Olympic Weekend Wrap-Up: June 25, 2012
Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh look on in disbelief after tying for third in the women's 100m.
TRACK AND FIELD
World champion Carmelita Jeter won a dramatic 100-meter race in 10.92, edging Tianna Madison (10.96). The decision on the third Olympic spot in the event has been caught on a dead heat between three-time world 200-meter champion Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh at 11.068.
The final on Saturday involved a photo-finish image to determine third place and the result remains undetermined. Timers use two camera positions for photo finishes: one on the outside of the track and one on the inside. According to a news release from USA Track & Field: “The outside camera is traditionally the one used in photo-finish images. In the women’s 100, the outside camera was inconclusive for determining third place due to athletes’ arms blocking a clear view of their torsos. Torso position is used to determine finishes and times.”
There are a few possibilities as to how the third-place finisher will be determined. Among the ideas are a coin toss and a runoff. Making the decision even more intriguing is that both Felix and Tarmoh train together with coach Bobby Kersee.
There was plenty of other drama at the Trials.
Reigning Olympic champion Dawn Harper won the 100-meter hurdles. Harper and Lolo Jones will be returning to the Olympic Games and will be joined by Kellie Wells. All qualifiers are subject to the approval of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Attendance climbed to a record of 27,013 Sunday at Hayward Field when seven finals were on the schedule.
Sanya Richards-Ross tied the U.S. Olympic Trials record and posted the world’s top time of the year by finishing the 400 in 49.28 seconds. Chandra Cheeseborough ran the same time in 1984.
Dee Dee Trotter finished second to make her third consecutive Olympic squad and indoor American record-holder Francena McCorory claimed the third spot.
|Qualified since June 18, 2012
|Track and Field
Women's 100m Hurdles
Dee Dee Trotter
Men's Hammer Throw
Women's Hammer Throw
Men's Shot Put
Men's Long Jump
George Kitchens, Jr.
Women's Pole Vault
Men's 10m Synchronized
Men's 3m Synchronized
Women's 3m Synchronized
Men's Water Polo
Women’s Quadruple Sculls
Men’s Quadruple Sculls
Defending Olympic 400 champion LaShawn Merritt won with a world-leading time of 44.12. Bryshon Nellum, who missed two years of competition after a gunshot wound to his leg in 2008, took the third spot behind Tony McQuay.
Justin Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic champion, earned his second Olympic team spot by winning the 100 in 9.80 seconds. Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey also made the team.
Marquise Goodwin won the men’s long jump, Reese Hoffa won the men’s shot put; Stephanie Brown-Trafton won the women’s discus and Jenn Suhr won the women’s pole vault.
Hoffa’s world-leading put of 72-2 ¼ helped send him back to the Olympic Games along with 2008 silver medalist Christian Cantwell.
Brown-Trafton, the defending Olympic champion, made her third Olympic team while Aretha Thurmond made it in the discus for the fourth time.
Suhr finished second at Beijing in 2008.
Former Oregon runner Galen Rupp and Amy Hastings won the 10,000-meter titles Friday.
Rupp set a meet record in 27:36.49.
Ashton Eaton broke an 11-year-old world record in the decathlon Saturday night, scoring 9,039 points, 13 more than the record held by Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic, before a crowd of 21,795.
Eaton, a graduate of the University of Oregon, became the first athlete to set a world record at the U.S. Olympic Trials since Michael Johnson ran the 200 meters in 19.66 seconds in Atlanta in 1996. Needing a time of 4:16.23 or better in the closing 1,500-meter run, Eaton finished in 4:14.48.
Former decathlon world record holders Bruce Jenner and Dan O’Brien were at the finish line to congratulate Eaton.
Eaton called the record “a representation of all the work I have put in, but also my friends, family support and staff have put in.”
Trey Hardee, the 2011 world champion, claimed the second spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team with 8,383 points. One of the biggest surprises in the decathlon event was that 2008 Olympic champion Bryan Clay will not be in London to defend his title. He finished 12th after failing to attempt the final hurdle and fouled out on all three discus throws.
The old and the new combined Friday night to form a team that landed spots on the United States diving team for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Troy Dumais became a four-time Olympic qualifier by joining first-time qualifier Kristian Ipsen to form the winning men’s synchronized 3-meter diving champions at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Federal Way, Wash.
The 11-member diving team was completed when the Trials came to an end Sunday night. All nominees are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee.
Dumais, 32, joins Greg Louganis as the only U.S. male divers to be named to four Olympic teams. Louganis made the 1976, 1980, 1984 and 1988 teams.
“Four Olympics is a phenomenal feat,” said Dumais, who also qualified in 2000, 2004 and 2008. “It’s nice going to four Olympics and it’s even nicer working your tail off and reaching your dreams and goals.”
Dumais and Ipsen scored 1296.21 points, 32.7 ahead of Chris Colwill and Drew Livingston.
“When it was over and I looked up at my family and friends. It was finally like a dream come true,” said Ipsen, 19.
Cassidy Krug and Christina Loukas earned spots on the team Saturday with their 1-2 finish in the women’s 3-meter springboard. Loukas made the team for the second time.
“I’ve been wanting to go to the Olympics since I was 3,” Krug said. “I can’t believe I’m really going.”
David Boudia and Nick McCrory, who had already qualified as the men’s 10-meter synchronized team, finished 1-2 in the 10-meter standings Saturday and will compete as individuals as well.
Colwill earned his second trip to the Olympic Games by winning the men’s 3-meter Sunday when Dumais finished second.
The last two spots went to Brittany Viola and Katherine Bell for finishing first and second in the women’s 10-meter. Viola, the daughter of Cy Young winning pitcher Frank Viola, missed qualifying for the Olympic Team in 2004 and 2008 so her performance this weekend marked personal redemption.
Earlier, Kelci Bryant and Abby Johnston won the women’s synchronized 3-meter to take the first two spots on the roster.
The U.S. women finished the FIVB World Grand Prix preliminary rounds unbeaten after defeating host Thailand, 25-16, 25-17, 25-17, in Pool J Sunday in Bangkok.
The United States, the top-ranked team in the world, lost just two sets in nine matches to finish first in the preliminary standings.
Both teams had already clinched spots in the Final Round, scheduled June 27-July 1 in Ningbo, China, prior to the match.
Kristin Richards had 18 kills, three aces and two blocks.
The United States defeated Serbia, 25-19, 25-23, 25-18, Friday and Argentina, 25-23, 25-17, 25-12, Saturday.
Elsewhere, the U.S. men are on a six-match winning streak after defeating host South Korea, 25-20, 25-18, 25-18, Sunday in an FIVB World League match in Gwangju, South Korea.
The United States is 7-2 and first in Pool C heading into the final three pool matches June 29-July 1 in Dallas.“It is nice to win three straight World League matches in Gwangju,” U.S. captain Clay Stanley said. “It was an almost perfect game today. Both serving and blocking were very good. I hope we have more games like this.”
Matt Anderson had nine kills, three aces and a block. Reid Priddy had nine kills, two blocks and an ace.
The United States beat Italy, 22-25, 25-21, 29-27, 25-16, Friday and France, 25-21, 25-21, 25-20, Saturday.
Two-time Olympic champion Mariel Zagunis set herself up to be the women’s saber top seed at the London 2012 Olympic Games with a silver medal finish at the Korfanty Cup Saturday then helped the United States win the women’s team title Sunday in Chicago.
Zagunis posted her seventh consecutive individual podium finish of the season. She rallied from a 13-7 deficit in the final but eventually fell to Ukraine’s Olga Kharlan, 15-13.
“I was happy with all of my other bouts except the one with Kharlan today, but it’s a good indication of what I need to work on for the next month leading into London,” Zagunis said.
The final World Cup event of the season was recently renamed in honor of Ed Korfanty, the coach who has helped Zagunis to her two Olympic and four Senior World Championship titles.
Ibtihaj Muhammad, Skyla Powers and Dagmara Wozniak joined Zagunis for Sunday’s team victory.
The U.S. men’s team finished ninth.
Muhammad finished 11th. Last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named Muhammad to serve on the U.S. Department of State’s Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports.
London Olympic nominee James Williams led the U.S. men with a 15th-place finish.
Reo Wilde and Christie Colin won individual titles as the week-long World Cup event in Ogden, Utah, came to a close.
Wilde, ranked number-one in the world, produced his third World Cup win of the season in the compound men.
Wilde pulled out a 145-144 victory over Peter Elzinga on the last arrow. With the win, he became the first archer to win four majors with titles at Ogden, Shanghai, Antalya and Porec.
Colin defeated Jamie Van Natta in an all-U.S. compound women’s final.
Jennifer Nichols finished second in recurve women.
On Thursday, the U.S. women’s team of Miranda Leek, Khatuna Lorig and Nichols qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Sarah Groff continued her preparation for London with her top performance of the season, taking seventh place at the ITU World Triathlon in Kitzbuhel, Austria.
Groff completed the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run in 2:06:20 for her sixth top-10 finish in a World Triathlon Series event during the past two seasons.
Gwen Jorgensen and Lukas Verzbicas each used strong runs to improve their final placements.
Jorgensen, another Olympic qualifier, tied for the fastest running split to finish 11th in 2:06:42. Kelly Whitley was 24th. Jorgensen ran her 10K in 34:29.
Verzbicas had the second-fastest running split Sunday to take 32nd in the men’s race. The 19-year-old finished in 1:56:36 in his first World Triathlon Series start.
Elsewhere, David Luscan and Martha Hall took the overall titles at the first USA Triathlon Aquabike National Championship at Richmond, Va.
Luscan finished the 650-meter swim and 18.8-mile bike more than three minutes ahead of the field in 50:15.
Head coach Terry Schroeder named thirteen athletes to the Olympic men’s water polo team this weekend in Huntington Beach, California.
Along with team captain Tony Azevedo and center Ryan Bailey, ten of the thirteen players are returners from the 2008 Beijing Games’ gold medal squad.
Azevedo and Bailey are heading to their fourth Olympic Games in London, a record for men’s USA water polo athletes. The team most recently finished in fourth place at the FINA World League Super Final in Kazakhstan.
The United States tied Argentina, 2-2, Saturday in Virginia Beach, Va., to finish 1-1-2 in a four-game women’s field hockey series against the No. 2 ranked team in the world in its final games before competing in the Olympic Games in London.
Melissa Gonzalez and Paige Selenski scored goals.
“The key thing heading into the Olympics now is to stay on course and be confident in the direction that we’re heading,” U.S. coach Lee Bodimeade said.
The U.S. Olympic synchronized swimming duet of Mariya Koroleva and Mary Killman used its new free routine Saturday to finish fourth at the Spanish Open.
The United States defeated Canada, 9-1, in five innings during the Title IX Celebration Game Saturday at the Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Christi Orgeron’s two-run double brought an end to the game on the eight-run rule. Winning pitcher Jordan Taylor struck out six while allowing three hits in three innings.
Jahlil Okafor scored 26 points and Dakari Johnson added 17 Sunday to lead the United States to a 108-72 rout over Latvia in the first game of the U-17 Grand Canary Basketball Invitational. The United States plays either Spain or Australia for the title at 8:30 p.m Monday.
Samantha Kinchen, the 154-pound female champion, scored the only first-round stoppage in the finals of the Junior Olympic Boxing National Championships in Mobile, Ala.
Julian Kyer, who earlier won the elite men’s time trial, wrapped up the USA Cycling Juniors, Under-23, Elite & Paralympic Road National Championships at Augusta, Ga., by winning the men’s elite U-23 road nationals Sunday. Robert Bush won Saturday’s U-23 men’s road race.
Tyler Magner won the men’s U-23, 60-kilometer race and Theresa Cliff-Ryan won the elite women, 50-kilometer race Friday.Jose Diaz won the 18-and-under boys’ singles gold division and teamed with Marco Rojas to win the 18-and-under boys’ doubles division at the National Junior Olympic Racquetball Championships, which concluded Sunday in Fullerton, Calif.
Kelly Kulick, a two-time bowling champion in the U.S. Women’s Open, averaged 245 for six games Sunday to maintain her lead at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. Kulick’s 238.5 average has her 70 pins in front of Stefanie Nation.
The field of 202 was trimmed to 50. After another round of six games today, the top 16 will advance to the start of round-robin match play tonight.
The United States beat Mexico Sunday to finish seventh in the Pan American Championships for men’s team handball in Argentina.
Chile defeated the United States, 35-19, Friday in the final match of Group play.
Akash Modi earned the individual all-around bronze while leading the United States to the men’s team silver at the Junior Pan American Gymnastics Championships in Medellin, Colombia. Modi placed second in the parallel bars and the pommel horse. U.S. teammate Marvin Kimble placed third in rings and fourth in the vault.
Micki Reeves and Colleen Hickey placed 13th and 15th in the Women’s Canoe to lead U.S. entries in the ICF Slalom World Cup event in La Seu d’Urgell, Spain.
Paul Emerick had the only try for the United States in a 30-10 loss to Italy in a men’s rugby exhibition Saturday night in Houston.
USA Baseball announced the 40 players named to the 18-Under National team Trials following five days of play in the Tournament of Stars at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The 22-man Collegiate National Team also reported to begin its month-long summer season.
Both rosters can be found 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.