|World No. 1 Gwen Jorgensen celebrates winning the ITU World Triathlon Series race on May 11, 2013 in Yokohama, Japan.|
Just three weeks after posting the first ITU World Series victory by a U.S. woman, Gwen Jorgensen won again and, in the process, took over the lead in the series point standings.
Jorgensen followed up her win in San Diego with a victory on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan, where she finished the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run in 1:57:05 for her second title in as many starts.
“I tried to maintain pace the whole way,” said Jorgensen, a 2012 Olympian. “It was a different race and that makes it exciting.
“You never know what’s going to happen.”
The U.S. Olympic Committee named Jorgensen its athlete of the month for April.
Jorgensen was fifth after the swim and caught the lead pack early in the bike portion of the race. She trailed Australia’s Emma Moffatt and Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson until the third of four laps in the run.
As she did in San Diego, Jorgensen had the fastest time during the run, finishing the 10K in 32:44.
Jarrod Shoemaker was 12th in the men’s race in 1:47:59.
Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin swept the freestyle sprint events by winning the 50 meters Saturday night and the 100 meters Sunday night at USA Swimming’s Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte.
“Whether you give it 100 percent from the get-go or try to conserve, it’s still a bit of a struggle at the end,” Ervin said after his 100-meter victory in 49.14 seconds. “I just push it and try to hold on and that’s just the way I do it.”
Ervin won the gold medal in the 50 in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and later retired. He made a comeback and competed in the London 2012 Olympic Games, where he placed fifth in the 50.
Connor Jaeger posted three wins and set two meet records, including a 15:02.68 finish in the final event, the 1,500-meter freestyle. His other record came in the 800 freestyle, and he also won the 400 freestyle.
Kathleen Baker won the women’s 200 IM in her hometown with a career-best 2:14.46. She also finished second in the 100 back.
Olympic gold medalist Jessica Hardy and Mike Alexandrov each completed sweeps of the 50 and 100 breaststrokes Friday. Allison Schmitt won the women’s 200 freestyle, the same event she claimed the gold medal in London.
Dana Vollmer, another Olympic gold medalist, won the 50 butterfly Saturday night after taking the 100 butterfly Friday.
Chloe Sutton, a 2008 and 2012 Olympian, won the women’s 400 freestyle Saturday and 800 freestyle Sunday.
Chase Kalisz, a University of Georgia freshman, won the men’s 400 IM Friday and 200 IM Sunday.
Ryan Lochte placed sixth in the 100 back, which was won by Andrew Teduits in 54.43.
TRACK AND FIELD
Long jumper Brittney Reese and shot putter Ryan Whiting opened the IAAF Diamond League season Friday by setting meet records and posting wins in Doha, Qatar.
Hurdler Dawn Harper-Nelson, the Olympic silver medalist in London, also set a world-leading time in a star-studded field for the 100-meter hurdles. The United States won seven events.
Reese, the gold medalist at the London 2012 Olympic Games, won the long jump at 7.25 meters (23-9 ½), the best by a U.S. woman in 15 years.
Whiting won the men’s shot put at 22.28 meters (73-1 ¼), the nation’s best since 2007.
Harper-Nelson won the women’s 100 hurdles in 12.60. Kellie Wells, the bronze medalist in London, and Queen Harrison followed in second and third as the United States took six of the top eight spots in the event.
Olympic medalists Michael Tinsley (men’s 400 hurdles), Christian Taylor (men’s triple jump) and Justin Gatlin (men’s 100 meters) also won. Mookie Salaam added a win in the men’s B 100 meters.
The second-place finishers included Allyson Felix, a three-time medalist in London, who competed in the women’s 400 in Doha.
Elsewhere, Jon Olsen finished first and Sabrina Little set a U.S. women’s record at 152 miles as the United States won both team championships at the IAU 24-Hour World Championship in Steenburgen, Netherlands.
Also, Mo Trafeh set an American record in 1:14:18 at the USA 25K Championships in Grand Rapids, Mich., where Dot McMahon took the women’s title.
The Diamond League’s next event is this weekend in Shanghai.
Olympians David Boudia and Troy Dumais claimed silver medals at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. China swept all eight gold medals.
Boudia, the 2012 gold medalist in the 10-meter platform, took silver in the event Saturday. It was his first competition since London. Dumais, a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist in the 3-meter synchronized event, finished second in men’s 3-meter Sunday.
Murphy Bromberg was fourth in the women’s 10-meter in her first senior international final and second senior international appearance. Amanda Burke, also in her first international final, took fifth in women’s 3-meter Saturday.
Sam Dorman and Zachary Nees were fifth in the men’s 3-meter synchronized event.
The American team of Steele Johnson and Dashiell Enos were fifth in the 10-meter synchro event and another U.S. team with Jordan Windle and Zach Cooper scored 349.41 points to finish seventh.
In women’s synchronized 3-meter, Americans Laura Ryan and Meghan Houston finished seventh.
The U.S. team now heads to Tallahassee, Fla., for the World Championship Trials, which run from May 15-20.
WARRIOR GAMES PRESENTED BY DELOITTE
The U.S. Army led the way with nine medals — one gold, four silver and four bronze — Sunday in cycling events at the 2013 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte in Colorado Springs.
There are 260 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans participating in the Warrior Games, now in its fourth year. They comprise five U.S. teams representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force and Special Operations, as well as one international team from the United Kingdom. Teams will compete in seven sports including archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field and wheelchair basketball.
The Warrior Games opened Saturday afternoon as Prince Harry passed the Warrior Games torch to Olympic champion swimmer Missy Franklin, who accompanied U.S. Navy Lt. and Paralympic champion swimmer Brad Snyder in lighting the cauldron in front of a crowd of 1,200. Franklin, who garnered four Olympic gold medals in London, was celebrating her 18th birthday and Prince Harry even helped sing “Happy Birthday” to her.
Air Force Maj. Scott Bullis, who lives in Colorado Springs, won the men’s recumbent cycling title.
The U.S. Army swept the women’s 10K open bicycle with Capt. Lacey Hamilton taking first, followed by veterans Margaux Mange and Ashley Crandall.
Defending champion Army and Marines each started 2-0 in sitting volleyball.
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Maggie Hogan and Kaitlyn McElroy picked up where they left off when the ICF Sprint World Cup season opened Friday through Sunday in Szeged, Hungary.
Hogan and McElroy, who earned medals in the final two events of last season, earned a bronze medal in the women’s K2 1,000-meter race Saturday. They also finished second in the K2 500-meter B final.
“I think it was a solid start to our season,” McElroy said. “We able to make positive changes for each successive race, which is what we want to be able to do.
“We had a good race in the 1,000. We were able to stay in touch with the leaders throughout the race and so when we kicked it in at the end, we were able to put ourselves on the podium.”
Tim Hornsby, a 2012 Olympian, finished sixth in the men’s K1 200-meter B Final.
ICE HOCKEY: John Gibson made 30 saves Sunday as the United States shut out Germany, 3-0, to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals with its fifth win in six games at the IIHF Men’s World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Bobby Butler, Paul Stastny and Stephen Gionta scored the goals. The United States, which also defeated France, 4-2, Saturday, completes the preliminary round Tuesday vs. Slovakia.
CYCLING: Connor Fields won the superfinal time trial Friday and the supercross Saturday at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Santiago del Estero, Argentina. Justin Posey reached his first supercross World Cup final and finished fifth. Arielle Martin finished eighth Friday and seventh Saturday. Elsewhere, Zeke Mostov finished second overall while representing USA Cycling’s National Development Program in the three-day Internationale 3-Etappen-Rundfahrt der Rad-Junioren in Germany. Mostov led the young rider classification.
RUGBY: Zach Test was selected Player of the Tournament for the U.S. men, who fell to Fiji, 14-5, in the Plate Final of the IRB London Sevens in England. Test is the first U.S. player to receive the award. The United States went 4-3 in the final event of the IRB Sevens World Series to finish in sixth place. The U.S. women placed fourth in the London 7s Invitational. They defeated Spain 15-7 in the quarterfinals before falling to Australia 28-7 in the semifinals. The invitational served as preparation for the final stop of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series May 18-19 in Amsterdam.
WEIGHTLIFTING: Marissa Klingseis was responsible for three of the five U.S. medals at the Junior World Championships, which concluded Saturday in Lima, Peru. Klingseis took bronze medals in snatch, clean and jerk, and total for the 75+ kg weight class. Jenny Arthur earned a total silver while setting an American Junior record at 75 kg. Darren Barnes took bronze in the clean and jerk for the first medal in the event by a U.S. male since 2000. He also set an American record. The five medals were the most by the United States in the event since 2002.
FENCING: Soren Thompson, the last U.S. competitor remaining at the Grand Prix Men’s Epée Tournament in Berne, Switzerland, was eliminated in the round of 32.
SHOOTING: Will Brown won a gold medal in men’s 10m air pistol while Dempster Christenson earned a silver medal in men’s 10m air rifle earlier at the ISSF World Cup in Fort Benning, Ga. Olympian Michael McPhail earned a second straight trip to the prone rifle finals and finished seventh Sunday. Keith Sanderson was fifth in men’s rapid fire pistol.
WRESTLING: Olympian Spenser Mango went 3-0 to help the United States finish second in the Curby Cup in Lagrange, Ill. The United States beat Serbia and Cup champion Hungary, but lost to Lithuania in the Greco-Roman event. Hungary won via tiebreaker after three teams finished with identical 2-1 records.
BOXING: Daniel Gonzalez (106), Shakur Stevenson (114) and Pano Tiatia (178+) won titles in the Victory Day Tournament for 15- and 16-year-olds in Uman, Ukraine. Jordan White (101) and Keoni Adric (132) finished second.
Story courtesy Red Line Editorial, Inc. Tom Robinson is a freelance contributor for TeamUSA.org. Material from various news services and press releases from National Governing Bodies was used to compile this report. This story was not subject to the approval of any National Governing Bodies.