Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: Aug. 12, 2013
Bobby Lea won both the men’s individual 4K pursuit and men’s international omnium Saturday at the USA Cycling Elite Timed Track National Championships in Carson, Calif.
Jade Wilcoxson won the women’s individual 3K pursuit and Cari Higgins won the women’s international omnium. Matthew Baranoski defended his men’s 1K time trial title Friday. Missy Erickson won the women’s 500-meter time trial.
Team titles were decided Sunday, including Baranoski as part of Team Felt, the men’s team sprint champion. Erickson and Madalyn Godby, who were 1-2 in the women’s individual time trial, formed Team M&M and won the women’s team sprint.
Elsewhere, Bailey Semian was the top U.S. finisher at the UCI Juniors Track World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Semian was 11th in the women’s omnium.
Aaron Gwin was fifth in the men’s elite downhill Sunday to lead the United States at the UCI Mountain World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada.
Miles Chamley-Watson became the first American man to win an individual senior fencing world championships gold medal when he took first place in the foil competition Friday at the 2013 FIE World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
Chamley-Watson, who was fifth in the world championships in 2010, arrived at the event ranked 17th in the world.
And Chamley-Watson will become the first U.S. man to hold both individual and team senior world medals since the U.S. men’s foil team defeated France, 45-35, in the semifinals. Team USA will fence Italy in the final Monday after the reigning Olympic champions defeated Russia, 45-44, in the other semifinal.
“I knew that I worked hard and could maybe get a medal, but I’m extremely happy I was able to win,” said Chamley-Watson, who was born in London but moved to the United States when he was 8 and represented Team USA in the London 2012 Olympic Games. “I knew my preparation was very strong.”
Chamley-Watson defeated Russian Artur Akhmatkhuzin, 15-6, in the final. Gerek Meinhardt finished 10th, Alex Massialas 11th and Race Imboden 12th. Chamley-Watson, Meinhardt, Massialas and Imboden will compete in the team event.
Two-time Olympic champion Mariel Zagunis placed fifth in the women’s saber Friday.
The U.S. women’s saber team will fence for a chance at their third straight trip to the podium. Team USA won bronze in 2011 and 2012 and the Americans will fence Italy in the bronze-medal final.
The team consists of Zagunis, 2012 Olympian Dagmara Wozniak, Ibtihaj Muhammad and Eliza Stone. Zagunis, Wozniak and Muhammad were all on the squad that defeated Italy to earn the bronze medal at the 2012 world team championships.
TRACK & FIELD
Ashton Eaton held on to his unofficial title as the “World’s Greatest Athlete” by winning the decathlon Saturday and Sunday at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow.
Eaton compiled 8,809 points to give the United States its eighth world championship decathlon title.
“This is what I look forward to,” said Eaton, the defending Olympic champion and world-record holder. “This is what I put in all my training for, and it is good to come away a winner.”
Eaton and Brittney Reese, who won her third world outdoor women’s long jump title, made the United States the first country to win two gold medals at the championships, which will continue through Aug. 18.
Reese, the 2012 Olympic long jump champion, won her sixth major international title since 2009 with a jump of 23-0 feet (7-01 m). Tori Polk placed eighth and fellow American Janay DeLoach Soukup placed 11th. Read more about DeLoach Soukup and how she had to change her takeoff because of an ankle injury here.
Also on Sunday, Justin Gatlin earned a silver medal in the 100 meters, finishing in 9.85 seconds, behind Olympic champion and world-record holder Usain Bolt of Jamaica’s 9.77. American Michael Rodgers finished sixth.
Also Sunday, all four Team USA men advanced smoothly through the first round of the men’s 110 hurdles, and the event final is set for today. Reigning world champion Jason Richardson clocked 13.33 in heat one. Ryan Wilson took the second heat at 13.37, while reigning Olympic champion Aries Merritt recorded a 13.32 to win heat three. David Oliver, the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, won the fourth heat with a 13.05.
Three U.S. women advanced from the first round of the 1500m run, including 17-year-old Mary Cain. Also advancing are Jenny Simpson and Sarah Brown.
In the women’s shot put, Michelle Carter only needed two throws to record her third-farthest throw at 19.76 meters to automatically advance to the final. Tia Brooks (17.92) also advanced.
All three U.S. men advanced in the first round of the 400: Tony McQuay, LaShawn Merritt and Arman Hall.
Four U.S. women advanced through the first round of the 100: English Gardner, Octavius Freeman, Alex Anderson and Carmelita Jeter, the reigning world champion and Olympic silver medalist in the event.
Gia Lewis-Smallwood placed fifth in the women’s discus.
On Saturday, Galen Rupp finished fourth in the men’s 10,000 meters. He earned the silver medal in the event at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The U.S. women won matches on three consecutive days, including pulling out a five-set victory over host Serbia Sunday in the FIVB World Grand Prix Pool F.
Kelly Murphy scored six of her match-high 25 points in the final set during the 25-14, 22-25, 25-17, 23-25, 15-12 win over Serbia. The United States improved to 5-1 in preliminary-round play with the help of a three-set win over Algeria Friday and a three-set triumph over the Netherlands Saturday.
Murphy had 22 kills, two blocks and an ace against Serbia while Christa Harmotto added 15 points on nine kills and a match-high six blocks.
The next stop is Japan, where the United States plays Czech Republic, Japan and Bulgaria Aug. 16-18.
Jennifer Fopma and Brooke Sweat won their first medal at an FIVB Grand Slam event on Sunday with a bronze in Berlin. Fopma-Sweat, the 16th seed, reached the semifinals for the first time. They defeated Marketa Slukova-Kristyna Kolocova from the Czech Republic, 21-18, 17-21, 15-12, in the bronze-medal match. En route to their bronze medal, Fopma and Sweat beat Olympic silver medalists Jen Kessy and April Ross in the second round.
Sean Rosenthal and Phil Dalhausser lost to Russians Konstantin Semenov and Viacheslav Krasilnikov, who were playing in their first tournament together and wound up runners-up in Berlin.
Katie Hursey won her second consecutive ITU World Cup circuit event Sunday with a victory in Tiszaujvaros, Hungary.
Hursey finished in 1 hour, 25 seconds to defeat Aileen Reid of Ireland (1:00:52), who competed in cross country and track at Syracuse University, also won last month in Palamos, Spain.
“I'm elated,” Hursey said. “To win one World Cup is pretty cool, but to win two...I'm so happy right now.”
American Erin Jones finished eighth in 1:01:34.
In the men's race, Tommy Zaferes was the top U.S. finisher in 16th.
Elsewhere, Malia Ellington and Matt Migonis won overall sprint national championships Sunday in Milwaukee as part of the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships. Ellington won the women’s 15-19 age group and overall. Migonis won the men’s 30-34 and overall titles.
Heather Lendway and Colin Riley won the Olympic-distance national championships Saturday in Milwaukee.
The United States won 72 medals, including 31 golds, Saturday at the ITU Duathlon World Championships, an age-group event in Ottawa, Ontario.
Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Race Team (GHCKRT) won its second straight team title at the U.S. Sprint National Championships held this past weekend in Oklahoma City.
One week after competing in the Under-23 World Championships, kayaker Ryan Dolan won the senior men's K1 200m national championship Saturday. Dolan and Stanton Collins teamed up to win the senior men's K2 200m title with a time of 36.777.
In senior men's canoe, Rob Finlayson clinched the C1 200m title with a time of 42.088. Finlayson and Ian Ross won the C2 200m title with a time of 42.467. Both athletes will be heading to the 2013 World Championships later this month in Duisburg, Germany.
In senior women's kayak, Kaitlyn McElroy finished first in K1 200m with a time of 45.066. McElroy and Maggie Hogan then teamed up to win the K2 200m title with a time of 40.864.
In Paracanoe, Nik Miller won the K1 title with a time of 54.858. Greg Crouse finished first in V1 (outrigger) with a time of 1:02.289.
The United States earned gold and silver medals Saturday at the World Junior Championships in Trakai, Lithuania. Caroline Hart, Sylvie Sallquist, Galen Hughes and Eliza Spilsbury won the gold medal in the women’s fours. Cicely Madden, Kendall Brewer, Elizabeth Sharis and Shawna Sims added silver in the women’s quadruple sculls.
The U.S. men lost their opening match at the Pan American Cup to Argentina, 8-0, Sunday in Brampton, Ont., Canada. The United States plays Uruguay Monday afternoon.
Nic Baird won five of 10 races on the week to take the singlehanded championship Friday at the Chubb U.S. Junior Championships in La Porte, Texas. Kristopher Swanson and Alexander Ron won the doublehanded championship while the team of Jack Barton, Sammy Shea, Sam Barton and Alex Moody won the triplehanded championship.
Adonis Diaz finished fifth at 55 kg and Brian Abreu was seventh at 50 kg to lead the United States during the IJF World Cadet Championships in Miami.
The United States won women’s freestyle and men’s Greco-Roman team titles at the FILA Cadet Pan American Championships this past weekend in Medellin, Colombia.
Twin sisters Marina and Regina Doi joined Kayla Miracle and Hannah Gladden in producing gold medals.
Daton Fix, Mason Manville, Christian Jenco, Kaden Gfeller, Paul Bianchi, Kaid Brock and Robert Steveson won Greco-Roman titles.
Elsewhere, Alyssa Lampe won a gold medal at the Poland Open in Spala, Poland.
Clayton Foster, Chris Perry and Tervel Dlagnev earned bronze medals to lead the U.S. men’s freestyle team in the Ziolkowski Memorial International, which was also held in Spala.
DLDC and Defend won the men’s and women’s titles at the USA Basketball U18 3x3 National Championships Sunday in Colorado Springs, Colo., earning spots in the FIBA U18 3x3 World Championships Sept. 26-29 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Cliff Alexander won tournament MVP honors while leading DLDC to a 7-1 record and a 21-16 win over the Nets in the final. His teammates were Larry Austin Jr., Dominique Collier and DeMonte Flannigan.
Arike Ogunbowale was MVP after helping Defend going 7-0 in women’s competition. Her teammates were Gabby Green, Katie Lou Samuelson and Brianna Turner.
Canada shut out the United States, 4-0, Saturday in the championship game of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament for Under-18 teams in Breclav, Czech Republic. The United States reached the final with a 5-3 semifinal victory Friday over the host team.
Elsewhere, Quentin Shore had two goals and an assist Saturday when the United States defeated Canada, 5-1, to wrap up the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Lynelle Kugler had two tries in the first six minutes and the United States went on to a 61-5 rout of South Africa in the third-place match of the Women’s Nations Cup in Glendale, Colo.
The Ohio State Diving Club won the overall team title for the second straight year and also won the boys’ team title at the 2013 USA Diving Junior National Championships, which concluded Saturday in Minneapolis. Steele Johnson, Olivia Rosendahl, and Sine Scribbick won the final three individual titles awarded. Johnson, of the Boiler Diving Academy, scored 716.60 points to win the boys 16-18 platform title a day after winning the 3-meter title.
The U.S. women were awarded the gold medal of the Mayor’s Cup in San Juan, Puerto Rico, when the championship game against Cuba was rained out Friday. The United States won the title on the basis of earning the top seed in preliminary play. The team stayed in San Juan for the start of the ISF Pan American Games qualifier.
The Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show Team won the national team title at the 39th Indmar Marine Engines Division 1 Show Ski National Championships, presented by Central Florida’s Polk County Sports Marketing, on the Rock River at Shorewood Park in Loves Park, Ill. It was the Rock Aqua Jays’ third consecutive and 18th overall national team title.