|Apr 30||Olympic Weekend Wrap-up: April 30, 2012|
Allyson Felix led the way and Team USA dominated Saturday when the USA vs. the World competition was held for the 13th time at the Penn Relays track and field competition in Philadelphia.
Running before a crowd of more than 49,000 at Franklin Field, Team USA set meet records in the women’s 4x100 and 4x400 relay while also winning the men’s distance relay for the first time as part of a sweep of all six races.
Felix, the three-time World champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist at 200 meters, was on both record-setting relay teams.
The women’s 4x100 team set a record for the second straight year with Tianna Madison, Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter finishing in 42.19. The time was more than a second ahead of Jamaica.
Francena McCrory, Allyson Felix, Natasha Hastings and Sanya Richards-Ross took almost a second off the women’s 4x400 relay record with a time of 3:21.18 to win by more than five seconds over Jamaica.
“I always enjoy running here,” Felix said. “The crowd was amazing.”
The United States actually had the top two teams in the men’s distance relay where Leo Manzano’s closing lap of 3:54.9 rallied USA Blue to the win over Bernard Lagat and USA Red in 9:19.31. Tyler Mulder ran the 1200 meters, David Neville the 400 and Khadevis Robinson the 800.
The United States also finished 1-2 in the men’s 4x100.
Maggie Vessey ran the 800 in 2:02.6 to rally the women’s sprint medley team, which ended Jamaica’s four-year winning streak. Porscha Lucas, Barbara Pierre and Phoebe Wright ran the first three legs for the team, which finished in 3:42.85.
“This was my first Penn Relays, so to be running the anchor leg on the sprint medley relay was an exciting experience,” Vessey said. “I just wanted to do a good job for my team. I didn’t want to go out too fast, so I tried to be patient and sit and wait and wait and wait and fortunately it was a fun finish.
“And hearing ‘USA, USA’ was a great feeling. It was a phenomenal experience.”
The other win came in the men’s 4x400 when LaShawn Merritt rallied the team with an anchor leg of 44.8 seconds for a finish of 3:00.15.
The Paralympic team is set following a U.S Paralympic Team Trials process that included a double 70-meter ranking round and round-robin match play.
USA Archery announced the team following the completion of competition Saturday in Chula Vista, Calif.
Matt Sutzman and Dugan Denton, in the Compound Men’s Open; Jerry Shields, in the Compound Men W1; Eric Bennett and Lee Ford in Standing Recurve; and Russell Wolfe, in Recurve Men W2 completed the squad.
Jeff Fabry had already qualified based on his finish at the World Archery Para Championships.
Also, the second nomination shoot for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials concluded.
The team will be determined following the third shoot, scheduled for June 1-3 in Colorado Springs.
The six-day event allowed the field to be cut to eight archers per gender. Following the cut, archers shot an elimination round and seven additional round-robin matches.
Through Saturday, Brady Ellison leads the men, followed by Jake Kaminski, Jacob Wukie, Joe Fanchin, Butch Johnson, Dan Schuller, Thomas Stanwood and Vic Wunderle.
Miranda Leek led the women, followed by Jennifer Nichols, Khatuna Lorig, Heather Koehl, Kristin Braun, Lori Cieslinsk, Mackenzie Brown and Holly Stover.
The United States earned four bronze medals at the Pan American Championships in Montreal and has now secured five divisions for the team at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Nick Delpopolo (73 kg), Anthony Turner (100+ kg), Brad Bolen (66 kg) and Nathan Kearney (55 kg) each finished third in their weight classes.
Kayla Harrison (women’s 78 kg), Travis Stevens (81 kg) and Marti Malloy (women’s 57 kg) had enough Olympic qualifying points going in and did not compete at the Pan Am Games.
Kyle Vashkulat (100 kg) locked up a spot by finishing fifth.
The U.S. spot at 73 kg will come down to a May 12 meeting between Delpopolo and Michael Eldred, who won a gold at the Senior National Championships last week in Irving, Tex.
The U.S. National Team was determined Saturday and Sunday during National Team Trials at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Women’s finweight Kelsey Junious, women’s flyweight Charlotte Craig, women’s bantamweight Simone DeVito, women’s featherweight Nicole Palma, men’s lightweight Mark Lopez, men’s welterweight Luke Ford, men’s middleweight Jason Neville and men’s heavyweight Stephen Lambdin made the team Sunday.
Lopez made the team for the 10th time.
Women’s welterweight Sanaz Shahbazi, women’s middleweight Lauren Hamon, men’s flyweight James Howe, women’s lightweight Stephanie Beckel, men’s finweight Tashi Sherpa, men’s bantamweight Olie Burton, men’s featherweight Nathanael Ahlstrom and women’s heavyweight Kellie Fairbanks made the team Saturday.
* Shawn Bunch won five out of six matches at the World Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament to finish third and qualify the United States to compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games at 60 kg/132 pounds in men’s freestyle wrestling Friday in Taiyuan, China.
* Justin Ruiz was eliminated in the 96 kg/211.5-pound Greco-Roman weight class. The United States will have one more shot next week at the class, the only weight for which the team is not yet qualified.
* Ashley Twichell became the first swimmer to take the 5K and 10K national open-water championships since Chloe Sutton in 2007. Twichell and Daniel Heron won the 5K Open Water National Championship Sunday in Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club in Florida. Twichell and Andrew Gemmell won 10K titles Friday. Twichell and Haley Anderson used top-two finishes to earn spots in the Olympic Qualifier Event June 9 in Setubal, Portugal. Alex Meyer has already secured the men’s 10K spot in the Olympic Games.
* The United States concluded French Olympic Sailing Week with a gold, silver and bronze medal. Anna Tunnicliffe’s Team Mclaren, which also included Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi, won the gold in Women’s Match Racing. Sally Barkow’s Team 7, which also included Alana O’Reilly and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham took silver in the same event. Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan also took silver in Women’s 470. Jen French and J.P. Creignou took bronze in SKUD-18.
* The defending Olympic champion men’s volleyball team opened its season by defeating Argentina, 21-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-17, in an exhibition match Friday in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Matt Anderson led the team with 16 points on 11 attacks, three blocks and two aces.
* Patrick Parish and Gail Kattouf won national titles in the standard-distance event while Greg McNeil and Patty Peoples won the sprint-distance race Saturday in USA Triathlon’s Duathlon National Championship in Oro Valley, Ariz.
* Matt Emmons finished second in the Men’s 50-meter, 3-position rifle Saturday at the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) “London Prepares” World Cup.
* Seth Kelsey, who has already qualified for his third Olympic fencing appearance, finished 24th at the Heidenheim Epée World Cup in Germany Saturday. Soren Thompson was 34th and Jimmy Moody 56th.
* All four members of the men’s saber team that recently qualified to compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games (pending nomination by the U.S. Olympic Committee) advanced to the table of 64 at the Athens World Cup men’s saber event in Greece. Each then lost in the first round. Daryl Homer was 34th, followed by James Williams 35th, Tim Morehouse 54th and Jeff Spear 55th.
* The U.S. team of Brady and Cristin Clark finished fourth after a 12-7 loss to Austria in the bronze medal game of the World Mixed Doubles Championships of curling in Erzurum, Turkey, Sunday.
* Sine Scribbick reached the final in all three individual events and earned a bronze medal in the girls’ 14-15 platform at the International Youth Diving Meet in Dresden, Germany.
Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Tom Robinson is a freelance contributor for teamusa.org. Material from various news services and press releases from National Governing Bodies was used to compile this report. This story was not subject to the approval of any National Governing Bodies.