Sports Scene: May 28-June 2, 2014
Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah Groff, who both represented Team USA at the London 2012 Olympic Games, claimed the gold and silver medals at the ITU World Triathlon Series on the Olympic course — the first 1-2 finish by American women in World Triathlon Series history. Jorgensen finished in 54:44 to maintain her No. 1 world ranking, while Groff finished in 55:12 to move into third.
“It was a hard race out there,” Jorgensen told reporters after the race. “These girls were pushing hard today. I had my first podium here in 2011 and every race is different. You just try to do your best. I had a good swim, and I had a little bit of a slow transition but I just tried to stick with the first group.”
“I’ve always done pretty well, but it is so nice to finally be on the podium at this race,” said Groff, who had finished in the top seven at the Hyde Park venue three times before.
The next stop of the ITU World Triathlon Series will be in Chicago June 27-29. A field of 130 of the world’s best elites, as well as 60 elite paratriathletes and 4,000 age-groupers will compete on the shores of Lake Michigan at a venue staged at Grant Park’s Buckingham Fountain.
Team USA won five gold medals at the 2014 Cheo Aponte tournament in Caguas, Puerto Rico, including victories from Marlen Esparza, Claressa Shields, Melissa Parker, Abraham Nova and Cam Awesome.
American divers earned four top-10 finishes – highlighted by Troy Dumais’ sixth-place finish in the men’s 3-meter springboard competition – at the FINA Diving World Series in Windsor, Ontario.
U.S. men won seven medals at the 2014 World Challenge Cup in Anadia, Portugal. Sam Mikulak won the horizontal bar title, as well as silver on the floor exercise and bronze on parallel bars. Eddie Penev won the pommel horse and vault titles, while Alex Naddour won gold on the floor exercise and claimed silver on the still rings.
The U.S. men’s wheelchair tennis team of Nick Taylor and David Wagner finished second after losing to Great Britain, 2-1, at the 2014 BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Alphen, Netherlands.
Track & Field
Twenty-four U.S. athletes earned top-three finishes – including seven victories – at the 2014 Nike Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, highlighted by Galen Rupp’s national record performance in the men’s 10,000-meter (26:44.36).
Jessica Broderick’s placed second in 1:59:51 to lead all U.S. athletes at the PATCO Triathlon Pan American Championships in Dallas. Seven Americans earned top-10 finishes overall.
Kerri Walsh Jennings broke the AVP Tour women's record Sunday with her 67th victory on the professional beach volleyball circuit.
The three-time Olympic champion teamed with April Ross to beat Brooke Sweat and Lauren Fendrick, 19-21, 21-15, 15-11, in the St. Petersburg Open final at Spa Beach Park.
Walsh Jennings passed retired teammate Misty May-Treanor for the AVP record and also won her record 115th worldwide title. The win was Walsh Jennings' fifth victory and second on the AVP Tour since partnering with Ross in September.
Meanwhile, the U.S. women’s national indoor team finished second after losing to Germany in four sets at the 2014 Montreux Volley Masters in Montreux, Switzerland.
The U.S. men’s national team defeated Brazil, 11-7, to win the gold medal at the FINA Intercontinental Tournament in Shanghai.
American athletes won 16 medals as the U.S. men’s and women’s teams finished fourth and fifth overall at the 2014 Pan American Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Also This Week:
Goalkeeper Tim Howard earned a record 54th win as the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team improved to 2-0 with wins over Azerbaijan and Turkey in a three-game send-off series to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil… The U.S. women’s national field hockey team opened the 2014 Rabobank World Cup with a 2-1 win against England in The Hague, Netherlands, where competition continues through June 15… The United States swept the women’s epée podium and went 1-2 in men’s foil at the Pan American Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica, where competition continues through June 8.
Material from various news services and press releases from National Governing Bodies was used to compile this report.