Sports Scene: May 20-27, 2014

By United States Olympic Committee | May 27, 2014, 11:23 p.m. (ET)

Team USA celebrates after being awarded the Golden Baton for best team score following the conclusion of day two of the IAAF World Relays at the Thomas Robinson Stadium on May 25, 2014 in Nassau, Bahamas.

Team USA claimed the first Golden Baton after winning five of 10 relay events – and posting three runner-up finishes – at the inaugural IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas. The United States finished first in the men’s 4x400-meter, and the women’s 4x100, 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800 events.

Team USA’s 4x400 squad, which featured Dee Dee Trotter, Sanya Richards-Ross, Natasha Hastings and Joanna Atkins, combined for a gold medal with a world-leading time of 3:21.69.

Team USA’s 4x1,500-meter men’s team broke an American record that was set before any of this team’s runners were born, crossing the line in 14.40.80 to knock almost six seconds off the previous record from 1979.

Read more about Team USA’s performance in the Bahamas here.

Cycling

Howard Grotts and Kate Courtney finished eighth and ninth in the men’s and women’s under-23 events at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, held in Nové Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic. Read more here.

Fencing

Courtney Hurley earned a gold medal gold at the epée grand prix, while Gerek Meinhardt finished ninth at the foil world cup in Havana, Cuba  London Olympic team medalist Hurley made history Friday when she became the first U.S. woman to medal at a grand prix in epée.

Hurley, who had previously placed in the top eight four times on the world cup circuit, upset two Olympic medalists en route to claiming the silver at the Havana Epée Grand Prix in Cuba.

Elsewhere, Andras Horanyi finished eighth at the epée world cup in Buenos Aires. Meanwhile, Anne-Elizabeth Stone finished fifth at the saber grand prix in Beijing, where Dagmara Wozniak and Ibtihaj Muhammad placed seventh and 10th.

London Olympian Lee Kiefer advanced to the table of 16 at the final event of the world cup circuit Saturday at the Marseille Foil Grand Prix in France. Kiefer finished 11th.

Read more here.

Shooting

Five-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode won the women’s skeet event, while Josh Richmond earned a silver medal in men’s double trap at the ISSF World Cup in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Read more here.

Volleyball

The U.S. Men’s National Indoor Volleyball Team went 2-0 at the FIVB World League event in Varna, Bulgaria.

Read more here.

Water Polo

The U.S. women’s national team claimed the silver medal after losing to Australia, 7-5, in the gold-medal game at the FINA Intercontinental Tournament in Riverside, California.

Read more here.

Also this Week:

Alison Powers claimed her third road title of the year while seven para-cyclists took home titles at their respective national championship events… Thirty-three U.S. athletes are competing at the 2014 French Open, which continues through June 8.

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