Sports Scene: June 24-30, 2014
Philip Dalhausser (R) digs a ball in the match against the team from Italy during day 5 of the FIVB Moscow Grand Slam on June 15, 2014 in Moscow, Russia.
Gwen Jorgensen became the first woman to claim six world triathlon titles, earning her third consecutive series victory with a time of 1:55:33 at the ITU World Triathlon in Chicago. Jorgensen surged in the final stretch to finish 20 seconds ahead of her closest competitor.
American paratriathletes claimed seven victories – highlighted by Aaron Scheidies’ winning time of 1:07:03 in the men’s PT5 – at the ITU World Paratriathlon in Chicago. On the women's side, Hailey Danisewicz, the reigning paratriathlon world champion, covered the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, and 5-kilometer run in 1:32:48. Paralympian Melissa Stockwell, who is 20 weeks pregnant, finished runner-up.
The U.S. men's national team finished second in Group G to advance to the FIFA World Cup Round of 16. Up next, Team USA will face Belgium in an elimination game July 1 in Salvador, Brazil.
Three Americans secured top-10 finishes – highlighted by Christine Jennings’ fifth place in 2:12.41 – at the FINA 10-kilometer Marathon World Cup in Setubal, Portugal.
Track & Field
Paralympic champion Tatyana McFadden set two world records in the women’s T54 5,000- and 1,500-meter events at the Indy International in Indianapolis.
Several athletes posted record-setting results at the 2014 U.S. Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, California, highlighted by javelin throwers Kara Patterson and Brittany Borman surpassing 200 feet for the first time in U.S. history. Other impressive showings came from Devon Allen, who beat defending U.S. champion Ryan Wilson and defending world champion David Oliver in a wind-aided 110-meter hurdles 13.16 (+2.1). Jenny Simpson won the 1,500 (4:04.96) and Francena McCorory beat Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross in the 400. Allyson Felix, who tore her hamstring at the 2013 World Championships, withdrew before the 100 semifinals. Tianna Bartoletta won the 100 (11:15), while Mike Rodgers claimed the men's title (10.09).
The U.S. duo of Sean Rosenthal and Phil Dalhausser defeated Brazil in two sets to claim its first gold medal of the 2014 FIVB World Tour at the Grand Slam in Stavanger, Norway. Meanwhile, Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross earned their third gold medal of the tour with a victory over Spain.
Elsewhere, the U.S. men’s national indoor team split the series with Russia, 1-1, at the FIVB World League match in Kallingrad, Russia.
Also This Week:
Willy Cowles earned three titles at the 2014 U.S. Rowing Championships…Sandra Uptagrafft, a 2012 Olympian, won the women’s sport pistol title at the 2014 USA Shooting Rifle/Pistol National Championships…Nathan Schrimsher and Olympic modern pentathlete Margaux Isaksen clinched the men’s and women’s titles at the 2014 USA Pentathlon National Championships…Adam Elzoghby scored 34 goals to lead the U.S. men to a sixth-place finish at the 2014 Pan American Handball Championships in Montevideo City, Uruguay…The United States defeated France, 88-41, in preliminary-round play at the FIBA Women’s U17 World Championship…The U.S. women's team remains in contention at the IBSA Goalball World Championships.