Several U.S. athletes who made Olympic history a year ago in London will be vying for world championship titles when they compete in the IAAF World Championships in Moscow. On tap this weekend is one of the most-watched events: the 100-meter dash. Mariel Zagunis, who was the flag bearer last summer at the London 2012 Olympic Games, is seeking a third individual world title in fencing. And the U.S. women’s volleyball team is looking to become the first team to win four consecutive FIVB World Grand Prix titles. Read about these events and more in this week’s edition of the Team USA Weekend Preview.
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IAAF World Championships, Aug. 10-18, Moscow
American sprinter Justin Gatlin won’t have to wait long for his big moment at the IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Moscow.
The preliminaries in the men’s 100-meter race are scheduled for Saturday morning, long before the Opening Ceremony is held Saturday night. Gatlin, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, has been the only person this year to defeat two-time Olympic 100-meter champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica.
Gatlin posted a time of 9.94 seconds in the 100 to beat Bolt by one-hundredth of a second in June in Rome. They are expected to meet again in the final at worlds Sunday.
Also competing for a medal on the first weekend of the worlds will be Olympic women’s long jump champion Brittney Reese. The final is set for Sunday. Three other U.S. long jumpers are also in the worlds: Olympic bronze medalist Janay DeLoach Soukup, Tori Polk and Funmi Jimoh.
“I think it is a good thing that our event is finally in the spotlight,” Reese said. “I think since there are four Russians and four USA athletes, it is going to be a great competition. Most definitely over seven meters is going to be the win. I feel great and excited about going in and popping a big one to take home another gold.”
There are several reigning U.S. world champions who will try to defend their crowns at these world championships: Jason Richardson, men’s 110-meter hurdles; Carmelita Jeter, women’s 100; Jenny Simpson, women’s 1,500; Lashinda Demus, women’s 400-meter hurdles; Trey Hardee, decathlon; Jesse Williams, men’s high jump; Christian Taylor, men’s triple jump; and Dwight Phillips, men’s long jump.
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix will run later next week in her signature event, the women’s 200. She is a three-time world champion in the 200 and took the bronze in that event at the last world championships in 2011.
Other top men’s contenders include Olympic 110-meter hurdles champion Aries Merritt, Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton, and Galen Rupp, 5,000 and 10,000 (Rupp earned the Olympic silver medal in the 10,000).
One newcomer to watch at worlds is 17-year-old Mary Cain, who is set to compete in the 1,500.
TV: 1:30 a.m.-5:30 a.m. ET Saturday, Universal Sports; 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, NBC; 1 a.m.-5 a.m. Sunday, Universal Sports; 12 p.m.-2 p.m., NBC
2013 Senior World Championships, Aug. 5-12, Budapest
Mariel Zagunis, a two-time Olympic champion and four-time world champion, will chase after more gold Friday in the women’s saber competition at the 2013 Senior World Championships. She will also team up with Dagmara Wozniak, Ibtihaj Muhammad and Eliza Stone in the team event Monday.
Two-time Olympian Gerek Meinhardt will be among four U.S. Olympians competing Friday in the men’s foil tournament.
Courtney Hurley, a bronze medalist at the London 2012 Olympic Games, placed 11th Thursday in the women’s epée individual tournament.
In the IWAS World Wheelchair Fencing Championship 2013, which began Aug. 7 and run through Aug. 12 in Budapest, 2012 Paralympian Catherine Bouwkamp will compete in saber. She is a three-time member of the U.S. Wheelchair World Team and at age 16 was the youngest member of the U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Fencing Team in 2012. She is set to compete Friday.
TV: 9 p.m. ET Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Universal Sports
Webcast: 12:30 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 1:25 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. Monday, universalsports.com
FIVB World Grand Prix, Aug. 9-11, Belgrade, Serbia
The top-ranked U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team will face No. 9 Serbia and two other teams in the second weekend of preliminary play in the FIVB World Grand Prix. The United States won two of its three matches last weekend to score six points, losing only to Brazil Sunday. That loss snapped Team USA’s longest winning streak in the competition at 18 matches.
The United States will face No. 14 Algeria (0-3) Friday, No. 19 Netherlands (1-2) Saturday and Serbia (3-0) Sunday and is hoping to become the first team to win four consecutive FIVB World Grand Prix titles.
Among the players coach Karch Kiraly activated for the 14-player roster are outside hitters Kristin Hildebrand, Kim Hill, Regan Hood, and Cassidy Lichtman, and middle blockers Rachael Adams, Lauren Gibbemeyer, Christa Harmotto and Lauren Paolini. Hill led the team in scoring with 47 points last weekend.
The finals will be held Aug. 28-Sept. 1 in Sapporo, Japan.
Webcast: 2:15 p.m. ET Friday, Saturday, Sunday, universalsports.com
FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam, Aug. 6-11, Berlin
Seven U.S. teams advanced into Friday’s play of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam in Berlin, including one unbeaten men’s team and two unbeaten women’s teams.
Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson, seeded No. 6 in the men’s tournament, finished off pool play with a 3-0 record and advanced into the second round. They defeated No. 11 Grzegorz Fijalek and Mariusz Prudel of Poland, 21-17, 21-28, Thursday. Sean Rosenthal and Phil Dalhausser, seeded No. 5, and Brad Keenan and John Mayer advanced from pool play to the first round with 2-1 records. Rosenthal and Dalhausser have already won three FIVB tournaments this year.
The women’s teams of Jennifer Kessy and April Ross, and Lauren Fendrick and Brittany Hochevar each won their first two pool matches Thursday. Kessy and Ross, the 2012 Olympic silver medalists, are seeded No. 5. Two other U.S. women’s teams also finish up pool play Friday.
The men’s medal round will take place Saturday, followed by the women’s medal round Sunday.
FINA World Cup, Aug. 10-11, Berlin
Tom Shields, who set an American record in the short-course 200 butterfly Wednesday in the Netherlands, will be among a group of U.S. swimmers competing this weekend at a FINA World Cup meet in Berlin, Germany. Shields’ record time of 1:51.38 placed him third behind South Africa’s Chad le Clos, who won the 200 fly in a world-record time of 1:49.04.
Webcast: 12 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, universalsports.com
Also in swimming:
Speedo Junior National Championships, Aug. 5-9, Irvine, Calif.
Pan American Cup, Aug. 10-17, Brampton, Ont., Canada
The U.S. Men’s National Team will open play in the Pan American Cup Saturday, when it faces Uruguay in Brampton, Ont. The United States is the No. 4 seed in the tournament.
Ian Scally, who just notched his 100th cap with Team USA this week, and Patrick Harris are playing in their third Pan American Cup, and are among just six players named to the national team with previous Pan American Cup experience. The 18-player roster includes 18-year-old Aki Kaeppeler.
The United States, which was placed in Pool A, will face Argentina Sunday and Mexico Tuesday. The semifinals will be played Thursday, followed by the medal round Aug. 17. The United States prepped for the tournament by playing Chile twice earlier this week in Chula Vista, Calif., winning 3-0 and tying 1-1.
UCI Juniors Track World Championships, Aug. 7-11, Glasgow, Scotland
Sarah Huang, Nadia Latzgo, Tara McCormick and Laurel Rathbun combined to finish ninth in qualifying in women’s team pursuit Thursday at the UCI Juniors Track World Championships in Scotland. Latzgo also finished 15th in the women’s 500-meter time trial.
The junior worlds continue through Sunday. Events today include men’s sprint and omnium, and women’s sprint, omnium and a points race. Overall, 14 U.S. riders are entered in the competition.
USA Cycling Elite Timed Track National Championships, Aug. 9-11, Carson, Calif.
Two-time Olympian Bobby Lea will compete for a national title in the men’s omnium at the USA Cycling Elite Timed Track National Championships. The competition, which will determine 10 national championships, is being held Friday through Sunday at the VELO Sports Center in Carson, Calif. Other title contenders include defending champions Matthew Baranoski; Madalyn Godby, a three-time medalist at the Pan American Continental Track Championships; and Jennifer Valente, the junior track world champion.
Also in cycling:
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Aug. 10-11, Mont-Sainte Anne, Quebec
CSIO5* Dublin, Aug. 8-10, Dublin, Ireland
McLain Ward, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, rode Cadence to a victory Thursday in an 18-horse jump-off in the Anglesea Stakes, a part of the CSIO5* Dublin event this week. Ward and Katie Dinan will compete in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup event Friday.
Also competing for the United States in Dublin are Beezie Madden, Reed Kessler and Kent Farrington.
Also in equestrian:
FEI World Breeding Championships for Dressage Young Horses, Aug. 7-11, Verden, Germ
USEF National Vaulting Championships, Aug. 8-11, National Western Complex, Denver.
US Pony Finals, Aug. 6-10, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, Ky.
U.S. Sprint National Championships, Aug. 8-11, Oklahoma City
Kaitlyn McElroy and Maggie Hogan scored a pair of first-place finishes Thursday on the Oklahoma River in the U.S. Sprint National Championships. They teamed up to win the senior women’s K2 500-meter race, then combined with Nicole Mallory and Arezou Fakhr to win the K4 500-meter race.
Chris Miller won the men’s K1 1,000-meter final, edging Ryan Dolan by 2.933 seconds. Ian Ross and Rob Finlayson won the men’s C2 1,000 with a time of 3:57.129. Ian’s brother, Gavin, was in the second-place canoe with David Podloch.
The competition, which features 400 of the nation’s top sprint paddlers, continues through Sunday at the Oklahoma City Boathouse District. National champions will be crowned in seven classes, including senior, Under-23, junior and paracanoe. The senior-level competition features a number of 2016 Olympic hopefuls.
IJF World Cadet Championships, Aug. 8-11, Miami
Two Florida teens, Ashlyn White and Katherine Lieby, will compete for the United States on Friday in the IJF World Cadet Championships in Miami. They are among 19 U.S. athletes and more than 500 from 80 nations.
Action in two men’s weight classes and two women’s classes each day will be held Friday through Sunday at the Trump Doral Golf Resort & Spa. U.S. athletes had fifth- and seventh-place finishes Thursday.
The tournament is a qualifier for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
The IJF World Cadet Championships will be streamed live here.
2013 World Rowing Junior Championships, Aug. 7-11, Trakai, Lithuania
The United States junior men’s four made the finals for the first time in the junior national team’s history. The junior men achieved that feat Friday morning in semifinal racing and advanced to the final Saturday. Also advancing from the quarterfinals to the semifinals were the junior men’s pair and the junior men’s single. The women’s junior pair and the women’s junior quadruple sculls will compete for medals Saturday.
USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championship, Aug. 9-11, Colorado Springs
Spots in the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship will be at stake this weekend when men’s and women’s teams battle in the USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championship. The tournament begins Friday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Among the women’s squads is Team Primus, a Missouri-based team with two University of Missouri commits who lost just one game (the championship game) in last week’s 3x3 National Championships featuring teams with older players. The winning women’s and men’s teams, if they meet USA Basketball criteria, will be nominated to represent the United States at the 3x3 U18 worlds in September in Indonesia.
ITU Duathlon World Championships, Aug. 10, Ottawa, Canada
Defending world champions Robin Caruso, David Kyle, Edwin Bixenstine and Kristin Villopoto will be among nearly 400 U.S. athletes competing Saturday in the ITU Duathlon World Championships in Canada. Caruso (TRI-4) and Kyle (TRI-3) are paraduathletes, and Bixenstine (85-89) and Villopoto (50-54) are age-group champions. The standard-distance age-group races consist of a 10-kilometer run, 40k bike race and 5k run. The paraduathlon, Under-23, Junior and Sprint events consist of a 5k run, 20k bike race and 2.5k run.
Also in triathlon:
USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, Aug. 10-11, Milwaukee
Ivan Hinka Memorial Tournament, Aug. 5-10, Breclav, Czech Republic
The U.S. Under-18 Select Team will face the host country Friday in the semifinal of the Ivan Hinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic. The semifinal winners meet in the tournament final Saturday.
Also in ice hockey:
USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp, Aug. 3-10, U.S. Olympic Center, Lake Placid, N.Y.
FILA Cadet Pan American Championships, Aug. 9-11, Medellin Colombia
Cadet nationals double champions Daton Fix and Mason Manville are among a group of U.S. wrestlers who will compete at the FILA Cadet Pan American Championships in Colombia. The United States has full teams in men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman. Fix (50 kilograms/110.2 pounds) of Charles Page High School in Sand Springs, Okla., and Manville (69kg/152) of Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J., will compete in both men’s freestyle and Greco-Roman.
Other U.S. wrestlers include Joe Smith (63kg/138.75, men’s freestyle), the son of Olympic champion and Oklahoma State University coach John Smith, and twin sisters Marina (38kg/83.75) and Regina (40kg/88) Doi, co-champions at the 2013 junior nationals.
Also in wrestling:
Poland Open, U.S. women’s freestyle team, Aug. 10-11, Spala, Poland
Waclaw Ziolkowski Memorial, U.S. men’s freestyle team, Aug. 10-11, Spala, Poland
Women’s Nations Cup, July 30-Aug. 10, Glendale, Colo.
The USA Rugby Women’s Eagles will play South Africa for third place Saturday in the Women’s Nations Cup in Glendale, Colo. The United States lost a chance to qualify for the gold-medal match after a 36-21 loss Wednesday to England.
Jamie Burke earned her 41st career international cap in Wednesday, passing Patty Jervey for the all-time caps record. The United States has won two of three matches in the tournament. Canada will play England in the final.
Also in rugby:
Club Sevens Championship, Aug. 10-11, Pittsburgh
Youth World Championships, Aug. 8-11, Wuhan, China
Five athletes are representing the United States at the Modern Pentathlon Youth World Championships in China: Natalie Bowman, Kristina Troyanski, Brendan Anderson, Michael Hoffmann and Teddy Koerner. Bowman and Anderson are national youth champions.
USA Diving Junior National Championships, Aug. 4-10, Minneapolis
Mark Anderson won gold for the third time this week when he captured the 1-meter championship Thursday in the boys’ 16-18 competition at the USA Diving Junior National Championships. Anderson previously won titles in synchronized 3-meter and synchronized platform. Other winners Thursday included Jordan Windle, who scored 10s in his final two dives in the 14-15 boys platform class.
The junior nationals continue through Saturday at the University of Minnesota. The championships will determine the roster spots for the Junior Pan American Championships in September in Tucson, Ariz.
USA Curling High Performance Program exhibition vs. China, Aug. 10-11, Blaine, Minn.
The opening camp of the USA Curling High Performance Program will feature exhibition matches against China’s elite women’s squads on Saturday and Sunday in Blaine, Minn. Team Brown, skipped by Erika Brown, will be featured in the exhibition Saturday and Team Pottinger, skipped by Allison Pottinger, will be in the exhibition Sunday. Both teams are qualified for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in November.
ITF World Junior Tennis Finals, Aug. 5-10, Prostejov, Czech Republic
The U.S. Boys U14 team defeated Australia 4-1 and the U.S. Girls U14 team defeated the Czech Republic 5-1 Thursday at the ITF World Junior Tennis Finals. The tournament continues through Saturday. The United States is defending boys’ team champion.
Chubb U.S. Junior Championships, Aug. 6-9, LaPorte, Texas
Nic Baird (singlehanded), Kristopher Swanson and Alexander Ron (doublehanded), and Jack Barton, Sammy Shea, Sam Barton and Alex Moody (triplehanded) were the leaders entering Friday’s final round of the Chubb U.S. Junior Championships. The racing is taking place in Galveston Bay in Texas. Just four points back in the triple handed championship competition is the team of Liam McCarthy, Nevin Avila, Emily Wright and Noah Blacker.
USA Baseball 14U National Team Development Week, Aug. 6-10, Cary and Durham, N.C.
The last two Stars versus Stripes 14U intrasquad games will be played Friday at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and Saturday at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. The USA Baseball National Team Development Week is a part of the process to identify the 14U players who will feed into the 15U National Team in 2014.
Mayor’s Cup, Aug. 6-9, San Juan, Puerto Rico
The USA Softball Women’s National Team will face Cuba Friday for the championship of the Mayor’s Cup tournament in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The United States, which earned the top seed after preliminary round play, defeated Cuba, the No. 2 seed, in a preliminary game, 4-1, Thursday. Nicole Hudson hit a home run.
An ISF Pan American Games qualifier begins Saturday in San Juan. The United States will play Peru Saturday, and Brazil and El Salvador Sunday. The playoffs begin Aug. 16.