Olympic Weekend Wrap-Up: August 27, 2012
Carmelita Jeter (above, left) set meet records in qualifying and the final Sunday while winning the women’s 100-meter dash at the Samsung Diamond League event in Birmingham, Great Britain.
Jeter beat Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce from Jamaica both times while qualifying in 11.01 seconds, then winning in 10.81.
“It’s not just about me and Shelly-Ann racing against each other,” Jeter said. “It is about us coming out, enjoying ourselves and giving the crowd something to cheer about.”
Olympic hurdles champion Aries Merritt also set a meet record while leading a U.S. sweep of the medals in the men’s 110-meter high hurdles. Merritt finished in 12.95 into a headwind. Olympic silver medalist Jason Richardson equaled a personal best at 12.98 for second place and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist David Oliver was third (13.28).
Two-time Olympic hurdles champion Angelo Taylor ran a season-best 44.93 to win the men’s open 400.
Olympian Anna Pierce won the women’s 1500. Tyson Gay and Wallace Spearmon finished second and third in the men’s 200. Jamaica’s Nickel Ashmeade won the 200 in 20.12 seconds.
Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark opened the qualifying period for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games with a win at the FIS World Cup halfpipe Sunday in Cardrona, New Zealand.
Clark has won 19 of her last 20 competitions. She bounced back from a fall on her first run.
“Falling in the first run is never ideal, but I tried to look at it as an opportunity,” Clark said. “That’s exactly what can happen in major events. So it’s good to get used to it and this kind of pressure.”
Hannah Teter, the 2006 Olympic halfpipe champion and 2010 Olympic silver medalist, and Matt Ladley each had fourth-place finishes as the United States had three men and three women finish in the top 15.
2012 Olympian Miranda Leek shot a perfect X in a shoot-off with Mackenzie Brown to win her third straight SoCal Showdown women’s recurve title Sunday in Chula Vista, Calif.
Five-time Olympian Khatuna Lorig took the bronze over Heather Koehl. Joe Fanchin beat Jeff Anderson in straight sets for the men’s recurve title. Jake Kaminski won a shoot-off with Brady Ellison for the bronze medal. Kaminski and Ellison were teammates at the Olympic Games earlier this summer and they were part of the silver-medal winning team competition in London.
In the men’s compound competition, Reo Wilde won for the 12th time in 15 national and international events this season, taking the title over Chris Oosterlinck in the final. Reza Zamaninejad edged Connor Kelly for the bronze.
Erika Anschutz used a one-point victory over Jamie Van Natta to win the women’s compound. Lexi Keller defeated Carli Cochran for the bronze.
Diamond DeShields was Most Valuable Player and Linnae Harper was named to the all-tournament team Sunday after the United States won the FIBA Women’s Under-17 World Championship.
The United States defeated Spain, 75-62, in the championship game Sunday to finish 8-0 in the tournament.
Rebecca Greenwell, DeShields and Lindsay Allen each scored 13 points and made other contributions in the championship game. Greenwell had 12 rebounds. DeShields had eight rebounds and five assists. Allen had six assists.
Allen had 11 points, including three 3-pointers, in the first 4:22 of the fourth quarter to put the game away. Taya Reimer added 12 points.
The United States defeated Australia, 89-68, in the quarterfinals and Canada, 84-59, in the semifinals.
Elsewhere, the U.S. women’s team of Skylar Diggins, Bria Hartley, Chiney Ogwumike and Ann Strother went 9-0 to win the inaugural FIBA 3v3 World Championship Sunday in Athens. The men’s team of Adetayo Adesanya, Ira Brown, Tyree Hardge and Allen DuBois Williams was eliminated in the quarterfinals Saturday. Serbia won the men’s gold.
The United States won five of the six gold medals that were decided on the weekend to finish the Pan American Bowling Conference Adult Championships in Henderson, Nev., with a total of eight gold medals, six silvers and three bronzes.
The United States swept the team gold medals and the all-events titles Friday.
The women set a PABCON Championships record with a six-game total of 6,713 to beat Mexico. The men shot 6,687 for a 194-pin win over Mexico.
Liz Johnson, who also won the all-events gold medal Friday, shot a 1,473. Stefanie Nation added a 1,337. Johnson won the women’s all-events title by averaging 226.1 for 24 games.
“We accomplished our goals, which were to go for the team gold and the trios gold,” Johnson said. “We all worked together really well.”
Tommy Jones shot 1,376 to lead the men’s team title while all-around champion Bill O’Neill shot 1,354.
All 12 Team USA bowlers advanced to Saturday’s Masters competition, where the top 24 men and women from the all-events standings competing in a six-game set, following by round-robin play among the top eight and then match play for the top four.
Shannon Pluhowsky beat U.S. teammate Johnson, 238-226, in the women’s Masters final. Canada’s George Lambert won the men’s title with a perfect game in the championship match.
Jones and O’Neill each reached the men’s Masters semifinals before losing. Josie Earnest gave the United States three of the four women’s semifinalists.
• Both championship teams repeated at the Manhattan Beach Volleyball Open in California. Jenny Kropp-Whitney Pavlik won the women’s title over Jennifer Fopma-Brooke Sweat, 21-17, 21-16. John Hyden-Sean Scott topped Ryan Doherty-Casey Patterson, 21-13, 21-17, in the men’s final.
• Anastasia Lobsinger earned a bronze medal at 70 kg/154 pounds Friday in women’s freestyle wrestling at the FILA Cadet World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. Marina Doi had won a gold medal and Kayla Miracle earned a silver medal Thursday for the United States, which finished fifth in the final team standings. Danny Boychuck was fifth at 46 kg Sunday to lead the U.S. men during their 10th-place finish in Greco-Roman.
• The United States finished fourth at the FEI World Endurance Championship for equestrian Saturday in Euston Park, Great Britain. Elsewhere, the USEF National Dressage Championships came to a close Sunday with three titles decided: Genay Vaughn riding Anakin won the Dressage Seat Medal Finals in the 14-18 division, Alice Tarjan, riding Somer Hit, won the National Young Horse Dressage Championships and Caroline Roffman riding, Her Highness O, won National Developing Horse Prix St. Georges Dressage Championship.
• The United States won four straight games but fell short of a championship game appearance with a 26-19 loss to Canada Sunday in the final game of the Rugby World Cup Sevens Qualifier in Ottawa, Canada.
• Ryan Boldt went 3-for-4 Sunday but the USA Baseball 18-Under National Team fell to Chinese Taipei, 7-2, in a baseball exhibition in Taichung, Taiwan.
• Jarrod Shoemaker finished 17th Saturday to lead the United States at the ITU World Triathlon event in Stockholm, Sweden. Matt Chrabot did not finish. No U.S. women competed in the event.
• Despite dropping its final Group D match in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 loss to defending champion Germany, the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament. The United States was shut out for the first time in this year’s tournament while Germany has yet to allow a goal through three games and won Group D with nine points. The United States will face Korea DPR (North Korea) in a quarterfinal match Aug. 31 at Komaba Stadium in Saitama. The quarterfinal match will be broadcast live on ESPNU and ESPN3 with coverage starting at 6:20 a.m. ET.
• Ten athletes won national titles at the 22nd Disabled Water Ski National Championships at Shortline Lake in Elk Grove, Calif. The Disabled Nationals featured the United States’ top disabled water ski athletes competing for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall. There were three categories – Seated, Standing and Vision Impaired. National Championships event winners were based on a two-round total of overall points compared to the 2011 U.S. National Records. National Championships overall winners were based on the overall points from the best of either round as compared to the 2011 U.S. National records. Athletes earning national titles in the men’s seated division were: Bill Furbish (slalom and tricks); and Joe Ray (jumping and overall). Athletes earning national titles in the men’s standing division were: Jeff Hancock (slalom) and Craig Timm (tricks, jumping and overall). Athletes earning national titles in the men’s vision impaired division were: James McLemore (slalom) and Mike Royal (tricks). Athletes earning national titles in the women’s seated division were: Jaclyn Schmidt (slalom); and Megan McCauley (tricks, jumping and overall). Tammy Allard won titles in women’s standing slalom and tricks, and Katie Mawby won titles in women’s vision impaired slalom and tricks.
• The U.S. Sprint National Championships, which featured many of the nation’s elite sprint kayakers, were held in Seattle this past weekend (click here for results).
• The Americans earned a fourth-place finish in the women’s team sprint on the first day of the 2012 UCI Juniors Track World Championships at Stadium Southland Velodrome in Invercargill, New Zealand. The American tandem of Chloe Chepigin (Chappaqua, N.Y./Riptide Cycling-Team EPS-CSS p/b Shebell &Shebell) and Jennifer Valente (San Diego, Calif./Exergy TWENTY12) qualified in fourth place with a time of 37.381 to face the Australians for the bronze medal. The U.S. duo improved their time in the 3/4 final, finishing in 37.101, but it was not fast enough to beat the Australian twosome of Allee Proud and Caitlin Ward, who posted a 35.428 to place third. The Russians posted unofficial world record times of 34.321 in the qualifying round before improving that to 34.155 in the final round to beat the New Zealanders.
• For results from the USBA Summer Biathlon National Championships held on Donner Summit in California, click here.
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.