Olympic Weekend Wrap-Up
The second men’s skeet berth up for grabs at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Shotgun came down to sudden death for three shooters after 525 targets were not enough to separate them in Tucson, Ariz.
Vincent Hancock, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist, landed one spot and waited for the 25-target shoot-off to determine his teammate. Frank Thompson used a perfect performance in sudden death to claim the other spot over Jon Michael McGrath and Mark Weeks.
“This means a lot to me and I’ve been working hard toward this goal for over eight years now and I’m glad I finally made it,” Thompson said.
Corey Cogdell, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, earned her second Olympic spot in women’s trap.
Hancock, Thompson and Cogdell join Glenn Eller, who earned a spot in double trap Saturday as well as Josh Richmond and Kim Rhode, who were already on the team. Richmond made it in men’s double trap and Rhode in women’s skeet. Eller, who hit 49 of 50 targets in the final round, clinched his fourth Olympic berth.
All athletes must be nominated to the Olympic team by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Featherweight Tiara Brown won the gold medal in her first major international event, defeating Poland’s Sandra Kruk 24-21 Saturday in the finals of the AIBA Women’s World Championships in Qinhuangdao, China.
Brown won in a weight class (125 pounds) that is not going to be featured in the Olympic Games this summer when women’s boxing makes its Olympic debut in London.
The Americans who claimed Olympic berths (pending nomination by the U.S. Olympic Committee) are flyweight Marlen Esparza and middleweight Claressa Shields. Shields, 17, qualified for the Games in London despite losing in the second round of these world championships. Still, Shields was a top-two finisher from the Americas at the world championships and that earned her a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.
Meanwhile, Welterweight Raquel Miller and light heavyweight Franchon Chews lost in the finals and wound up with silver medals.
Brown, who competed as lightweight in the Olympic Trials before moving down in weight, became just the third U.S. woman to win a world championship with her victory.
Miller, also making her debut at the World Championships, won four bouts before falling to Ukraine’s Mariia Badulina, 14-8. China’s Yuan Meiqing defeated Crews, 18-11.
Bantamweight Christina Cruz and light welterweight Mikaela Mayer earned bronze medals earlier in the tournament.
The United States men, who have already qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games, got off to a 1-2 start in FIVB World League pool play in Florence, Italy.
The United States, which is off until June 15-17 in Lyon, France, lost to Italy 25-16, 25-20, 25-16 Sunday.
Clay Stanley and Matt Anderson each had seven attacks and one block against Italy.
The United States lost to France 17-25, 25-20, 26-24, 25-17 in the opener Friday before beating South Korea 20-25, 18-25, 25-17, 25-23, 17-15 on Saturday.
South Korea led 9-6 in the third set before the United States started its comeback. Korea also had a 23-19 lead in the fourth set before the United States scored the final six points.
“I’m happy with the way we responded,” U.S. head coach Alan Knipe said.
Reid Priddy had 19 points on 15 attacks, two blocks and two aces.
Five of six U.S. crews advanced while the lightweight men’s four set itself up for a second opportunity to advance in Monday’s repechage with performances on the opening day of the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta on Sunday in Lucerne, Switzerland.
The regatta continues through Wednesday.
The U.S. men’s eight team won its heat and advanced as the top seed in Tuesday’s final. Zach Vlahos, Grant James, David Banks, Steve Kasprzyk, Jake Cornelius, Brett Newlin, Ross James, Will Miller and Giuseppe Lanzone make up the team. The United States’ men’s eight is competing against France and New Zealand in this event, the last chance Team USA has to earn a spot to compete in London.
The women’s double sculls crew of Sarah Trowbridge and Margot Shumway got the day started by winning their heat to advance directly to the final on Tuesday.
Warren Anderson and Sam Stitt finished second in their heat in men’s double sculls to reach the semifinals on Tuesday.
Gevvie Stone also finished second to take a spot in the semifinals in women’s single sculls.
Will Daly and Andrew Campbell won a heat in lightweight men’s double sculls and reached the semifinals on Tuesday.
Robin Prendes, Nick LaCava, Will Newell and Anthony Fahden finished second in their lightweight men’s four heat and will have a second chance Monday.
Mariel Zagunis won the gold medal at Women’s Saber World Cup fencing event in Tianjin, China.
Dagmara Izabela Wozniak, Ibtihaj Muhammad and Daria Hyla Schneider finished in the 10th through 12th spots.
Elsewhere, Race Imboden won his second career World Cup medal with the bronze at the men’s foil competition in Seoul, South Korea. Alexander Massialas was 12th.
Lee Kiefer finished seventh and Nzingha Prescod 13th in the women’s foil event in Seoul.
• Tim Hornsby and Ryan Dolan finished seventh and eighth in the Men’s K-1 200-meter C Final at the ICF Canoe/Kayak Sprint World Cup in Poznan, Poland, extending their battle for a U.S. Olympic Team spot another week. Hornsby and Dolan will continue their pursuit of the lone U.S. men’s sprint kayak Olympic berth May 25-27 at the World Cup event in Duisburg, Germany.
Maggie Hogan and Kaitlyn McElroy finished third in the Women’s K-2 500m B Final Sunday after taking a bronze medal in the Women’s K-2 1000m Saturday.
• Janay DeLoach set the meet record of 22-1 feet while winning the women’s long jump at the Samsung Diamond League event in Shanghai. Other U.S. winners were: Chaunté Lowe in the women’s high jump; Reese Hoffa in the men’s shot put and Angelo Taylor in the men’s 400 hurdles.
China’s Liu Xiang won the 110 hurdles, beating Americans David Oliver and Jason Richardson (the reigning world champion) in the process. American Carmelita Jeter was runner-up to Veronica Campbell-Brown in the women’s 200.
• Justin Ruiz won in the last Greco-Roman match of his career and Ben Provisor defeated 2008 Olympic champion Manuchar Kvirkelia in the Curby Cup, a dual meet with Georgia in LaGrange, Ill. Justin Lester also won but Georgia took the meet, 4-3.
• Craig Evans finished second among men’s elite competitors and Suzanne Snyder was fourth among women’s elite at the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships Saturday. The event featured a 1.5-kilometer swim, 30-km mountain bike race and 10-km trail run in Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Ala. The United States produced a total of 18 titles and 50 overall medals at the event, which also included age-group competition.
• Hannah Martin won three matches to capture the gold medal at the IJF World Cup judo event in San Salvador, El Salvador. Tony Sangimino took the silver medal at 81 kg and Brad Bolen the bronze medal at 66 kg.
• The United States’ women’s field hockey team earned two victories against Canada, including a 3-1 win Saturday and a 4-1 victory Sunday in the first two games of a four-game women’s field hockey series in Victoria, British Columbia. The United States scored three times in eight minutes late in Saturday’s game. Lauren Pfeiffer and Lauren Crandall each had goals in both games.
• Shane Maier finished third in the 105+ kg clean and jerk division at the Pan American Championships for weightlifting Friday in Antigua, Guatemala.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.