|Alysia Johnson Montano competes during the women's 800m semifinals at the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on Aug. 9, 2012 in London, England.
It was a big weekend for track and field, as a who’s who of U.S. Olympians competed at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia and the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.
In the USA vs. the World competition at the Penn Relays, Team USA Red opened Saturday by setting an American record in the women’s 4x800 meters and went on to win four of the six events in the competition.
The team of Lea Wallace, Brenda Martinez, Ajee Wilson and Alysia Montano finished in 8:04.31. Montano had the best split in 1:58.6.
“I’m so incredibly proud of all these girls,” Montano said. “I have the greatest faith in them, and I am so proud to be able to anchor this team to a win.”
Team USA Red edged Great Britain by two-hundredths of a second to win the women’s 4x400. Jessica Beard, Natasha Hastings, Dee Dee Trotter and Francena McCorory finished in 3:22.66, with Hastings running the fastest split. Sanya Richards-Ross, a member of the gold-medal relay team in London, did not compete at the Penn Relays. She reportedly is recovering from a toe injury.
Jamaica won the women’s 4x100, beating a U.S. team that featured three of the four record-setting members from the London Games. Tianna Madison Bartoletta, Allyson Felix and Bianca Knight ran the first three legs of that race and placed third. The 4x100 was the only event Felix entered at the Penn Relays.
Team USA Red also won the men’s 4x400 and men’s 4x100. Torrin Lawrence, Manteo Mitchell, Bershawn Jackson and Tony McQuay formed the 4x400 team. Mike Rodgers, Justin Gatlin, Doc Patton and Ryan Bailey won the 4x100. Ethiopia won the men’s distance medley relay.
Meanwhile, the Drake Relays featured 25 Olympic medalists competing in 12 events dubbed “London Rematch.” Queen Harrison, Reese Hoffa and Christian Taylor set world-best performances Saturday to bring the total to 11 world bests during the event on the famous blue oval.
Harrison won the 100-meter hurdles in 12.71 seconds to finish first in a field that including five 2012 Olympians, including champion Dawn Harper, who was second in 12.74 and Kellie Wells, who was third (12.78). Harper and Wells were second and third in the event at the London Games. Meanwhile, Lolo Jones, a hometown favorite at the Drake Relays, placed fourth (12.79).
Hoffa, an Olympic bronze medalist, won the shot put in 21.71 meters (71-2 ¾).
Taylor, the Olympic gold medalist, won the men’s triple jump with 57-1.
U.S. Olympians Sean Rosenthal and Phil Dalhausser won a tournament together for the first time Saturday when they took the FIVB Fuzhou Open in China. The American duo defeated Italy’s Nicolai Paolo and Daniele Lupo 21-18, 24-22 in the final.
“It was a great match; we match up similar,” Rosenthal said in an FIVB news release. “Nicolai is a great blocker; he’s great up there. And Daniele is a big defender; he’s a tall kid in the back."
“They’re young and they’re getting better and better.”
Rosenthal and Dalhausser, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist, defeated Brazil’s Ricardo Alex Costa Santos and Alvaro Morais Filho 19-21, 26-24, 20-18 in the semifinals.
Meanwhile, 2012 Olympic silver medalists April Ross and Jennifer Kessy finished fifth in the women’s tournament.
Beezie Madden, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, and Simon won the Rolex/FEI World Cup Final Sunday in Gothenburg, Sweden. Elsewhere, Andrew Nicholson with Quimbo won North America’s only CCI4* event for the first time with a victory at the Rolex Kentucky.
“It's been a dream of mine to win the World Cup and I can't believe I've done it,” Madden said in a news release. “It's a title I've always wanted to win and the closest I had been before was fourth so it was a nice jump to make.”
Madden was joined by five other Americans in Sunday's final as McLain Ward, Reed Kessler, Karl Cook, Katie Dinan and Charlie Jayne also completed both rounds.
The finals at the Texas Shootout, USA Archery's second USAT Qualifier Series Event of 2013, showed that even the country's best archers can't take a national ranking for granted.
For the recurve women, Michelle Gilbert clinched her first gold medal on the senior podium, edging out Olympian Miranda Leek with a 6-2 win. Ariel Gibilaro, nine months into her time training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and shooting this event as a junior, also took her own bronze medal win with a close 6-5 tiebreaker victory versus three-time Olympian Jennifer Nichols.
The recurve men's group also saw two Olympic medalists, Brady Ellison and Jake Kaminski, shooting head-to-head to win gold and silver, respectively, in a very close 6-4 win for Ellison.
Reo Wilde had his hands full with a tough competitor in Braden Gellenthien, in a very close gold-medal contest between the World No. 1 and No. 2 ranked archers, which ended with a one point advantage to gold medalist Wilde.
Complete results from the Texas Shootout can be found at http://ianseo.net/Details.php?toId=380. Photos from the event will be uploaded to usarchery.org. The next USAT Qualifier Series event is the Gator Cup; more information can be found at http://www.gatorcup.com.
The United States medaled for the 10th straight time in the IIHF Men’s World Under-18 Championships, but Team USA fell short of a fifth straight gold medal at Sunday’s final in Sochi, Russia.
Canada defeated the United States, 3-2, despite the Americans piling up a 35-12 lead in shots on goal.
“I’m extremely proud of our effort tonight,” U.S. coach Don Granato said. “It was two outstanding hockey teams battling and unfortunately we came up just a bit short.”
Connor Clifton and Michael McCarron scored goals in the loss. The United States reached the final with Friday’s dramatic 4-3 shootout win over Russia. The tournament took place at the Bolshoy Ice Dome and Shayba Arena, which will host hockey games at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and sledge hockey at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.
GYMNASTICS: Alex Naddour, a 2012 U.S. Olympic alternate, won three medals and fellow American Paul Ruggeri won two gold medals at the Ljubjana World Cup in Slovenia. Naddour earned a silver in the floor exercise and added bronzes on the pommel horse and still rings Saturday. Ruggeri won titles in both vault and horizontal bar, where he tied for first, Sunday.
FENCING: London 2012 Olympian Miles Chamley-Watson finished seventh in the Foil World Cup in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday. Elsewhere, fellow 2012 Olympian Maya Lawrence finished 10th at the Epée Grand Prix event in Xuzhou, China. Also, the United States finished eighth in the team competition at the men’s Saber World Cup stop in Athens, Greece.
SAILING: Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha placed fourth in the Women’s 470 class for the top U.S. finish at the ISAF World Cup, which concluded Saturday in Hyeres, France.
Kaitlyn McElroy finished first in both the 200m and 500m finals before teaming up with her Oklahoma City Boathouse District training partner Maggie Hogan to win the K2 500m distance. London 2012 Olympian Tim Hornsby maintained his spot atop the senior men's kayak 200m standings by crossing the line one quarter of a second before Ryan Dolan. Chris Miller finished third in that distance, but first in the 1000m Final. Miller teamed up with Stanton Collins to claim both the K2 200m and 1000m races. In senior men's canoe Robert Finlayson and Ian Ross won the 200m and 1000m finals. Ross and Ben Hefner took first in the C2 1000m race.
The U.S. team for the Junior Sprint World Championships was named Sunday after trials in Oklahoma City, Okla. Istvan Urban and Dylan Puckett were named in men’s kayak; Bailey Nurmia and Natalie Griffin in women’s kayak; Andrew Field, Gavin Ross, Zach Guay and Nick Baert in men’s canoe; and Lydia Keefe Sampson, Anna Socha, Makenzie Sousley and Savannah Jones were named to the team in women’s canoe. Although the ParaCanoe National Team Trials will not take place until July, USA Canoe/Kayak offers ParaCanoe racing at all National Sprint events. D. Eiter of Texas won all three of his races. ParaCanoe racing will make its inaugural appearance at the Paralympic Games in Brazil in 2016.
ROWING: John Graves and Eleanor Logan won the men’s and women’s single sculls Saturday at the National Selection Regatta #1 in Princeton, N.J. Graves and Logan won the right to compete at the World Rowing Cup. Graves is the younger brother of Peter, a member of the men’s quad at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and Thomas, a three-time national team member.
TRIATHLON: Rusty Pruden and Kimberly Pancoast won titles Sunday at the USA Triathlon Long Course Duathlon National Championships, held in conjunction with the Mount Rainier Duathlon, in Enumclaw, Wash. Pruden won the overall title in 2:09:19 for the 8.2-kilometer run, 46.5-kilometer bike and 6-kilometer run course. Pancoast won the women’s title by more than 10 minutes in 2:18:40.
KARATE: Americans won five gold medals and 18 total medals over the weekend at the North American Cup in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Joseph Martinez led the way by winning the 18-20 male Kata and the men’s Kata gold medals Sunday. Jasmine Nguyen took the gold medal in 16-17 female Kata and earned two silver medals, in 16-17 Female Kumite -53kg and women’s Kata. The other gold medalists were Delaney Lebedun (16-17 female Kumite – 59kg) and Brandon Malone (16-17 male Kumite – 55 kg). Both Malone and Lebedun also won bronze medals as well.
Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Tom Robinson is a freelance contributor for TeamUSA.org. Material from various news services and releases from National Governing Bodies was used to compile this report. This story was not subject to the approval of any National Governing Bodies.