Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: June 24, 2013
Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs will pursue another World Championship.
Burroughs rallied late in regulation and won in overtime for his clinching victory over Kyle Dake at 163 pounds Friday night in the U.S. World Team Trials in Stillwater, Okla.
Burroughs, the 2011 world champion, beat Dake, a four-time NCAA champion from Cornell, 7-0 in the first of their best-of-three bouts in the finals. He then had to rally for the 9-6 overtime win in the second bout, clinching his spot.
“It’s been an amazing run,” said Burroughs, who improved to 56-0 on the senior level. “Kyle Dake’s an awesome opponent, but I didn’t get rattled at all out there.
“I stayed calm and collected and just kept wrestling hard.”
Justin Lester, a two-time world bronze medalist, defeated Ellis Coleman in a meeting of Olympians in the 145.5-pound Greco-Roman final to make the World Team for the sixth time.
Elena Pirozhkova, who already has world gold and silver medals, earned another shot in women’s freestyle at 138.75 pounds.
“I’m excited to be going back to the Worlds,” Pirozhkova said after sweeping Erin Clodgo in Saturday’s finals. “I have a gold medal, but I want more. I’m looking forward to having an opportunity to do this again.”
This weekend’s winners will compete in the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary in September.
Other men’s freestyle team members will be Obe Blanc (121 pounds), Reece Humphreys (132), Brent Metcalf (145.5), Keith Gavin (185), J.D. Bergman (211.5) and Olympian Tervel Dlagnev (264.5).
The Greco-Roman team also includes 2012 Olympian Spenser Mango (121), Jesse Thielke (132), Andy Bisek (165), Jordan Holm (185), Caylor Williams (211.5) and Robbie Smith (264.5).
Other women’s freestyle members are Alyssa Lampe (105.5), Helen Maroulis (121) and 2012 world champion Adeline Gray (158.5).
The FILA Junior World Championships team was determined Sunday in Stillwater. Mark Grey earned a chance to return to the event at 132-pound freestyle. The Junior World Championships are Aug. 13-18 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
TRACK AND FIELD
Four U.S. records fell while several world-best times for 2013 were set at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which concluded Sunday in Des Moines, Iowa.
Similar to the Olympic Trials, the top three athletes in each event — with exceptions — qualified for the IAAF World Championships, which begin Aug. 10 in Moscow.
Amanda Bingson broke the American women’s hammer throw record Saturday, and then she broke her own record. Bingson threw the hammer 245-9/74.92m on her second attempt to break Jessica Cosby’s 2012 record of 243-5/74.19m. Bingson then unleashed a throw of 248-5/75.73m on her next attempt.
“We had a feeling that it could have been there, knew my potential, but whether or not it was going to come at the right time or if it was going to be at a meet or what meet it is,” Bingson said of the record throw.
Brianna Rollins, who won the NCAA title for Clemson two weeks earlier, ran the 100-meter hurdles in 12.26 seconds. That broke the mark of 12.33 set by Gail Devers in the 2000 Olympic Trials.
Michelle Carter, a 2012 Olympian, won the women’s shot put with a throw of 66-5/20.24m for her fourth national title outdoors to go along with one indoor title. Ramona Pagel (1988) and Jillian Camarena-Williams (2011) shared the previous record of 66-2.5/20.18m.
Meanwhile, several athletes set world-leading times for 2013 over the weekend.
On Friday, world-best marks were turned in by sprinters Tyson Gay, English Gardner and Barbara Pierre as well as heptathlete Sharon Day.
On the women’s side, Pierre ran 10.85 in the semifinals before Gardner, an NCAA champ from Oregon, ran the same time in winning the event in the finals. Gay won the 100 and lowered his world-leading mark to 9.86 seconds, the 10th-fastest all-time. Day posted a record total of 6,550 points in the women’s heptathlon.
Brigetta Barrett (high jump), Michael Tinsley (400 hurdles) and LaShawn Merritt (400 meters) added to the list of world-best marks for 2013 on Saturday.
Barrett cleared 6-8 ¼/2.03m in the high jump. Tinsley ran a world-best of 47.96 in the 400-meter hurdles to repeat as champion. Merritt, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist, won his fourth national title by taking the 400-meter dash in 44.21 seconds.
Sunday’s highlights included Ryan Wilson winning a highly competitive 110-meter hurdles final in 13.08 seconds. He won by three-hundredths of a second over American record-holder David Oliver. Olympic champion and world record-holder Aries Merritt was third while reigning world champion Jason Richardson was fourth.
Meanwhile, Gay won the 200 in 19.74 seconds, which was also the world’s best time so far this season.
Elsewhere, Mo Trafeh won the USA Half Marathon in Duluth, Minn. Trafeh set a course record of 1:01.17. Adriana Nelson won the women’s title in 1:11.18.
Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal won gold while Olympic silver medalists April Ross and Jennifer Kessy earned silver Sunday at the FIVB Rome Grand Slam in Italy.
Dalhausser and Rosenthal defeated Janis Smedins and Aleksandrs Samoilovs of Latvia, 21-9, 21-18, in Sunday’s men’s final.
“For us as a team, it is important,” Rosenthal said. “We came off a 17th last week.”
Brazil’s Talita Da Rocha Antunes and Taiana Lima defeated Ross and Kessy, 21-17, 19-21, 15-12, in the women’s final.
Both U.S. teams will play in the World Championships July 1-7 in Stare Jablonki, Poland.
Elsewhere, the women’s team of Alexa Strange and Jace Pardon and the mens’ team of Chris Long and Branden Clemens each finished tied for ninth Saturday at the FIVB U21 World Championships in Umag, Croatia.
Sam Mikulak captured a gold medal and a bronze at the FIG World Challenge Cup in Anadia, Portugal. Mikulak, a 2012 Olympian, won his gold on the high bar Sunday. He earned a bronze on the floor exercise Saturday.
Mikulak was also fourth in the parallel bars and seventh in the vault Sunday.
Eddie Penev was sixth in the floor exercise Saturday while Brandon Wynn was sixth in the still rings.
Eleanor Logan earned a bronze medal in single scull at the Samsung World Cup, which was held at the site of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Logan used the effort to qualify for the World Rowing Championships, which begin on Aug. 25 in Chungju, South Korea. The two-time Olympic gold medalist in the women’s eight also won bronze at the previous World Cup stop in Sydney, Australia.
Rob Jones and Oksana Masters, 2012 Paralympic bronze medalists, took bronze in the trunk and arms mixed double sculls.
Fabien Lefevre, competing for the United States for the first time, earned the men’s kayak bronze medal Saturday at the ICF Slalom World Cup in Cardiff, Wales.
Lefevre, a Bethesda, Md. resident, has previously won two Olympic medals while competing for France. This weekend he was just 16th after heats and fifth after the semifinals.
“From the standpoint of the program, it’s fantastic to have Fabien representing the United States and winning a medal in his first World Cup with his new team,” USA Canoe/Kayak CEO Joe Jacobi said. “Having known Fabien for many years, I know today was a rewarding day for him and his family.”
Devin McEwan and two-time Olympian Casey Eichfeld finished 13th in men’s double canoe.
The United States won women’s team epee and men’s team saber titles Friday in Cartagena, Colombia, to finish a successful run at the Pan American Championships.
In total, the United States won five of the six team titles and four of the six individual titles while compiling a total of six team and 14 individual medals in the six-day event.
Maya Lawrence, Kelley Hurley, Kat Holmes and Courtney Hurley contributed to the epee team, which defeated Brazil 45-37 in the final.
The saber team, which edged Canada 45-41 in the final, consisted of Jonah Shainberg, Jeff Spear, Aleksander Ochocki and Eli Dershwitz.
Tim Gillingham, Heather Koehl, Brady Ellison and Jamie Van Natta won gold medals Sunday at the Flexor SoCal Showdown in Chula Vista, Calif.
Gillingham won the men’s compound title, beating Bridger Deaton in the final. Deaton reached the final by beating Reo Wilde, who is ranked No. 1 in the world, in the semifinals. Wilde recovered to earn the bronze.
Koehl took gold in women’s recurve where Ariel Gibilaro earned silver and Miranda Leek earned bronze. Katie Alexander knocked off five-time Olympian Khatuna Lorig in the round of 16.
Ellison defeated Daniel McLaughlin for the gold medal in men’s recurve. Jeremiah Cusick earned bronze.
Van Natta won women’s compound where Erika Jones took silver and Kailey Johnston bronze.
The top eight qualifiers in the cadet and junior classes gained spots in Monday’s USA Archery team trials for the World Archery Youth Championships.
Collin Klimitichek won cadet male recurve, Lauren Clamon won cadet female recurve, Danielle Reynolds won cadet female compound and Christopher Bee won cadet male compound during the SoCal Showdown.
The United States suffered a pair of one-goal losses at the IHF World League Semifinal in London.
The United States opened Saturday with a 1-0 loss to London 2012 Olympic Games silver medalist Argentina in a game that was scoreless into the final three minutes.
On Sunday, Michelle Kasold scored Team USA’s only goal in a 2-1 loss to Italy.
“It was a disappointing result considering we controlled much of the game,” U.S. coach Craig Parnham said. “We dominated the game and looked after the ball, but didn’t get enough return from our circle entries.”
Two-time Olympian Katelyn Falgowski played her 150th international match, which is the third-most in team history.
Following pool play, the team will need a quarterfinal victory to advance toward the next step in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
Elsewhere, the National Futures Elite Championship continues in Virginia Beach through Wednesday.
The United States lost to Bulgaria Friday and Brazil Saturday in its first two matches at the FIVB Women’s U20 World Championships in Brno, Czech Republic.
Sisters Cassidy and Kimberly Palmer finished fourth in the Pas de Deux at the CHIO Aahen CVIO3* on Sunday in Aachen, Germany.
A team of U.S. 17- and 18-year-olds earned two golds, a silver and two bronze medals at the Klitschko Brothers Tournament, which concluded Sunday in Berdichev, Ukraine.
Ariel Hsing, a 2012 Olympian, claimed the silver medal in Junior Girls’ Singles Sunday at the Egypt Junior & Cadet Open, an ITTF Global Junior Circuit event in Ismailia, Egypt. After splitting the first six games of the final, Hsing fell to Hong Kong’s Doo Hoi Kem 12-10 in the deciding seventh game.
The U.S. men finished 0-4 at the Pacific Nations Cup when they lost 38-20 to Japan Sunday in Tokyo. Eric Fry, Chris Wyles and Luke Hume each had a try for the Eagles.
The U.S. men fell to Spain 4-1 Friday in the opening game of the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The United States plays France on Monday.
Phillip Jungman repeated the male skeet shooting title while Dania Vizzi won the female skeet shooting title Friday when the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championship came to a close Friday in Fort Carson, Colo.
The United States Age Group National Championships got underway Friday through Sunday in Riverside, Calif. and will continue through June 29.
Bryson Brigman, an infielder from San Jose, Calif., was the only returning member of the 2012 U18 World Cup gold medalist team picked to be among 40 players who continue to the 18U National Team Trials in August in Los Angeles. The group was selected following the five-day Tournament of Stars in Cary, N.C. It will be trimmed to 20 for the IBAF 18U World Cup in Taichung, Taiwan.
Tournament MVP Asia Durr scored 26 points and made eight steals while Katie Lou Samuelson got her 24 points by making all eight of her 3-point attempts Sunday as the United States broke away from a halftime tie to rout Canada 82-48 in the championship game of the FIBA Americas U16 Women’s Championship in Cancun, Mexico. The top four teams qualified for the 2014 FIBA U-17 World Championships.