Olympic Weekend Wrap-Up: June 11, 2012
Tyson Gay, seen here running in the Aviva London Grand Prix in 2010, returned to compete this weekend at the 2012 Adidas Grand Prix in New York.
TRACK AND FIELD
Tyson Gay made an impressive 2012 debut with an appearance in the adidas Grand Prix in New York on Saturday, just two weeks before the start of the Olympic Team Trials, which will be held in Eugene, Ore.
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Gay, who was competing for the first time since missing a year because of hip surgery, won the men’s 100-meter “B” race by finishing in 10.00 seconds into a 1.5 meters-per-second headwind.
Jamaica’s Yohan Blake (9.90), Trinidad and Tobago’s Keston Bledman (9.93) and American Mike Rodgers (9.99) each finished faster in their 100-meter race, but did so with the help of a 0.7 mps tailwind.
“It feels good to be back out there,” Gay said. “I think my agent tricked me saying he was putting me in a low-key heat. But then I got out here and see all of the cameras. I was pretty nervous.
“I would like to get one more race in before the Trials. I have time to get better.”
Sanya Richards-Ross posted her second world-leading time of 2012 in as many weeks while winning the 200-meter dash in 22.09. She won the 400 at the Prefontaine Classic last week in 49.39.
Jesse Williams was one of four men’s high jumpers to exceed the meet record. He won with 7-8 ¾, the second-best height in the world this year.
Bernard Lagat took the lead in the final 80 meters and won the 1,500 in 3:34.63.
T’erea Brown ran the 400 hurdles in 54.85 for a season-best and meet record time.
The adidas Grand Prix was the third stop for the Visa Championship Series and the sixth stop for the Samsung Diamong League. The series concludes with the Olympic Trials June 21-July 1 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The Diamond League heads to Paris July 6 for its next event.SWIMMING
Haley Anderson won the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier Saturday in Setubal, Portugal, qualifying for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Swim Team in the process.
Anderson and Ashley Twichell, who finished fourth, were among a field of 41.
Only one American swimmer could earn a berth in the London 2012 Olympic Games, and, to do so, she had to finish in the top nine or be the continental champion.
“To qualify for the London Olympics is amazing,” Anderson said. “I’m speechless. I called my Dad after the race and said, ‘I did it,’ but that was about all I [could] get out of my mouth.”
Anderson and Twichell battled among the leaders most of the way, with Anderson moving to the front of the pack in the final 500 meters of a race that lasted almost two hours. Like all other Olympic nominations, Anderson’s spot in London is pending confirmation by the United States Olympic Committee.
“I knew I was going to have a good race after swimming well at our nationals in April,” Anderson said. “I’m happy to have won the race and I’m especially happy with the last stretch where I was able to dig deep.”
Elsewhere, the final night of the Mutual of Omaha Swimvitational included impressive wins by Ashley Wanland and David Plummer.
Wanland edged four-time Olympian Amanda Beard for the women’s 100-meter breaststroke gold.
Plummer won the men’s 100-meter backstroke over fellow national team member Matt Grevers and Japanese Olympian Masauki Kishida.
Grevers, a 2008 Olympic silver medalist, won the 200-meter backstroke Saturday by more than three seconds.
Jordyn Wieber won her second consecutive U.S. all-around women’s title Sunday at the Visa Championships in St. Louis.
On the men’s side, John Orozco edged Danell Leyva, 184.850-184.800, Saturday for his first all-around title. Sam Mikulak earned the men’s all-around bronze.
Wieber won the title over Gabrielle Douglas and Alexandra Raisman.
“It’s so exciting to come out and win the Visa Championships in an Olympic year,” Wieber said.
Raisman took the all-around bronze for the third straight year by winning the balance beam and floor.
Alicia Sacramone, a 2008 Olympic silver medalist, won her sixth U.S. title in the vault just eight months after suffering an Achilles tendon injury.
Orozco came from behind in the last event, the floor exercise.
“I can’t even describe how I’m feeling right now,” Orozco said. “Danell gave me such a great fight – it was so exciting and so amazing.
“The level of gymnastics tonight was incredible,” he said after the event.
Levya, the defending all-around champion, finished first in the parallel bars and high bar.
Jake Dalton won the floor title while Alex Naddour won the pommel horse, Jonathan Horton won the still rings and Sean Senters won the vault.
The Visa Championships, USA Gymnastics' national championships, determined the 15 men and 15 women who will form the Senior National Teams and compete in the Olympic Trials June 28-July 1 in San Jose, Calif.
Orozco, Leyva, Mikulak, Dalton, Naddour and Horton will be joined among the men’s competitors by Chris Brooks, Alex Buscaglia, Josh Dixon, Glen Ishino, Steven Legendre, C.J. Maestas, Paul Ruggeri, David Sender and Brandon Wynn.
The women’s Olympic Trials competitors will include Wieber, Douglas, Raisman, Sacramone, Kyla Ross, Elizabeth Price, Sarah Finnegan, Sabrina Vega, Kennedy Baker, Brenna Dowell, Bridget Sloan, McKayla Maroney, Rebecca Bross, Anna Li and 2008 Olympic all-around gold medalist Nastia Liukin.
Donnell Whittenburg (16-18) and Marvin Kimble (14-15) won junior men’s all-around titles.
Lexie Priessman won the female junior all-around title.
Amanda Furrer rallied to claim a spot in London while Sergeant First Class Keith Sanderson and Emil Milev used less dramatic routes to also secure spots Friday during the Olympic Team Trials in Fort Benning, Ga.
Furrer lost her lead on Sarah Scherer during the third and final day of the Women’s Three-Position Rifle before recovering to claim the only available spot. All Olympic nominations are pending approval from the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Sanderson and Milev remained Nos. 1 and 2 in Men’s Pistol.
The last remaining position is in Men’s Three-Position Rifle where the last of three days of competition is Monday.
Furrer thought her opportunity was gone when Scherer, already a nominee for the London 2012 Olympic Games, took the lead.
“I completely thought I was out of it at that point,” she said. “I went outside and fought back the tears and talked to my dad and he told me to hang in there and he calmed me down a little bit.
“I just decided right there that I was not going to give up and I was not going to let it end like that.”
Furrer used a 196-192 advantage over Scherer from the kneeling position to take a 2.1-point lead heading into the final round.
Sanderson shot a new national match record and tied the world match record of 591 points in Men’s 25-meter Rapid Fire Pistol. He finished with 1,781 total points for his second Olympic qualification.
“I was hoping for one point higher, but I’m not complaining,” Sanderson said. “I don’t want to be satisfied with it. I want to be hungry when I go into the Olympic Games and do better.”
Bryant Wallizer won the gold medal in the Men’s 10-meter Air Rifle National Championship.
Petty Officer First Class Sandra Uptagrafft, a recent Olympic team nominee, added a Women’s 10-meter Air Pistol gold medal to her Women’s 25-meter Sport Pistol victory.
Sergeant First Class Jason Parker had a perfect score of 400 in the prone series and retained his lead heading into the final day of the Men’s Rifle Three-Position.
The Olympic Team Trials for Smallbore and National Championships for Rifle/Pistol conclude Monday with competition in the Men’s 50-Meter Rifle Three-Position, Women’s 10-meter Air Rifle, Men’s Center Fire Pistol, Men’s Standard Pistol and Junior Men’s Sport Pistol. The Men’s Three-Position is the only one with an Olympic spot at stake.
Eric Hurd and Jeff Larimer reached the Men’s Double Canoe Final Sunday at the ICF Slalom World Cup in Cardiff, Wales, to claim the last berth for the London 2012 Olympic Games for the United States.
Earlier in the event, Casey Eichfeld (slalom canoe), Caroline Queen (slalom kayak) and Scott Parsons (slalom kayak) qualified for London. Sprint kayakers Carrie Johnson and Tim Hornsby secured berths prior to the weekend.
Hurd and Larimer entered the weekend as the points leaders in Double Canoe. Another U.S. team would have had to finish higher and in the top 20 to deny them the spot. Hurd and Larimer placed ninth to earn their first Olympic berth.
Queen finished 35th, edging Ashley Nee, who was 37th, for the spot. They were tied in Olympic selection points entering the weekend, but had the tiebreaker edge.
Parsons is headed to the Olympic Games for the third straight time and Eichfeld for the second straight time.
Parsons entered with the points lead and placed 11th in the Men’s Kayak Slalom to lead U.S. finishers.
Eichfeld made the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in the Double Canoe. He qualified in the Men’s Single Canoe with a sixth-place finish to bypass 2008 Olympian Benn Fraker, who finished 11th in the semifinals.
Eichfeld needed to finish in the top 20 and at least three spots above Fraker.
“Benn and I both thought it was going to be decided in the semifinals,” Eichfeld said. “It didn’t even occur to me that we would end up taking it into the finals.”
Kayla Harrison, a two-time world medalist, won the Judo Grand Slam in Rio de Janeiro in the 78 kg class, beating Brazil’s Samanta Soares for the title. Travis Stevens, who will be Harrison’s teammate in London this summer, placed second to Brazil’s Victor Penalber in the 81 kg class.
For Harrison, this was her last major test before heading to London this summer and she dominated the competition.
Nick Delpopolo, who qualified to compete in London, placed fifth in the 73 kg class.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis earned her fifth straight individual medal on the international circuit on Saturday when she took bronze at the Gent Saber World Cup in Belgium.
The top-ranked athlete in the world doubled the scores of both of her first two opponents as she took out Davina Hirzmann of Germany, 15-7, in the table of 64 and Iryna Kravchuk of Turkey, 15-5, in the table of 32.
Dagmara Wozniak, who will compete with Zagunis in saber in London, finished sixth.
U.S. head coach Lee Bodimeade added four players to the National Team Friday following the conclusion of the Women’s National Championships in College Park, Md.
Alesha Widdall, Emily Wold, Stephanie Fee and Kelsey Kolojejchick were promoted from the Developmental Squad to join the 23 players already on the national team. Bodimeade will name the 16-player Olympic roster from that group today.
“We need to develop depth and have a succession plan for athletes that may turn over,” said Bodimeade, who also named 15 players to the Developmental Squad. “After the Games, there will be athletes that retire, athletes that want to have time away, and athletes that want to do other things.”
New Jersey shut out Pennsylvania, 4-0, in the tournament championship match to finish 5-0.
Shannon Taylor of North led the tournament with eight goals. Kathleen Sharkey from New Jersey, Lauren Pfeiffer from California and Paige Selenski from Mid Atlantic finished with seven goals each.
The U.S. women’s volleyball team began pursuit of its third straight FIVB World Grand Prix title by winning three weekend matches.
The United States reached 3-0 in Pool B with Sunday’s 25-18, 25-19, 25-15 victory over the Dominican Republic.
China, which shares the lead in the point standings, is also 3-0, along with Cuba and Brazil.
The United States moves into the next round next weekend when it faces Italy, Germany and Brazil.
Destinee Hooker led the win over the Dominican Republic with 15 kills, a block and an ace.
In its earlier matches in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the United States defeated Germany, 25-17, 25-15, 23-25, 25-11, Friday and Chinese Taipei, 25-10, 25-22, 25-12, Saturday.
Elsewhere, the beach volleyball team of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh reached Monday’s semifinals of the Moscow Grand Slam FIVB Swatch World Tour event in Russia.
Olympic gold medalist Anna Tunnicliffe and her Team McLaren crew of Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi, earned a bronze medal in the 2012 Skandia Sail for Gold regatta after defeating Team Skudina of Russia in a one race petit finals. The third-place finish gave Tunnicliffe’s team the ISAF Sailing World Cup Women’s Match Racing title for the second year. The event was held in Weymouth and Portland in the United Kingdom, where the sailing events will be held for the 2012 Games.
Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan earned a silver medal in the women’s 470 and Olympic silver medalist Zach Railey finished fourth in the Finn class.
Carlos Bocanegra tied the career scoring mark for U.S. defenders to lead a 3-1 victory over Antigua & Barbuda Friday in the opener of World Cup men’s soccer Group A semifinal qualifying in front of 23,971 in Tampa, Fla.
Bocanegra, the team captain, has 13 career goals to tie Marcelo Balboa.
Clint Dempsey scored the game-winner on a penalty kick and Herculez Gomez also scored.
The United States plays Guatemala Tuesday in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
The USA Rugby Men’s National Team lost to Canada, 28-25, in a contest held in Kingston, Ont. The next international matchup for the Eagles is June 23 against Italy in Houston.
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.