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Team USATF extends team lead on day 7 of the IAAF World Championships

10/3/2019
 

DOHA -- The U.S. increased its lead on the team scoring table to 203-86 over the next best nation, China, while Team USATF’s women had a trio of almost-podium finishes, on day seven of the IAAF World Championships at Khalifa International Stadium.


A stunning 400 meters final brought out the best in the top five finishers as Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain ran the third-fastest time in history to win in 48.14. Shaunae Miller-Uibo had an incredible 48.37, the sixth fastest time ever, and had to settle for silver, but the real battle was for the bronze. 


NCAA champion Wadeline Jonathas (Columbia, South Carolina) made up a sizable gap to come close, but even with her lifetime best 49.60 she was just behind Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson and was fourth. 2017 World champion Phyllis Francis (New York City, New York) ran .31 faster than she did in London to win the title, clocking a PR 49.61 to place fifth. Those are the fastest fourth and fifth place times ever in the Worlds, and Jonathas moves to No. 9 on the all-time performer list, with Francis now No. 10.


Two of three U.S. women finished in the top six in the shot put, led by Maggie Ewen (St. Francis, Minnesota), who improved on each of her first five attempts and had a best of 18.93m/62-1.25 to take fourth. U.S. champion Chase Ealey (Chacon, New Mexico) hit 18.82m/61-9 for sixth, while Michelle Carter (Grand Prairie, Texas) threw a best of 18.41m/60-4.75 in round three to finish ninth.


U.S. heptathlon champion Erica Bougard (Chula Vista, California) turned in the best World Championships finish by an American since 2001, placing fourth with 6,470 points. Right behind her in fifth was Kendell Williams (Marietta, Georgia) with a score of 6,415. Chari Hawkins (San Diego, California), whose coach Shelia Burrell was the last U.S. woman to place as high as Bougard at Worlds, was 12th with 6,073, while Annie Kunz (College Station, Texas) scored 6,067 in 13th.


In the men’s multi-event, USATF decathlon runner-up Solomon Simmons (Murrieta, California) recorded his second best score ever, tallying 8,151 points to place seventh. Simmons had a season’s best 46.26m/151-9 in the discus after clocking his second-fastest time ever in the 110m hurdles at 14.10.


Harrison Williams (Memphis, Tennessee) scored 7,892 in 13th and had a season’s best 14.43 in the hurdles, followed by a PR in the discus of 44.23m/145-1. Devon Williams (Athens, Georgia) started day two well with a 13.91 hurdles and a discus best of 47.32m/155-3 before a no height in the pole vault ended his competition.


Women’s 1500m

With the pack meandering through the first two laps in just under five minute mile pace, the stage was set for a big group of desperate sprinters on the final circuit in the first of two semis. Shelby Houlihan (Portland, Oregon) has been known for her blistering kick, and she used it again here to swing out around the crowd and finish second in 4:14.91 to earn a place in the final. Houlihan covered the last 300m in 42.39.


A markedly quicker tempo in the second semi made it clear that the two time qualifiers would come from that section, but 2011 World champion Jenny Simpson (Boulder, Colorado) wanted to leave nothing to chance and sped her way on the inside to win in 4:00.99. Nikki Hiltz (San Diego, California) destroyed her lifetime best with a 4:01.52 in seventh and will make it a full set of Team USATF women in the final.


Men’s 1500m 

Reigning Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz (Beaverton, Oregon) was near the front of the pack in third as an honest pace took the field through 400 in 58.77. The tempo then slowed and the field bunched up past 800m in 1:59.54. Centrowitz moved outside and settled on the shoulder of the leaders as he went through 1200m in 2:57.55. Cranking up the speed over the final 300m in just over 40 seconds, Centrowitz ended up third in a blanket finish, clocking 3:37.69 as the top six men finished within .2 seconds.


Avoiding the falls that plagued others in heat two, Ben Blankenship (Eugene, Oregon) went to his usual bag of track tricks and closed very smartly to take third in 3:37.13 and nab an automatic berth in the semis. Craig Engels (Portland, Oregon) was boxed in with 200m to go and in danger of not finishing in the top six in the final heat, but he managed to move out on the homestretch and sprint to fifth place in 3:36.35 in the fastest of the sections to assure his progress to the next round..


Men’s shot put

Even with a relatively high automatic qualifying standard compared to previous championships, Team USATF’s men took three total throws and notched three berths in the final. Darrell Hill (Chula Vista, California) kicked it off in group A with a balletic 21.25m/69-8.75, and then Olympic champion Ryan Crouser (Chula Vista, California) lofted his first toss in group B out to 21.67m/71-1.25. 2015 World champion Joe Kovacs (Powell, Ohio) completed the hat trick later in the order with a 20.92m/68-7.75 put.


Women’s triple jump

Keturah Orji (Atlanta, Georgia) spent as little time as possible in the qualifying round, hitting the automatic standard on the nose on her first attempt with a 14.30m/46-11 effort. American record holder Tori Franklin (Oak Park, Illinois) had a best of 14.23m/46-8.25 and also advanced to the final.


Click here for Day 8 competition schedule. 







Day 8 - Friday, October 4

NBCSN

8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. (Same Day Delayed)

Olympic Channel

1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Live)

NBC Sports Gold

12:20 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Live - Track Events)

NBC Sports Gold

1:35 p.m. - 3:35 p.m. (Live - W Discus)

NBC Sports Gold

12:50 p.m. - 3:35 p.m. (Live - M High Jump)

NBC Sports Gold

4:05 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Live M 20km Walk)


Medal Table

Gold (8)

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


Silver (8)

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


Bronze (2)

Women’s 800m, Ajee’ Wilson, 1:58.84

Women’s High Jump, Vashti Cunningham, 2.00m




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