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Team USA Weekend Preview: Aug. 16, 2013

By Paul D. Bowker | Aug. 16, 2013, 11 a.m. (ET)
Allyson Felix competes in the women's 200-meter heats during the IAAF World Championships at Luzhniki Stadium on Aug. 15, 2013 in Moscow. 

Entering the IAAF World Championships Friday, Team USA was at the top of the medals chart with 14, including four gold. There are many more golden opportunities this weekend for American athletes and Allyson Felix hopes to be one to take advantage of that chance. She has a shot at winning a fourth world title in the 200. Meanwhile, two members of the “Fierce Five” women’s gymnastics team that won Olympic gold in London are competing for national titles in Hartford, Conn., and Paralympians are going for gold in the IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal. Read more in this edition of the Team USA Weekend Preview.

TRACK & FIELD

IAAF World Championships, Aug. 10-18, Moscow

Olympic champion and three-time 200-meter world champion Allyson Felix will go for a fourth world title in the women’s 200-meter race Saturday night at the 2013 IAAF World Championships. She had the fastest time, 22.30 seconds, in Thursday’s semifinals after also having the fastest time in the preliminaries.

She also could become the most golden of all world track athletes. Felix has eight world championship titles — tying her with retired Americans Michael Johnson and Carl Lewis — with three gold medals in the 200 and five relay crowns.

Joining Felix in the 200 final will be American teammates Jeneba Tarmoh and 2012 Diamond League champion Charonda Williams. Also in the field for the 200 is Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who won the world title in the 100 earlier this week.

The United States was dominant in the women’s 800 prelims Thursday. Brenda Martinez, Alysia Montano and Ajee Wilson all advanced through the preliminary round. The 800 semifinals are scheduled for Friday. The final is Sunday.

The U.S. men’s 4x400 relay team posted a world-leading time of 2:59.85 in Thursday’s prelims. The final is Friday.

Ryan Whiting, who posted the longest throw of 70 feet, 7 inches in the shot put, will contend for the world title in a field that also features Olympic bronze medalist Reese Hoffa and Cory Martin. Three Americans — Bernard Lagat, Galen Rupp and Ryan Hill — are in the final for the 5,000. Also scheduled for Friday is the women’s hammer throw featuring Americans Jeneva McCall and Amanda Bingson.

The men’s marathon and the women’s high jump which features Olympic silver medalist Brigetta Barrett, are set for Saturday.  Christian Taylor, the Olympic champion in the triple jump, will try to defend his world title Sunday. Among his chief competitors in the event is American and Olympic silver medalist Will Claye.

TV: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. ET Friday, Universal Sports; 12 p.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, NBC; 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Universal Sports; 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, NBC

GYMNASTICS 

P&G Gymnastics Championships, Aug. 15-18, Hartford, Conn.

Simone Biles, a silver medalist at the 2013 AT&T American Cup, led the women’s all-around standings after  the first round of competition Thursday in the P&G Gymnastics Championships in Hartford, Conn. Kyla Ross, a member of the “Fierce Five” gold-medal winning U.S. team at the London 2012 Olympic Games, was runner-up.

The senior and junior men’s competition begins Friday at the XL Center in Hartford. Four of five members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Men’s Gymnastics Teams are expected to compete, including defending national champion John Orozco, Olympic all-around bronze medalist Danell Leyva, 2013 AT&T American Cup champion Jake Dalton and 2013 NCAA all-around champion Sam Mikulak.

Olympic women’s team gold medalist McKayla Maroney had the highest two-vault average with a score of 15.500 Thursday. She was runner-up to Biles in the floor exercise with a score of 14.850. Bailie Key was the junior all-around leader. The women’s final round is Saturday.

TV: 8 p.m.-10 p.m. ET Friday, NBC Sports Network; 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday, NBC

Webcast: 1 p.m. ET Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, PGChamps.com

SWIMMING

IPC Swimming World Championships, Aug. 12-18, Montreal

Overall, 24 U.S. athletes are entered in the IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal, which continues through Sunday. More than 500 athletes from nearly 60 nations are competing.

A year after earning eight Paralympic medals in London, Jessica Long earned her 17th career world title, winning the women’s 400-meter freestyle S8 at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal. Winning her second gold of the week, Long finished 20 seconds ahead of the runner-up. She also earned a bronze medal in the 4 x 100 free relay.

Long’s two gold medals were among seven gold and 14 overall U.S. medals won in the first three days of the meet.

Long is scheduled to compete in the 100 butterfly and the 100 freestyle races, scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

Ian Silverman, who already won a world title in the 400 (S10 class), a silver in the 100 free and a bronze in the 200 IM, was the second-fastest qualifier for the 100 fly final, which is set for Friday night.

Read more about the IPC Swimming World Championships at USParalympics.org, and all results can be found here.

Also in swimming:

UANA Pan American Synchronized Swimming Championships, Aug. 15-22, San Juan, Puerto Rico

SHOOTING

IPC Shooting World Cup, Aug. 14-18, Bangkok, Thailand

Sgt. John Joss, a member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, won a gold medal Wednesday at the IPC Shooting World Cup. He will take aim at more hardware in the R6 50-meter rifle prone SH1 mixed event Sunday. Joss won gold in the 10-meter Air Rifle Prone SH1 mixed event, adding to his medal count in a summer during which he earned bronze at the IPC Shooting World Cup in Turkey and won gold at the USA Shooting National Championships.

Five U.S. shooters are competing in the final world cup event of the year. In addition to Joss, 2012 Paralympian Eric Hollen, 2008 Paralympian Danielle Fong, Mike Tagliapietra and McKenna Dahl are competing.

VOLLEYBALL

FIVB World Grand Prix, Aug. 16-18, Sendai, Japan

The U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team has won four straight matches in the FIVB World Grand Prix. They’d like to make it six straight this weekend in Sendai, Japan.

The United States will play Japan and Bulgaria in the final weekend of preliminary round play. Team USA defeated Czech Republic in a 25-20, 25-20, 25-23 three-game sweep Friday. The top five teams plus host Japan will advance to the Grand Prix Final Round in Sapporo, and the United States, ranked No. 1 in the world, enters the weekend in a tie for fifth place.

“We are not taking anything for granted,” U.S. captain Kristin Hildebrand said. “We got another tough set of matches coming up and we are going to battle as hard as we can so we can get into the Final Round.”

The team’s only loss was to Brazil. Japan is one of two unbeaten teams, but lost to the United States three consecutive times earlier this year at the USA Volleyball Cup. Team USA and Japan will play Saturday.

Kelly Murphy leads the United States in scoring with 80 points and her kill percent of 48.9 is No. 1 in the tournament. Outside hitter Kim Hill has totaled 68 points.

Pan American Cup, Aug. 17-25, Mexico City

The United States will begin play Saturday in the Men’s Pan American Cup in Mexico City. Among the players on the U.S. preliminary roster are setter Brian Thornton, a 2012 Olympian, and five members of the gold medal-winning 2012 Pan American Cup team: Outside hitters Taylor Sander and Garrett Muagututia, middle blockers Dan McDonnell and Dylan Davis, and setter Ryan Ammerman.

Also in volleyball:

Moscow Open Cup, U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team, Aug. 16-18, Moscow

DIVING

AT&T National Diving Championships, Aug. 12-18, Iowa City, Iowa

Murphy Bromberg last week won a USA Diving junior national title. She will try to add senior national gold to her collection Saturday in the women’s 10-meter final at the AT&T National Diving Championships in Iowa City, Iowa.

The women’s 10-meter is one of eight finals that will be held Saturday and Sunday at the University of Iowa Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Preliminaries in four synchronized events will be held Friday, including the women’s 10-meter in which Bromberg and Cheyenne Cousineau competed together at the FINA World Championships. Bromberg scored a pool-record 373.20 points in the 10-meter individual prelims and Cousineau was runner-up.

Hayden Jones is the leader entering Saturday’s men’s 3-meter finals and Deidre Freeman is No. 1 entering Sunday’s women’s 3-meter finals. Steele Johnson was the top qualifier in men’s 10-meter.

FIELD HOCKEY

Men’s Pan American Cup, Aug. 10-17, Brampton, Ont., Canada

The U.S. Men’s National Team will play Trinidad and Tobago for a bronze medal Saturday in the Men’s Pan American Cup in Canada. Team USA fell, 1-0, to Canada in the semifinal round Thursday in front of a roaring crowd at the Cassie Campbell Community Centre in Brampton, Ont. With a guaranteed third- or fourth-place finish, the United States has qualified for the 2017 Pan American Cup.

CANOE/KAYAK

ICF Slalom World Cup, Aug. 16-18, Ljubljana-Tacen, Slovenia

Two-time Olympian Casey Eichfeld will race in C-1 and C-2 canoe events, and two-time Olympic medalist Fabien Lefevre will compete in both canoe and kayaks at the ICF Slalom World Cup this weekend in Slovenia. It is the fourth world cup event of the year.

Lefevre, on the U.S. team after winning a pair of Olympic medals with France, has finished among the top five in K-1 twice this year. Eichfeld will team up with Devin McEwan in C-2. Eichfeld has finished as high as 11th this year in C-1 and 13th with McEwan in C-2. Ashlee Nee will be among the U.S. women kayakers and Micki Reeves will be in canoe.

WRESTLING

Junior World Championships, Aug. 13-18, Sofia, Bulgaria

Four American women will be competing this weekend for junior world titles in Sofia, Bulgaria: Jennifer Page (63 kg), Julia Salata (72 kg), Sarah Hildebrandt (55 kg) and Cody Pfau (48 kg).

Erin Golston earned a silver medal on the first day of women’s freestyle competition Thursday at the Junior World Championships in Bulgaria. She has medaled in three consecutive trips to the junior worlds. She lost to Emilia Budeanu of Moldova in the championship match at 44 kilograms/97 pounds.

The tournament continues with women’s freestyle Friday, and men’s freestyle Saturday and Sunday.

WATER POLO

FINA Men’s Junior World Championships, Aug. 12-18, Szombathely, Hungary

The USA Water Polo Men’s Junior National Team cruised into the quarterfinals of the FINA Men’s Junior World Championships with a 19-6 victory over Japan on Thursday. The United States was to meet Italy in the quarterfinals on Friday.

The United States has won three of four matches in the tournament. The semifinals are Saturday, followed by the medal round Sunday.

RUGBY

USA Rugby Eagles vs. Canada, World Cup Qualifier, Aug. 17, Charleston, S.C.

The USA Rugby Eagles face Canada in the opener of an IRB World Cup Qualifier at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. Blackbaud Stadium was also the venue when the United States knocked off Canada on the Fourth of July in 2009.

The second game of the qualifier will be played Aug. 24 at BMO Field in Toronto. The winner clinches a berth in the 2015 World Cup. The loser will play Uruguay for the final Americas qualifying spot.

TV: 6:30 p.m. ET Saturday, Universal Sports

Also in rugby:

World Club 7s, Aug. 17-18, London

ROWING

USRowing Masters National Championships, Aug. 15-18, Sarasota, Fla.

Shannon Kaplan won gold in the first of her six events Thursday at the USRowing Masters National Championships in Sarasota, Fla. She won the women’s AA single sculls. Nearly 200 events featuring more than 1,000 entries will be held over the four-day regatta with several rowers competing in six events. The venue, Nathan Benderson Park, is a finalist to host the 2017 World Rowing Championships.

ICE HOCKEY

U-17 Five Nations Tournament, Aug. 14-18, Slovakia

Michael Floodstrand scored twice Thursday, leading the U.S. Under-17 Select Team to its third consecutive victory in the U-17 Five Nations Tournament being played in Trnava, Slovakia. The United States defeated Switzerland, 7-1, and has just two games left, Saturday against Germany and Sunday against Slovakia.

SAILING

U.S. Youth Sailing Championships, Aug. 12-16, Corpus Christi, Texas

The final day of competition in the U.S. Youth Sailing Championships is Friday in Corpus Christi, Texas. The championships are a mandatory qualification event for the 2014 U.S. Youth Worlds Team in all classes except for Club 420 and Laser fleets. The male winner of the Laser fleet and female winner of the Radial fleet qualify for the 2013 U.S. Singlehanded Championships, which are scheduled for Sept. 13-15 in New Jersey.

Among the final-day leaders are Duncan Williford and Matthew Mollerus, who hold a 10-point lead in the 29er class.

EQUESTRIAN

Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games test event, Aug. 16, Manche, France

Margaret Sleeper, riding Tikis Twistyr, and Marcia Hekfer, aboard Ouadad Al Jahid, will represent the United States at the CEI2* FEI World Equestrian Games test event Friday in France.

CYCLING

La Philippe Gilbert Juniors, Aug. 18, Belgium

Six members of the USA Cycling National Development Program will race in Sunday’s La Phillipe Gilbert Juniors: Tim Aiken, Diego Binatena, Charlie Hough, Max O’Neal, Greg Ratzell and Seth Veenbaas.

WEIGHTLIFTING

U15 Pan American Championships, Aug. 15-19, Shreveport, La.

Competition continues through Monday in the U15 Pan American Championships in Shreveport, La. Ten nations are in the meet.

BASEBALL

USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Week, Aug. 11-16, Cary, N.C.

The final Stars versus Stripes 17U intrasquad game will be played Friday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary. Kyle Molnar of Aliso Viejo, Calif., pitched three scoreless innings for the Stripes in Thursday’s game. The USA Baseball National Team Development Week is a part of the process to determine the players for the USA Baseball national teams. Two players will be selected to participate in the 2014 18U National Team Trials.

SOFTBALL

Pan American Games Qualifier, Aug. 10-18, San Juan, Puerto Rico

The USA Softball Women’s National Team earned the No. 1 seed in the Pan American Games Qualifier after winning all six of its games in round-robin play. The playoff round begins Friday, leading up to the championship round Sunday.

Team USA finished off its sixth consecutive victory Thursday, defeating the U.S. Virgin Islands, 12-0, in a four-inning game. Including an additional six games in the Mayor’s Cup last week, the United States has outscored its opponents, 93-9, in 12 games.

WATER SKIING

GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Aug. 13-17, West Palm Beach, Fla.

More than 600 of the nation’s top water skiers are competing through Saturday at the 71st annual GOODE Water Ski National Championships in West Palm Beach, Fla. Competition is in slalom, tricks and jumping, making it the largest three-event water skiing tournament in the world. Among the national titlists crowned Thursday were Brittany Greenwood in Women’s 1 overall and jumping, and Treece Barringer in men’s 2 jumping.

Also in water skiing:

Barefoot Water Ski National Championships, Aug. 15-17, Lathrop, Calif.

Nautique Big Dawg World Tour Finals, Aug. 15-16, West Palm Beach, Fla.

BOWLING

World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships, Aug. 16-30, Henderson, Nev.

Six men and six women will represent the United States at the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships. The tournament begins Friday at the Strike Zone Bowling Center in Henderson, Nev.

The men’s team includes Chris Barnes, Tommy Jones and Bill O’Neill, who helped the United States win a third consecutive world team title in 2010. Five of the six women’s team members won gold in the 2011 tournament.

Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor for TeamUSA.org. This story was not subject to the approval of any National Governing Bodies.

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