Sports Scene: July 15-21
The U.S. Men’s National Team clinched the gold medal for the second time in team history after defeating top-ranked Brazil in four sets at the FIVB World League Final in Florence, Italy. Taylor Sander led Team USA’s volleyball team in points for the third-consecutive match. Sander notched 24 points in the contest on 22 kills, earning him MVP honors of the tournament. He was also named Best Spiker.
Team USA closed the 2014 Pan American Olympic Festival in gold-medal fashion with four final round victories Sunday in Mexico City. All four American competitors won gold medals in the multisport event: Queen Underwood, Cam F. Awesome, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza and 2012 Olympic champion Claressa Shields.
Todd Wells and Lea Davison took home the men’s and women’s titles at the 2014 Cross-Country Mountain Bike National Championships in Macungie, Pennsylvania.
Highlighted by a bronze medal from David Boudia and Steele Johnson in the men’s synchronized 10-meter, Team USA posted five top-10 finishes at the FINA Diving World Cup in Shanghai.
The U.S. women’s saber team captured the gold medal after defeating France, 45-39, at the FIE World Fencing Championships in Kazan, Russia. The win marks the team’s first senior world championship title since 2005 and the third in history.
Donnell Whittenburg posted the top score at the 2014 Men’s National Qualifier at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 2012 Olympic all-around bronze medalist Danell Leyva is among the 17 senior men who qualified for the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships in Pittsburgh, scheduled for Aug. 21-24 at CONSOL Energy Center.
Missy Franklin won the 200-meter freestyle (1:58.38) and finished second behind Elizabeth Pelton in the 100 back in the Los Angeles Invitational, a tune-up meet for the national championships set for next month in Irvine, California. Pelton won the 100 back at 1:00.57; Franklin touched the wall at 1:00.70. Meanwhile, at the Potomac Valley Long Course Senior Championships in Maryland, Katie Ledecky posted the fourth-fastest time in the world this year in the 200 at 1:55.79.
U.S. Junior National Team members won gold medals in duet and team as the 2014 U.S. Open Synchronized Swimming Championships concluded Saturday night at the Heritage Park Aquatic Complex. Team USA members Anita Alvarez and Sandra Ortellado scored 152.7530 points in the junior duet final Friday to win gold. Teresa Alonso and Yulieth Barreto of Mexico finished second at 147.4893, and Danielle Emma and Alexandra Meredith-Le Roux of the Santa Clara Aquamaids were third at 143.3125.
Track & Field
Justin Gatlin and Tori Bowie won the men’s 200-meter and women’s 100 in season-best times of 19.68 and 10.80 at the IAAF Diamond League Herculis meet in Fontvieille, Monaco.
Also This Week:
Morgan Martin and Kathryn Plummer won the women’s gold medal at the FIVB Under-17 Beach Volleyball World Championships…The U.S. finished seventh at the CDIO5* Lambertz FEI Nations Cup…Jazzy Kerber and Rebecca Sereda tied for the rhythmic gymnastics national title for the first time in U.S. history at the 2014 USA Gymnastics Championships…Jenny Arthur (75 kilograms.) and Caine Wilkes (105+ kilograms) were among the 15 athletes to win national titles at the 2014 U.S. Championships.