Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: Aug. 19, 2013
The men’s 4 x 400-meter relay team won a gold medal Friday and Brianna Rollins added another in the 100-meter hurdles Saturday to help the United States finish the 2013 IAAF World Championships as the highest-scoring country and ranked second in total medals earned.
The United States won the scoring title with 282 points, 100 ahead of second-place Russia. Overall, Team USA won 25 medals (6 gold, 14 silver, 5 bronze).
David Verburg, Tony McQuay, Arman Hall and LaShawn Merritt combined for a 4 x 400-meter winning relay time of 2:58.71.
Rollins won her title, the first world crown in the event by an American woman since Michelle Perry won in 2007, in 12.44 seconds.
“I feel great,” said Rollins, who turned 22 on Sunday. “I have two great things to celebrate.”
Matthew Centrowitz and Brenda Martinez added historic medal-winning efforts Sunday, the last of nine days of competition in Moscow.
Centrowitz took silver in the men’s 1,500 meters and Martinez became the first American woman to earn a medal in the women’s 800 with her bronze. Centrowitz joined Bernard Lagat as the only U.S. men to win world championship medals in the event.
Both U.S. 4 x100 relay teams finished second Sunday. Jeneba Tarmoh, Alexandria Anderson, English Gardner and Octavious Freeman made up the women’s team, while Charles Silmon, Mike Rodgers, Mookie Salaam and Justin Gatlin formed the men’s team.
Will Claye, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the triple jump, earned the bronze medal at worlds. Defending world champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Christian Taylor placed fourth.
Ryan Whiting lost out on a chance to win a gold medal when an official ruling was reversed during the shot put. Germany’s David Storl was red-flagged for a foot fault within the circle on his fourth throw of 71.29 feet but officials reversed the decision.
Allyson Felix missed out on a chance at a record fourth straight 200-meter dash title Friday night when she suffered a torn right hamstring midway through the final.
“It is a serious injury, but I don't know exactly to what extent,” she told reporters.
Felix, who is tied with Michael Johnson and Carl Lewis with eight world championship titles, was also trying to make history by becoming the most golden world track champion.
Sam Mikulak and Simone Biles won senior all-around titles Sunday at the 2013 P&G Gymnastics Championships in Hartford, Conn.
Biles used consistency to win the title. She was second in all four events. Olympic gold medalist Kyla Ross was second and Brenna Dowell third overall.
2012 U.S. Olympic Team alternate Alex Naddour finished second, while 2012 Olympian and 2013 AT&T American Cup champion Jake Dalton was third. Defending all-around champion and 2012 Olympian John Orozco, who has been making a comeback following major knee surgery, finished fourth. He had an impressive second-day showing by posting the second-best all-around total (90.400 points). Danell Leyva, the 2012 Olympic all-around bronze medalist, placed seventh.
After seven days of competition, the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships came to a close Sunday in Montreal. Team USA wrapped up the final night of competition by winning five medals (3 bronze, 2 silver), and in fourth place in the medal tally with a total of 33 (11 gold, 13 silver, 9 bronze).
Among the big winners at the event were Cortney Jordan, who medaled in all six events she entered at worlds (3 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze), Jessica Long, who finished with two gold medals and a silver medal, and Ian Silverman, who capped off a strong week by earning a bronze medal in the men’s 50 free S10, and also set a new American record with his time of 24.52.
Silverman finished with four medals, a gold in the 400, a silver in the 100 and two bronze medals (200 IM, 50 free).
Rebecca Meyers, competing in the S13 class, also earned four medals, with two gold (200 IM, 400 free) and two silver (100 fly, 100 free).
Sam Dorman won gold medals Saturday and Sunday to finish as the only person to achieve that feat at the AT&T National Championships in Iowa City, Iowa.
Dorman combined with Zac Nees to win the men’s synchronized 3-meter title Sunday. He won the men’s high-point award with the help of his win Saturday in the 3-meter after taking the 1-meter title earlier in the week.
“It’s a dream come true,” Dorman said of winning his first three national titles. “Before I came here, I thought about it, but I never expected this would actually happen.”
Deidre Freeman, Steele Johnson and Samantha “Murphy” Bromberg won their second gold medals of the week Sunday.
Freeman won the women’s 3-meter. Johnson defended his men’s 10-meter title. Bromberg combined with Cheyenne Cousineau to take the women’s synchronized 10-meter.
Eric Hollen, a 2012 Paralympian, won his first career gold medal Sunday in falling target pistol at the International Paralympic Committee Shooting World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand. Mike Tagliapietra finished third in the event.
McKenna Dahl took fifth in the R4 10-meter air rifle standing mixed SH2.
The U.S. women won three weekend matches in Sendai, Japan to finish the preliminary round of the FIVB Grand Prix with an 8-1 record.
The United States, which has won six consecutive matches since a loss to Brazil, advances to pursue its fourth straight title at the Grand Prix Final Round Aug. 28-Sept. 1 in Sapporo, Japan.
The United States defeated Czech Republic, 25-20, 25-20, 25-23, Friday and Japan, 25-17, 25-19, 21-25, 25-18, Saturday. On Sunday, the United States defeated Bulgaria, 16-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-15, 15-8.
Elsewhere, the U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team defeated China in tournament play for the first time to win the championship match of the Moscow Open Cup in Russia, 25-21, 25-20, 25-22.
Tournament Most Valuable Player Heather Erickson led the United States back from an early 8-1 deficit in the first set. She finished with a match-high 19 points on 13 attacks, five blocks and an ace.
The Men’s Pan American Cup begins today in Mexico City and will continue through Aug. 25.
Fabien Lefevre nearly earned his second world cup medal of the 2013 season, this time in canoe, at the ICF Slalom World Cup event in Ljubljana-Tacen, Slovenia, Saturday. The two-time Olympic medalist for France finished fourth in the C1 final.
Lefevre, who earned a bronze medal earlier this season in kayak, also finished 12th in the K1 semifinal Saturday with a penalty-free time of 106.45.
Casey Eichfeld and Devin McEwan finished 14th in men’s double canoe Sunday when competition concluded.
Kyle Snyder won the 96 kg/211.5-pound title and Alex Dieringer added a silver medal at 74 kg/163 pounds Saturday in men’s freestyle at the Junior World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The United States finished fifth in the team standings when competition concluded Sunday.
Jennifer Page earned a bronze Friday, the final day of women’s freestyle, at 63 kg/138.5 pounds.
The United States recovered from Friday’s quarterfinal loss to Italy to win its final two games and finish 5-2 for fifth place in the FINA Men’s Junior World Championships in Szombathely, Hungary.
Chancellor Ramirez, Alec Zwaneveld, Bret Bonanni and Alex Bowen scored two goals each in a 9-7 victory against Spain Sunday in the fifth-place game.
The U.S. men fell to Canada, 27-9, Saturday in Charleston, S.C., in an IRB World Cup qualifier.
Saugatuck Rowing Club of Westport, Conn. finished as the top team with 20 gold, 26 silver and nine bronze medals at the USRowing Masters National Championships in Sarasota, Fla.
Wade Waddell and Henry Fernberger edged Jack Parkin and Florian Eenkema van Dijk in the International 420 class, the most closely contested at the U.S. Youth Championships, a four-day event that concluded Friday in Corpus Christi, Tex.
Other winners were: Club 420, Nicholas Sertl-Elizabeth Pemberton; Radial, Luke Muller; Laser, Mitchell Kiss; 29er, Duncan Williford-Matthew Mollerus; F16, Ravi Parent-Nico Schultz; and RS:X, Pedro Tomas Pascual.
The U.S. Under-17 Select Team defeated Germany, 9-2, Saturday and Slovakia, 3-1, Sunday to finish 4-0-0-0 while winning the Under-17 Five Nations Tournament title. Brock Boeser scored two third-period goals Sunday.
Aki Kaepeller scored the only goal for the United States when it lost to Trinidad and Tobago, 3-1, in the bronze-medal game of the Men’s Pan American Cup in Brampton, Ont., Canada, Saturday.
The United States has already produced multiple medal-winning and record-setting efforts at the U-15 Pan American Championships, which conclude today in Shreveport, La.
Kyle Tucker, an outfielder from Florida, and Kyle Molnar, a pitcher from California, were selected for the 2014 18-Under National Team Trials after their performances in the USA Baseball 17U National Team Development Week that ended Friday in Cary, N.C.
The U.S. women defeated Canada, 8-1, in five innings Sunday in San Juan, Puerto Rico to win the Pan American Games qualifier. The United States went unbeaten in the tournament and beat Cuba, 5-0, in Saturday’s winners’ bracket final.
Marc Shaw won the masters men overall title when the GOODE Water Ski National Championships concluded Saturday in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Todd Ristorcelli, last year’s champion, finished second at the Nautique Big Dawg World Slalom Tour event in West Palm Beach, Fla., Friday.
Also, Makayla Haw, Erika Lang, Lauren Morgan and Dylan Schaffer were named to represent the United States at the sixth Under 21 World Championships Sept. 12-15 in Winter Garden, Fla.
The World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships have begun in Henderson, and run through Aug. 30.