Sports Scene: Aug. 19-25
Team USA has earned 15 medals to date, including seven gold medals, at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. U.S. flag bearer Kendall Yount captured the women’s +63-kilogram title in taekwondo, while Hannah Moore surged to gold medals in the women’s 400-meter freestyle and 200 backstroke. In track & field, Noah Lyles and Myles Marshall clinched titles in the men’s 200 and 800. Lily Zhang made history by earning a bronze medal, becoming the first American to medal in table tennis at the Olympic or Youth Olympic Games.
Brady Ellison clinched the men’s recurve title by defeating Jean-Charles Valladont of France in the final by one point at the World Archery Field Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.
Seven Americans notched top-10 finishes – highlighted by Aaron Gwin earning sixth place in men’s elite downhill – at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Meribel, France.
Elsewhere, Tejay van Garderen defended his overall title in the USA Pro Challenge, crossing the final finish line in 20:05.42 after beating his own course record en route to winning the Stage 6 individual time trial.
Sam Mikulak and Simone Biles captured the men’s and women’s all-around titles at the 2014 P&G Championships in Pittsburgh, and were each named to the team representing the United States at the 2014 World Gymnastics Championships in October.
The U.S. women’s national team earned the silver medal, falling 4-1 to Japan in the final round of the ISF Women’s World Championship in Haarlem, Netherlands. The team remained undefeated through pool play and finished the tournament at 9-2. Both Team USA losses came against Japan.
American swimmers earned 40 medals overall – including 14 golds, 12 silvers and 14 bronzes – headlined by Katie Ledecky winning five gold medals and breaking world records in the women’s 400- and 1,500-meter freestyle – at the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia. In his first international meet since 2012, Michael Phelps captured three gold medals, one in the 100 butterfly and two in relay events.
Track & Field:
Dawn Harper-Nelson won the 100-meter hurdles title in 12.66 at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Birmingham, United Kingdom, while Christian Taylor defeated Olympic champion Greg Rutherford to win the long jump at 8.09 meters.
Meanwhile, Americans Richard Browne and Jarryd Wallace sealed a 1-2 finish in the men’s 100-meter T43/44 at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Sarah Groff raced to her first ITU World Triathlon series title with a time of 1:03.00 at the ITU World Triathlon in Stockholm. With the win, she moved up to second in the world rankings.
The U.S. pair of Todd Rogers and Theo Brunner defeated Cuba in three sets to win the gold medal at the NORCECA Beach Tour in Varadero, Cuba, while Tealie Hunkus and Kim DiCello took silver in the women’s division.
Elsewhere, Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson claimed the bronze medal by outplaying Austria in two sets at the FIVB Grand Slam in Stare Jablonki, Poland.
The United States finished fourth following an 8-6 loss to Croatia at the FINA Men’s World Cup in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Bret Bonanni was named the tournament’s top scorer while Jesse Smith earned top defensive honors. The men’ team tallied a 3-3 tournament record, defeating South Africa, Montenegro and Australia.
Also This Week:
Stephen Curry led the U.S. Men’s National Basketball Team with 20 points to defeat Puerto Rico, 112-86, in an exhibition game in New York City…The women's four advanced to the final at the 2014 World Rowing Championships, held Aug. 24-31 in Amsterdam…More than 70 American riders kicked off the World Equestrian Games, held Aug. 23-Sept. 7 in Normandy, France…The first round of the U.S. Open is underway in Flushing, New York, with Serena Williams and John Isner headlining the U.S. contenders.