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Team USATF Superlatives - London 2017


LONDON -- Team USATF’s performance at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London was one for the record books, from a record number of medals to all-time best performances.

  • Team USATF set a team record for most medals at the World Championships, with 30 medals easily surpassing its total of 28 medals in 2011.
  • After Team USATF’s 32-medal performance at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, London marked the first time since the 1952 and 1956 Olympic Games that U.S. won 30+ medals at consecutive global championships.
  • Allyson Felix became the most decorated athlete in IAAF World Championships history, winning her 14th, 15th and 16th medals. She tied Usain Bolt for most golds with 11.
  • Two American records were set: Emma Coburn in the women’s steeplechase (9:02.58) and Katie Burnett in the women’s 50K race walk (4:21:51)
  • One championship record was set: Emma Coburn in women’s steeplechase
  • Brittney Reese became the first woman to win four World LJ golds and is only the second woman to win four golds in a single WC event (Valerie Adams, women’s shot put)
  • Emma Coburn is the first U.S. woman ever to win the steeple at a global championships, and the first American of either gender since Horace Ashenfelter’s 1952 Olympic gold
  • Team USATF set a World Championships record for largest margin of victory in a 4x400 relay, at 5.98 seconds.
  • First time that the U.S. has gone 1-2 in global steeplechase competition (World Championships or Olympics, men or women)
  • Evan Jager (bronze) is the first U.S. men’s steeplechase medal winner at Worlds
  • Amy Cragg (bronze) is the first U.S. women’s marathon medalist since 1983, and she ran the fastest time ever by an American woman at the World Championships
  • Mason Finley (bronze) is the first U.S. medalist in the discus since 1999
  • Ajee’ Wilson’s 1:56.65 is the fastest ever 800m by an American woman at Worlds
  • First 1-2 finish in the women’s 400mH since 1995
  • First 1-2 finish in the men’s 100m since 2001
  • Christian Taylor and Will Claye joined Mike Conley as the only U.S. men with three medals in the triple jump
  • Justin Gatlin became the oldest man ever to win the 100m, at 35 years old, and also is the first to win two titles 12 years apart
  • Justin Gatlin and Tori Bowie gave Team USATF its first sweep of the men’s and women’s 100m golds since 2005 (Gatlin & Lauryn Williams)
  • Sam Kendricks won the first men’s pole vault gold for the U.S. since 2007 (Brad Walker)
  • Maria Michta-Coffey walked the fastest U.S. women’s 20K in WC history in 1:32:14
  • Shannon Rowbury’s 14:57.55 in the heats is the fastest ever 5,000m by an American woman at Worlds

Amanda Brooks
Marketing and Communications Manager
USA Track & Field

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