stepped up and turned in amazing performances. I observed their intentional preparation over the last two weeks and I knew something special was going to happen. The women were focused and competition ready and the performances exceeded expectations. These championships have positioned our athletes very well leading up to Tokyo 2020. Go Team USATF!”

 

Robert Gary, Men’s Head Coach: “To be able to address the greatest team in the greatest sport in the world was an absolute honor and privilege. USATF does a wonderful job promoting a ‘one team’ focus and the men, women and all the event areas challenge and support one another. The achievements of the medalists speak for themselves, but beneath that is an unbelievable strength of veterans paired with a groundswell of youth. What a tremendous setting of the stage towards Tokyo 2020 - Team USATF is on a tremendous trajectory of excellence.”



Medal Table


Gold (14)

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

Women’s 400m Hurdles, Dalilah Muhammad, 52.16 WR

Men’s Shot Put, Joe Kovacs, 22.91m

Men’s 4x100m relay, (Christian Coleman, Justin Gatlin, Mike Rodgers, Noah Lyles), 37.10 AR

Women’s 100m Hurdles, Nia Ali, 12.34

Women’s 4x400m Relay, (Phyllis Francis, Sydney McLaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad, Wadeline Jonathas), 3:18.92

Men’s 4x400m Relay, (Fred Kerley, Michael Cherry, Wil London, Rai Benjamin), 2:56.69


Silver (11)

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

Women’s 400m Hurdles, Sydney McLaughlin, 52.23

Men’s Shot Put, Ryan Crouser, 22.90m

Women’s 100m Hurdles, Keni Harrison, 12.46


Bronze (4)

Women’s 800m, Ajee’ Wilson, 1:58.84

Women’s High Jump, Vashti Cunningham, 2.00m

Men’s 400m, Fred Kerley, 44.17

Women’s 4x100m relay, (Dezerea Bryant, Teahna Daniels, Morolake Akinosun, Kiara Parker), 42.10



2019 TEAM USATF SUPERLATIVES


World Records

Women’s 400m Hurdles, Dalilah Muhammad, 52.16

Mixed 4x400m Relay, (Wil London, Allyson Felix, Courtney Okolo, Michael Cherry), 3:09.42


American Records

Women’s 400m Hurdles, Dalilah Muhammad, 52.16

Women’s 1500m, Shelby Houlihan, 3:54.99

Men’s 800m, Donavan Brazier, 1:42.34

Men’s 4x100m Relay, (Christian Coleman, Justin Gatlin, Mike Rodgers, Noah Lyles), 37.10

Mixed 4x400m Relay, (Wil London, Allyson Felix, Courtney Okolo, Michael Cherry), 3:09.42


World Championships Records

Women’s 400m Hurdles, Dalilah Muhammad, 52.16

Men’s 800m, Donavan Brazier, 1:42.34

Men’s Shot Put, Joe Kovacs, 22.91m

Mixed 4x400m Relay, (Wil London, Allyson Felix, Courtney Okolo, Michael Cherry), 3:09.42


Best U.S. Marks at World Championships

Women’s 400m Hurdles, Dalilah Muhammad, 52.16

Men’s 800m, Donavan Brazier, 1:42.34

Men’s 4x100m Relay, (Christian Coleman, Justin Gatlin, Mike Rodgers, Noah Lyles), 37.10

Women’s 100m Hurdles, Nia Ali, 12.34

Women’s Hammer, DeAnna Price, 77.54m

Women’s 1500m, Shelby Houlihan, 3:54.99

Men’s Shot Put, Joe Kovacs, 22.91m

Men’s Pole Vault, Sam Kendricks, 5.97m

Women’s 3000m Steeplechase, Emma Coburn, 9:02.35

Men’s 1500m, Matthew Centrowitz, 3:32.81

Women’s 5000m, Karissa Schweizer, 14:45.18

Women’s Pole Vault, Sandi Morris, 4.90m

Women’s Triple Jump, Keturah Orji, 14.46m

=Women’s High Jump, Vashti Cunningham, 2.00m





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