Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: April 22, 2013
|Gwen Jorgensen became the first U.S. woman to claim a World Triathlon Series victory in San Diego on April 19, 2013.|
Gwen Jorgensen surged into the lead in the final mile of the run Sunday to become the first U.S. woman to win an ITU World Triathlon Series title Friday at the Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego in Mission Beach, Calif.
Jorgensen finished the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run in 1:59:59 while also claiming her first USA Triathlon Elite National Championships title.
“It’s a huge honor and I think it’s only going to increase our athletes in the U.S.,” said Jorgensen, a 2012 Olympian, who won by four seconds. “It’s going to motivate and push other U.S. athletes as well.
“It’s really exciting because it was on U.S. soil.”
Sarah Groff, another Olympian, was the second U.S. woman to finish, taking seventh overall.
Jarrod Shoemaker’s 2009 win in Hamburg, Germany, was the only previous U.S. victory in the ITU World Triathlon Series. Jorgensen had placed second once in each of the previous two years.
Jorgensen was in the top 10 in the swim and came out of the bike 70 seconds behind the four leaders, which included Groff. Her 33:10 for the 10K was the fastest run by anyone in the field.
“I’m really focusing on my swim and I still have some work to do,” Jorgensen said. “I wasn’t in that front group, so after I got out of the water, I just tried to remain calm and stay in the front of the bike pack.”
Matt Chrabot won his second USA Triathlon Elite National Championships title Saturday as the top American finisher in the Omegawave World Triathlon San Diego. Chrabot finished 14th overall in 1:49:23.
Joe Maloy placed second among Americans in 1:49:36, and four-time Olympian Hunter Kemper took third in 1:49:56.
Alistair Brownlee, the London 2012 Olympic gold medalist from Great Britain, won the overall race title.
More than half the 2012 Olympic field competed in the event. A field of 1,800 age-group runners competed Saturday. Triathlon Club of San Diego won the USA Triathlon Club National Championships in Division I, which is for clubs with 250 or more members.
The Challenged Athletes Foundation World Paratriathlon was held in conjunction with the ITU World Triathlon in Mission Beach, Calif., Saturday.
Melissa Stockwell, a three-time world champion and Paralympic swimmer, won the Female TRI-2 title.
Other U.S. winners in the event, which featured a 750-meter swim, 20K bike and 5K run, were: Erica Davis, Female TRI-1; Mark Barr, Male TRI-2; David Kyle, Male TRI-3; Tisa Cawthon, Female TRI-4; Chris Hammer, Male TRI-4; Megan Fisher, Female TRI-5; Patricia Walsh, Female TRI-6a; and Aaron Scheidies, Male TRI-6b.
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TRACK AND FIELD
A moment of silence for Boston Marathon bombing victims was observed before the London Marathon was run Sunday, just six days after the incident in Massachusetts. A field of more than 35,000 ran with London Marathon officials pledging a donation for each finisher to The One Fund Boston, which will benefit victims bombing victims. Tatyana McFadden, a U.S. Paralympic gold medalist from Maryland, won the wheelchair race less than one week after winning the Boston Marathon.
See photos of McFadden’s back-to-back marathon victories here: Read more about McFadden’s remarkable week here.
The United States bounced back from an opening loss at the IIHF World U18 Championship in Sochi, Russia, to defeat the Czech Republic, 4-3, Saturday and Latvia, 7-1, Sunday. Tyler Motte had two goals in each win and also added an assist against Latvia.
The United States took the silver medal after losing to Canada, 1-0 Saturday in the championship game of the IPC World Championships in Goyang, South Korea. Steve Cash made 14 saves in the loss. The United States, which had won the previous two world championships, finished 14-3-0 in the 2012-13 season.
The U.S. women won the team gold medal at the super-elite Pan American Championships in San Juan, Costa Rica, Sunday to finish a weekend in which the United States also won 10 individual medals.
The combination of Marti Malloy, Angelica Delgado, Hannah Martin, Katie Sell and Bianca Lockette won all three of its team matches, including a 5-0 sweep of Mexico for the championship.
The International Judo Federation is trying to have team competition added to the Olympic Games in time for the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.
The U.S. men finished fourth. Nick Delpopolo won a gold medal Saturday at 73 kg.
The United States had two women —Malloy at 57 kg and Adonis Diaz at 55 kg — capture silver medals Saturday.
Three men and two women claimed bronze medals Friday. Travis Stevens and Jonathan Fernandez, both at 81 kg, and Jacob Larsen, at 90 kg, finished third. Hannah Martin (63 kg) and Olympic champion Kayla Harrison (70 kg) were also third.
Brad Bolen (66 kg) and Nick Kossor (60 kg) added bronze medals Saturday.
Olympic champion Kayla Harrison (70 kg) also took the bronze.
Sisters Venus and Serena Williams led the United States to a 3-2 victory over Sweden in a Federation Cup match by winning singles matches Sunday in Delray Beach, Fla.
Venus Williams supplied the clinching point with a 6-3, 7-5 singles win over Johanna Larsson.
“When you’re on a team, you just want to do more,” she said. “Sometimes that can be a lot more pressure.”
Selena Williams defeated Sofia Arvidsson, 6-2, 6-1.
The United States needed both singles wins because it defaulted doubles due to injuries.
Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs ran his winning streak to 52 straight bouts Saturday night in Las Vegas by defeating David Taylor, 3-1, 1-0, in the 74 kg/163-pound men’s freestyle final to win his second U.S. Open title.
Reece Humphrey defeated Olympic bronze medalist Coleman Scott, 1-0, 1-0, in the 60 kg/132-pound final to earn Outstanding Wrestler honors.
Alyssa Lampe was named Outstanding Wrestler in women’s freestyle for her efforts Friday, which included a 3-0, 5-2 win over Victoria Anthony in the 48 kg/105.5-pound final.
Helen Maroulis won her fourth U.S. Open title in women’s freestyle with a 3-0, 5-0 win over Katherine Fulp-Allen at 55 kg/121 pounds.
Ellis Coleman was named Outstanding Wrestler in Greco-Roman after a 0-3, 4-0, 2-1 win over Kendrick Sanders in the 66 kg/145.5-pound final.
Joe Betterman won his fourth title in Greco-Roman at 60 kg/132 pounds.
The top seven finishers in each weight class qualified for the U.S. World Team Trials that will take place in June in Stillwater, Okla.
Sam Mikulak, a 2012 Olympian, won the all-around title as well as the parallel bars and high bar titles while also leading the University of Michigan to the team title at the NCAA Men’s Championships in State College, Pa. Saturday and Sunday. Elsewhere, 2008 Olympian and 2009 world champion Bridget Sloan won the all-around and balance beam titles while helping the University of Florida win the NCAA Women’s Championships in Los Angeles Friday through Sunday.
Read more about Sam Mikulak here.
Read more about Bridget Sloan here.BEACH VOLLEYBALL
The United States had the second- and third-place women’s teams at the NORCECA Circuit stop in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Jenny Kropp and Whitney Pavlik fell one win short of successfully defending their title. They lost to Canada’s Kacie MacTavish and Caleigh Whitaker 21-17, 21-16 in Sunday’s final. Kropp and Pavlik were also second in the NORCECA event in the Cayman Islands earlier this season.
Brittany Hochevar and Emily Day earned the bronze medal with a 21-13, 21-8 win over Guatemala’s Maria Jose Orellana and Lourdes Ramirez.
Kropp-Pavlik topped Hochevar-Day 19-21, 21-11, 15-10 in an all-United States semifinal.
Through three events, U.S. women’s teams have one gold, three silvers and two bronzes.
John Mayer and Stafford Slick finished fourth among men’s teams.
Elsewhere, Pepperdine’s Lilla Frederick and Kim Hill won the pairs title Sunday at the USA Volleyball Beach Collegiate Challenge in Hermosa Beach, Calif., to finish their season with a 26-0 record.
Etc.DIVING: Brothers Dwight and Troy Dumais finished fourth in the synchronized 3-meter event when the FINA Diving World Series stop in Edinburgh, Great Britain concluded Sunday. Troy Dumais was also sixth in the individual 3-meter.
TABLE TENNIS: The United won three of four titles at the ITTF North America Cup Saturday and Sunday in Westchester, N.Y. Olympian Lily Zhang won the women’s singles title. Victor Liu and Crystal Wang were the boys’ and girls’ champions.
FIELD HOCKEY: Lauren Pfeiffer scored and goalkeeper Alesha Widdall posted the shutout Sunday when the U.S. women defeated South Korea, the No. 8-ranked team, 1-0, for third place in the second round of the Four Nations Tournament in Hamilton, New Zealand.
CYCLING: Brooke Crain finished second at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Saturday in Manchester, England. Connor Fields won his semifinal on the way to fifth in the elite men’s race. Alise Post was second among elite women and Fields was third among men’s Superfinal time trials Friday.
SHOOTING: Ryan Anderson swept both smallbore (.22 caliber) events, winning Three-Position and Prone, to conclude the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships. Elsewhere, the ISSF World Cup shotgun competition is continuing through Tuesday in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.
SITTING VOLLEYBALL: The U.S. men defeated Colombia, 25-14, 27-25, 25-12, Saturday in the championship match of the Central American Games for Sitting Volleyball in San Jose, Costa Rica. Dan Regan had six kills, three blocks and an ace Saturday. The United States did not lose a set while going 5-0 in the tournament.
BASKETBALL: The World Team defeated the U.S. Junior National Select Men’s Team 112-98 in the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore., Saturday. Jabari Parker led the United States with 22 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Julius Randle, who had eight rebounds, and Andrew Harrison, who had five assists, added 19 points each.
Story courtesy of 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.