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Storming Norman leads four-medal night for Team USA


BYDGOSZCZ, Poland -- Two dominant efforts brought double gold to Team USA Friday on day four of the IAAF World U20 Championships at Zawisza Stadium. With four medals on the night, the U.S. sits atop the table with 13, including six golds, and dominates the scoring with 128 points.

With two golds on Friday, the United States became the first nation to win 100 gold medals at the World U20 Championships, dating to the initial staging of the Championships in 1986 in Athens.

Putting the race out of reach by the 50m mark with his trademark devastating drive phase, pre-race favorite Michael Norman (Murrieta Valley, California) blasted to a Championships record 20.17 to win the men’s 200m by 0.42 seconds. Norman is the fifth U.S. man to win this event at the World U20s and clipped 0.11 off the previous meet record, set in 2004 by Italy’s Andrew Howe.

In control from the gun, Anna Cockrell (Charlotte, North Carolina) smashed her personal best and ran away with the women’s 400m hurdles in 55.20 to earn the fourth gold in World U20 history for the U.S. Cockrell made up the stagger on Jamaica’s Shannon Kalawan by the fourth hurdle, and held off a challenge by the eventual silver medalist coming off the final turn. Her 55.20 makes her equal fourth on the all-time U.S. U20 list and equal eighth on the world U20 all-time list.

Wil London (Waco, Texas) looked to be out of the medals heading into the final bend of the men’s 400m, but he found an extra gear over the last 100m to pass two people and grab the silver with a lifetime-best 45.27. Kahmari Montgomery (Plainfield, Illinois) was fifth in 46.48.

Team USA’s men had only ever won three medals in the high jump prior to tonight, but Darius Carbin raised that total with third-attempt makes at 2.23m/7-3.75 and 2.25m/7-4.5 to set two lifetime bests and earn silver.

A qualifier for the final in both horizontal jumps, Bria Matthews (Forest Park, Georgia) took fifth in the women’s long jump with a best of 6.24m/20-5.75. Samiyah Samuels (Houston) finished eighth at 6.08m/19-11.5.

Personal bests propelled heptathletes Emma Fitzgerald (Braintree, Massachusetts) and Kaylee Hinton (Rockwall, Texas) to eighth- and 16th-place finishes, respectively. Fitzgerald used her strongest individual event, the javelin, to climb up the point standings after six events, throwing 50.63m/166-1. She added a PR 2:25.23 in the 800m to finish with 5,577 points, moving her to No. 7 on the U.S. all-time U20 list. She finished a point shy of Kendall Williams’ high school record. Hinton scored 5,349 after a season-best 2:25.17 in the final event.

Adam Kelly’s (Barrington, Rhode Island) PR 73.17m/240-0 throw in the third round gave him eighth place in the men’s hammer, four spots ahead of teammate Robert Colantonio, (Barrington, Rhode Island) who had a best of 69.23m/227-1.

In qualifying rounds on the track, Taylor McLaughlin (Scotch Plains, New Jersey) was second in his semifinal and had the second-fastest time overall at 50.25 to earn a spot in the men’s 400m hurdles final. Taylor Bennett (Spring, Texas - Baylor) was third in her 200m semifinal in 23.49 and advanced to the final as a time qualifier.

Both Team USA 4x100 squads safely advanced to their finals, with the women turning in the second-fastest time overall at 44.31 and the men the fourth-fastest at 39.70.

Morning Session report

Team USA advanced eight - six women and two men - during the Friday morning session.

Taylor Bennett advanced automatically in the women's 200m heats. She took third place in heat four with a time of 23.82.

Bria Matthews reached the automatic qualification mark on her final attempt of the women's triple jump qualifying. She jumped 13.34m/43-9.25 (-1.7) (Q).

Two Americans advanced to the women's 1,500m final as Alexa Efraimson was well in control all race, placing second in her heat with the second fastest time of  the heats: 4:13.12. Christina Aragon placed fourth in her heat with a time of 4:18.93.

Nicole Green moved on to the high jump final as all 13 of the women who cleared 1.80m/5-10.75 advanced.

Brian Bell and Vincent Crisp made the 800m semifinals.

Tia Jones and Alexis Duncan had the two fastest times of the women's 100m hurdles  heats, 13.04 and 13.11 respectively, to advance.

Team USA on Friday became the first nation to win 100 golds in the history of the IAAF World U20 Championships tating to when the competition was first held in 1986 in Athens. American men have won 56 and American women have won 44. Team USA has won 219 World U20 medals all-time.

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
Michael Norman - 200m

On winning …

“It’s an amazing experience. Coming out here for my first international experience it’s amazing to get the outcome that I did.”

On his performance in the final …
“I feel like the first 50 was amazing. Coming off the turn was strong. I started fading with 75 to go. I started to feel the fatigue. It’s been a long season. It’s almost time to hang up my shoes and call it a season.”

On his mentality …
“I just came out here with the mentality to run to compete. I just went out and ran. I just let it all out.”

Anna Cockrell - 400m hurdles

On her reaction winning a World U20 Championship …
“It feels amazing. I can’t really put it into words how it feels. My body hurts, but I feel great. I’m so happy about the way that race went. Everything that happened.”

On running 55.20 ...

“That was a big PR. It’s everything I’ve been working for all year. It feels incredible. I’m so happy I can’t really put into words what it feels like.”


(after four days)

1. United States: 13 (6 gold, five silver, two bronze)



(after four days)

1. United States: 128


FRIDAY EVENING – July 22, 2016



1. Michael Norman Jr.: 20.17


2. Wilbert London III: 45. 27

5. Kahmari Montgomery: 46.48


2. Darius Carbin: 2.25m/7-4.5

1. Anna Cockrell: 55.20


5. Bria Matthews: 6.24m/20-5.75 (+0.9)

8. Samiyah Samuels: 6.08m/19-11.5 (+0.8)


8. Emma Fitzgerald:  5,577

16. Kaylee Hinton: 5,349


8. Adam Kelly: 73.17m/240-0

12. Ryan Colantonio Jr.: 69.23m/227-1


400 METER HURDLES (semifinals)

2. Taylor McLaughlin: 50.25Q

Final Saturday evening

4x100 METER RELAY (heats)

United States:  (Lattin, Montgomery, Taylor, Lyles) 39.70

Final Saturday evening


200 METERS (semifinals)

Taylor Bennett

Final Saturday evening

4x100 METER RELAY (heats)

2. United States (Irby, Jones, Harris Hill): 44.31Q

Final Saturday evening


FRIDAY MORNING – July 22, 2016


800 METERS (heats)

9. Vincent Crisp: 1:49.32q

23. Brian Bell: 1:50.97Q

Semifinals Saturday evening

JAVELIN (qualification)

28. Hudson Keffer: 67.76m/222-3

35. Thomas Peters: 62.76m/205-11


200 METERS (heats)

12. Taylor Bennett: 23.82Q (+1.1)

35. Jayla Kirkland: 53.07 (+0.6)

Semifinals Friday evening

1,500 METERS (heats)

2. Alexa Efraimson: 4:13.12Q

8. Christina Aragon: 4:18.93Q

Final Sunday evening

100 METER HURDLES (heats)

1. Tia Jones: 13.04Q (+1.6)

2. Alexis Duncan: 13.11Q (+1.5)

Semifinals Saturday evening

TRIPLE JUMP (qualification)

2. Bria Matthews: 13.34m/43-9.25 (-1.7) (Q)

15. Chinne Okoronkwo: 12.34m/40-6 (-1.2)

TV/Streaming Schedule - IAAF World U20 Championships



Start (ET)

End (ET)





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 Glen McMicken, and Jake Most, Team USA Press Officer - IAAF World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz 2016

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