Sports Scene: May 13-19, 2014
Justin Gatlin celebrates winning the men's 100-meter during the Diamond League Track and Field competition at Shanghai Stadium on May 18, 2014 in Shanghai, China.
Gwen Jorgensen and Justin Gatlin were among the many Team USA athletes to claim a victory this past weekend. Jorgensen claimed her first ITU World Triathlon Series title of the season – and second straight in Yokohama, Japan – with a winning time of 1:58:38 – while Justin Gatlin posted the fastest time in the 100-meter at the IAAF Diamond League event in Shanghai at 9.92 seconds.
Jorgensen, a 2012 Olympian, connected with the lead pack early on, exiting the water just 6 seconds behind the leader, Caroline Routier of Spain. Though the chase pack made up time over the nine-lap bike course, Jorgensen stayed toward the front of the bike pack and began the run in a small group with Ueda and Belgium’s Claire Michel. Around the 3-kilometer mark, Jorgensen broke away to finish with a solid gap over the field for the win.
“I know that if I give my competition an inch, they’ll take a mile, so it’s something I’ve been focusing on,” Jorgensen said in a post-race interview with ITU media. “I was fortunate today, there was a long run to transition, so I think that helped out.”
Gatlin, meanwhile, cruised to victory in Shanghai, besting Jamaica’s Nesta Carter by 0.2 seconds. American Michael Rodgers finished in third. Another American, Emma Coburn, was a surprise winner in the women's 3,000 steeplechase, beating all three medalists from the 2013 IAAF World Athletics Championships in a time of 9 minutes, 19.80 seconds. Michael Tinsley won the men's 400 hurdles and Christian Cantwell led an American sweep of the shot put.
Allyson Felix, who had been hampered by a hamstring injury, made her international season debut in Shanghai and placed fifth in the 400.
Read more about Jorgensen’s winning ways here.
The United States garnered 18 top-five finishes at the IAAF Diamond League event in Shanghai, highlighted by a podium sweep in men’s shot put. Read more about Team USA’s track & field weekend here.
U.S. archers collected six medals (3 golds, 3 bronzes) at the world cup event in Medellin, Colombia. Erika Jones took home three medals and was awarded the Longines Prize for Precision after scoring the most 10s throughout the event. Read more here.
U.S. divers claimed three bronze medals in synchronized diving events at the FINA Grand Prix in Guanajuato, Mexico. The United States also earned three fourth-place finishes in individual competition. Read more here.
Team USA defeated Finland, 3-1, at the 2014 IIHF Men’s World Championship, held in Minsk, Belarus, where the United States concludes preliminary-round play Tuesday against Germany. Read more here.
Michael Phelps, the winningest Olympian in history, earned his first victory since coming out of retirement following the London 2012 Olympic Games with a win in the men’s 100-meter butterfly at the Arena Grand Prix in Charlotte, North Carolina. Three-time Olympic gold medalist Allison Schmitt claimed titles in the women’s 100 and 400 freestyle events, while Connor Jaeger won the men’s 400 and 800 freestyle titles. Read more here.
The U.S. men’s and women’s national indoor volleyball teams earned top-finishes and qualified for the 2014 FIVB World Championships at the NORCECA World Championships Qualification Tournament, held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Both teams finished the tournament with 4-0 records. Read more here.
Also this Week:
Kim Rhode won the women’s skeet shooting title at the ISSF World Cup event in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where competition continues this week. (Read more about Rhode’s victory here)… Ten national champions were crowned at the 2014 National Golden Gloves boxing tournament in Las Vegas… Daryl Homer led the United States with an 11th-place finish at the FIE Saber Grand Prix, held in Warsaw, Poland. (Read more here)... The Women’s Eagles Sevens defeated Russia, 27-12, to finish seventh at the 2014 IRB Women’s Sevens World Series event in Amsterdam.