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Team USATF wins Athletics World Cup


LONDON -  Featuring a roster full of young, newly minted national champions, Team USATF took home the platinum trophy as winners of the inaugural Athletics World Cup Sunday at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium.

In the second of two days of competition concluding Sunday night, Team USATF won six events, taking the team title with 219 points. Poland was second with 162 points, and Great Britain was third with 155 points. Team USATF athletes share a prize purse of $450,000 for the win.

Team USATF competed against Great Britain, Germany, Poland, China, France and South Africa. Team scores were determined by awarding eight points for a first-place finish, seven for second, and on down to one point for eighth.

Americans claim six victories

Fresh off a Diamond League win Friday in Rabat, Sam Kendricks (Oxford, MS) won the men’s pole vault with five consecutive clearances, capping off at 5.83m/19-1.5. He then raised the bar to take three unsuccessful attempts at an American-record height of 6.05/19-10.25.

The USATF runner-up indoors and outdoors, Paul Dedewo (Chandler, AZ) ran a great final curve and powered down the straight to easily win the men’s 400 in a personal-best 44.48.

USATF champion Kenny Selmon (Chapel Hill, NC) recovered from hitting the seventh hurdle and came from behind to win the men’s 400 hurdles, outrunning Patryk Dobek of Poland over the final 10 meters to win in 48.97.

In the women’s 800m, USATF runner-up Raevyn Rogers (Eugene, OR) came from five meters down on the backstretch, moving from third to first in the final 200 meters to win in 2:00.20

2018 World Indoor gold medalist Vashti Cunningham (Las Vegas, NV) cleared a season-best 1.96m/6-5 to win a women’s high jump battle over British crowd favorite Morgan Lake.

To close out competition, the men’s 4x400m made a time trial of it as  Nathan Strother (Knoxville, TN), Obi Igbokwe (Fayetteville, AR), Paul Dedewo (Chandler, AZ) and Kahmari Montgomery (Plainfield, IL) brought it home in 2:59.78, more than 2 seconds ahead of South Africa.

Eight podium finishes

Top-three finishes were the order of the night for the team as as whole, with eight additional medal-winning performances.

USATF champion Keturah Orji (Budd Lake, NJ) was second in the women’s triple jump with 14.60m/47-10.75, while NCAA long jump champion Zack Bazile (Teaneck, NJ) was second in the men’s long jump with last-round mark of 8.30m/27-2.75.

On the track, USATF 200m champion Jenna Prandini (Eugene, OR) was clear of the field off the curve and finished second in the half-lap race 22.45. Kendal Williams (Jacksonville, FL) got a strong start in the men’s 100 and placed second in 10.05. Team captain Queen Harrison (Phoenix, AZ) got a slow start and crashed the first hurdle, but came back from last to third place in the women’s 100m hurdles in 12.99.

USATF champion Maggie Ewen (Tempe, AZ) was third in the women’s shot put with a best of 18.23m/59-9.75. Also in the throwing circle, USATF champion Valarie Allman (Longmont, CO) placed third in the women’s discus with a toss of 61.10m/200-5. USATF champion Curtis Thompson (Florence, NJ) placed third in the men’s javelin his first-round throw of 75.47/247-7

In other finishes, Izaic Yorks (Seattle, WA) was fourth in the men’s 1,500m in 3:53.50; Rudy Winker (Sand Lakes, NY) was fourth in the men’s hammer throw with 71.72/235-3; and in the women’s 4x100m relay, lead-off leg Mikiah Brisco (Baton Rouge, LA), fell to the track with an apparent left hamstring injury before she could make the hand-off.

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