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Three silvers, two bronzes increase Team USATF medal lead at IAAF World Championships


DOHA -- Matching some of the best single-day medal hauls in Team USATF history at global championships, Americans earned three silvers and two bronzes Monday on day four of the IAAF World Championships in Khalifa International Stadium. The U.S. sits alone atop the medal table with 13, including four golds, and leads the point standings with 117. The nearest nation is China with 59.

Men’s 400m Hurdles

The most anticipated matchup of the meet so far pitted three of the four fastest men in history against each other with plenty of intrigue to go around. Defending champion Karsten Warholm lined up in lane four, with Rai Benjamin (Los Angeles, California) in seven and local hero Abderrahman Samba on the outside in nine. Warholm, as is his wont, went out very quickly but had plenty of company. Benjamin was just a half-stride behind down the backstretch and kept close coming off the final bend. Chasing Warholm down the stretch, Benjamin had to reach mightily at the final barrier and that allowed Warholm to gain an edge and race on to win in 47.42, with Benjamin grabbing silver in 47.66. Samba closed very strongly to capture the bronze in 48.03 to the delight of the Qatari fans. Behind the medalists, TJ Holmes (St. Petersburg, Florida) enjoyed his best run ever, clocking a personal best of 48.20 in fifth.

Women’s 800m

2017 bronze medalist Ajee’ Wilson (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) loves to run from the front and she quickly assumed that position on the backstretch. Jamaica’s Natoya Goule was shoulder-to-shoulder with Wilson through 400m in 57.96, but Wilson’s training partner, Raevyn Rogers (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), was uncharacteristically at the back of the pack in seventh at that point, more than a second adrift of the leaders. Wilson led at 600m in 1:28.14, just in front of Uganda’s Halimah Nakaayi, and there was only a tenth between those two with 100m to go. That’s when Nakaayi surged ahead and Rogers started a mad dash for a medal. Nakaayi covered the final straight in 14.73 to win in 1:58.04, with Rogers closing in 13.86 to take silver in 1:58.18. Wilson held off Uganda’s Winnie Nanyondo to finish third in 1:58.84. It was the first time in World Championships history that two American women made the podium. Ce’Aira Brown (Peekskill, New York) was eighth in 2:02.97. 

Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase

Content to let world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech run away for the gold, 2017 champion Emma Coburn (Boulder, Colorado) ran her fastest race ever and the second fastest in American history as she closed strongly in the final 600m en route to a 9:02.35 to secure silver. Chepkoech sped out to a huge lead in the first 200m and never looked back, clocking 8:57.84, but the other medal contenders put together a very competitive race behind her. Coburn and Courtney Frerichs (Portland, Oregon) ran in the front six of the chase group through 2K before Coburn pushed her pace and opened up a gap. Frerichs finished sixth in 9:11.27.

Women’s High Jump

Clearing the first five heights comfortably on her first attempts, Vashti Cunningham (Las Vegas, Nevada) rattled the sixth height of 2.00m/6-6.75 with her lower leg on her first try but the bar stayed up and she matched her personal best. That clearance was good enough to earn her bronze. Ty Butts (Louisville, Kentucky) cleared a lifetime best of 1.93m/6-4 to take eighth.

Men’s 5,000m 

Paul Chelimo (Colorado Springs, Colorado) raced at the front of the pack through the first half of the race and led briefly after that, but could not keep contact as the pace heated up in the final 400m and ended up seventh in a season’s best 13:04.60. Hassan Mead (Eugene, Oregon) ran 13:27.05 for 11th.

Men’s Discus Throw

U.S. champion Sam Mattis (Highland Park, New Jersey) had two throws past 63 meters and his best of 63.42m/208-1 placed him 11th.

Women’s 200m

All three American women safely advanced to the semifinals, led by heat wins from USATF runner-up Brittany Brown (Ontario, California), who blazed around the bend in lane nine of heat three with a lifetime-best 22.33, and NCAA champion Angie Annelus (Los Angeles, California), who was basically unchallenged in the final heat on her way to a 22.56.

U.S. champion Dezerea Bryant (Clermont, Florida) was second in the heat four behind 100m silver medalist Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain, clocking 22.56.

Women’s 400m

What would have been a four-for-four effort in the heats turned into a trio of qualifiers and then back to a perfect four. Opening the defense of her 2017 London gold, Phyllis Francis (New York City, New York) ran down the field through the first 300m and went on to win the first heat very easily by more than a second in 50.77, just outside her season’s best.

NCAA winner Wadeline Jonathas (Columbia, South Carolina) also made quick work of her heat, striding to a 50.57 to win heat two and record the fastest time of all the heats, U.S. champion Shakima Wimbley (Miami, Florida) won heat three from the outside lane in 51.17, but was disqualified for a lane violation. On appeal by the USATF team staff, Wimbley was reinstated.

Kendall Ellis (North Hollywood, California) rocketed out to an early lead in the fourth heat before yielding ground to a quartet of competitors and placing fifth in 51.82. Her time earned her a spot in the semifinal.

Men’s 200m

Noah Lyles (Clermont, Florida) sizzled the Mondo surface with a 19.86 in the second semifinal, the fastest time of the three sections and the second-fastest time ever in a Worlds semi.

Men’s 110m Hurdles

Grant Holloway (Gainesville, Florida) blasted through the ten flights of hurdles with no problem, winning heat four in 13.22.

Devon Allen (Phoenix, Arizona) clattered a passel of hurdles but sprinted through to place fourth in heat one in 13.46 and advance automatically.

Daniel Roberts (Lexington, Kentucky) got out very quickly and averted disaster after clattering the final two barriers, winning heat three in 13.38. Roberts was disqualified for knocking over the hurdle to his inside with his trail leg at flight nine.

Women’s Javelin Throw

American record holder Kara Winger (Colorado Springs, Colorado) took all three of her throws in group B, finishing off with a best of 62.13m/203-10 to rank seventh overall and qualify for the final. Ariana Ince (Houston, Texas) threw 60.44m/198-3 in the first group but did not advance.

Day 5 - Tuesday, October 1


9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Live)


1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Live)

NBC Sports Gold

9:05 a.m. - 4:10 p.m. (Live - Track Events)

NBC Sports Gold

1:55 p.m. - 3:55 p.m. (Live- W Javelin)

NBC Sports Gold

12:40 p.m. - 3:35 p.m. (Live - M Pole Vault)

Medal Table

Gold (4)

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

Silver (7)

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

Bronze (2)

Women’s 800m, Ajee’ Wilson, 1:58.84

Women’s High Jump, Vashti Cunningham, 2.00m


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