Team USA Weekend Wrap-Up: May 27, 2013
Tyson Gay (center) wins the 10-meter final during the adidas Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island on May 25, 2013 in New York City.
Weather conditions had a significant impact on the performances at the adidas Grand Prix, an IAAF Diamond League track and field event in New York City Saturday.
The wind, rain and cold limited Olympic champion Jenn Suhr to two attempts at a single height in the pole vault.
Suhr waited until three vaulters remained to make her first attempt. She cleared 4.63 meters (15-2 ¼) on her second try, which was enough for victory.
The pole vault had been moved to a more prominent spot on the homestretch because of the interest in a strong field that included Suhr going against Olympic silver medalist Yarisley Silva of Cuba.
“You always want to jump higher and put in a really stellar performance,” said Suhr, who, with the win secured, chose not to risk injury by attempting any other heights. “But with the conditions, you take what you can.”
Tyson Gay, Ryan Whiting, Michael Tinsley and Janay DeLoach Soukup were among the other American winners.
“It was important for me to feel healthy and not push it too hard with the conditions,” said Gay, who won the men’s 100-meter dash in 10.02 seconds.
Whiting led a U.S. sweep of the top four spots in the men’s shot put and Tinsley won the men’s 400-meter hurdles.
Olympic bronze medalist DeLoach Soukup won the long jump over a strong field, which included Olympic champion Brittney Reese, in a meet record effort of 21-5 ¾.
Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross had entered the 400 but was a last-minute scratch. Richards-Ross underwent toe surgery in September and has not competed since winning a gold medal in the London 2012 Olympic Games. She told reporters she plans to run this weekend in the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore. In her absence, Amantle Montsho of Botswana won the 400 in 49.91, followed by Americans Natasha Hastings and Francena McCorory.
Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson earned a silver medal Sunday at the Corrientes Grand Slam in Argentina for their second straight medal on the FIVB World Tour.
Gibb and Patterson were seeded seventh. They topped third-seeded Paolo Nicolai and Daniel Lupo of Italy, 21-19, 20-22, 15-17, in the semifinals before losing to Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins of Latvia, 21-16, 21-19.
“We scratched, clawed and kept biting until the very last point,” Gibb said of the semifinal. “That is the way we won the match.
“The Italians are such great players with such a great future.”
Olympic silver medalists April Ross and Jennifer Kessy placed fourth in the women’s event.
Mallory Burdette and Shelby Rogers posted wins Sunday when the French Open began in Paris.
Burdette and Rogers are among 15 U.S. women, the most from any country, entered in the French Open, which continues through June 9.
Burdette defeated Donna Vekic, 6-3, 6-4. Rogers topped Irena Pavlovic, 6-3, 6-4.
Olympic champion Serena Williams is the No. 1 seed in the women’s event. Olympic champions Bob and Mike Bryan are the top seed in the doubles event.
Elsewhere, the United States won its record eighth men’s quad title at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Antalya, Turkey.
Nick Taylor and David Wagner provided the singles wins in the semifinal win over Japan and a victory over Israel in the final. They also teamed for the doubles victory against Japan, a match in which the United States dropped just six games in six combined sets.
Both singles ties were a repeat of the gold and bronze medal matches at the London 2012 Paralympic Games with Paralympic champion Noam Gershony of Israel taking on Wagner and Taylor facing Israel's Shraga Weinberg.
Tom Zirbel and Carmen Small won the men’s and women’s time trials Saturday at the Volkswagen USA Cycling Professional Road & Time Trial National Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Zirbel finished first, followed by Brent Bookwalter and Nate Brown third. Defending champion Tim Duggan, still healing from a crash, did not start.
“It’s been on my list since 2006, my first year as pro,” said Zirbel, who won the title for the first time after finishing second in 2011 and fourth last year. “I got close a lot of times and now I’m really excited to be able to wear the Stars and Stripes for a full year.
“This is definitely a career highlight.”
Small won the women’s pro title in what was previously a men’s-only event, finishing first among 42 cyclists. Kristin McGrath was second and Alison Powers was third.
“I don’t think any of us has done a press conference before,” Small said. “That says a lot. We’re at the top end of American women’s cyclists.
“We’re deserving of it. It’s really exciting that this is coming about, that we’re able to be here alongside the professional men.”
David Randall led the U.S. Handcycling Series Time Trial.
The road race national titles will be determined Monday.
Aaron Pico won every bout at 63 kg by technical fall to earn Outstanding Wrestler honors at the FILA Cadet National Championships in Akron.
Devin Brown and Spencer Lee, high school teammates from Saegertown, Pa., won titles at 46 and 50 kg.
The champions qualified to represent the United States at the Cadet World Championships in Serbia Aug. 20-25.
The ASICS University Freestyle Championships were also held in Akron.
Former NCAA champion Andrew Howe returned from a year away because of injuries to win the title at 79 kg.
Elsewhere, Oregon repeated as champions of the Junior Greco-Roman World Duals, which concluded Sunday in Concord, Calif.
The team title was decided on a combination of scoring from dual meets and the individual portion of the tournament.
Ronnie Bresser (56 kg), Dylan Holcomb (66 kg), Tyler Cowger (70 kg), Kyle Bateman (79 kg) and Wyatt Spears (125 kg) won individual titles.
FENCING: In her final Grand Prix event of the season, two-time Olympic champion Mariel Zagunis lost in the final to Ekaterina Dyachenko, 15-11, in Tianjin, China. In an epée World Cup in Argentina, Soren Thompson placed 34th. Samuel Freiman was the top American in 31st.
WATER POLO: The U.S. women went 3-0 and the men went 1-1 in weekend FINA World League preliminary matches in Los Alamitos, Calif.
The women beat Canada, 11-7, Friday and, 8-7, Sunday. They also had a 10-0 win over Brazil, who they will play today.
The men routed Canada, 24-0, and lost a shootout to Brazil, 13-12, Saturday. They play both teams again today.
EQUESTRIAN: Will Faudree and Andromaque finished fifth at the Saumur CCI3* in France.
SHOOTING: Will Brown finished seventh in the 50m pistol Friday at the ISSF World Cup in Munich. It was his first 50m pistol final. He will compete in the 10m air pistol event Tuesday.
JUDO: Nick Delpopolo, Marti Malloy and Hannah Martin each lost in their first bouts at the IJF World Masters in Tyumen, Russia.
RUGBY: Host Canada defeated the U.S. men, 16-9, in the Pacific Nations Cup opener Saturday in Edmonton.
FIELD HOCKEY: Olympian Katie O’Donnell leads all scorers with four goals in three games at the Women’s National Championships, which conclude Wednesday in Norfolk, Va.
PARATRIATHLON: With the largest field in event history, nearly 80 paratriathletes are slated to compete today at the 2013 USA Paratriathlon National Championships, held in conjunction with the Life Time Fitness Tri CapTex in Austin, Texas.
Athletes in seven paratriathlon categories will complete a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run, vying for national titles and Team USA spots for the 2013 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships. To compete in Paratriathlon Nationals, athletes must have successfully completed any sprint-distance triathlon and finished within 40 percent of the winning time at the 2012 USA Paratriathlon National Championship in their category. Gold medalists in Austin will also have an opportunity to compete as part of the USA Paratriathlon National Team for 2013. Among entrants in this event is three-time world paratriathlon champion and Paralympic swimmer Melissa Stockwell.
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.