By Karen Price | July 14, 2018, 6:08 p.m. (ET)
Ashley Henderson celebrates victory in the women's 100-meter at the Athletics World Cup on July 14, 2018 in London.

 

U.S. track and field stars opened the first day of competition at the inaugural Athletics World Cup Saturday in London and put the U.S. in trophy position going into Day 2.

The two-day event features eight of the top countries competing in all distances from 100- to 1,500-meter, plus eight field events. Each country is allowed just one man and one woman in each competition. The winning team will take home the Platinum Trophy.

The U.S. team features nine Olympians, including three medalists, and a host of Olympic hopefuls looking to wear the red, white and blue in Tokyo two years from now.

Team USA leads the competition with 109 points, followed by France with 85 points and Poland and Jamaica with 77 apiece.

Olympic bronze medalist Clayton Murphy won the first of three individual golds for the U.S., winning the men’s 800-meter with a time of 1 minute, 46.52 seconds. Murphy, who won his first Olympic medal in 2016 and also took gold at the Pan American Games in 2015, won the national title at the USATF Outdoor Championships last month.

Ashley Henderson scored the win in the women’s 100-meter in 11.07 seconds, edging Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson with a time of 11.09.

Jeron Robinson took first in the men’s high jump with a best jump of 2.30 meters.

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The U.S. also swept the two relays.

The women’s 4x400-meter team, consisting of Brionna Thomas, Jasmine Blocker, Kiana Horton and Olympian Courtney Okolo, won in a photo finish against Jamaica. The U.S. clocked in at 3:24.48, while Jamaica came in at 3:24.49.

The men’s 4x100 team, made up of Jeff Demps, Kendal Williams, Obi Igbokwe and Cameron Burrell, won their event in 38:42 ahead of Jamaica’s team in 38:52.

Katie Nageotte took second in the women’s pole vault with a best height of 4.68 meters, under the mark of 4.75 set by Great Britain’s Holly Bradshaw.

Donald Scott was second in the men’s triple jump, his mark of 16.73 meters just off that of winner Karol Hoffman of Poland and his season’s best of 16.74.

Olympian and national champion Darrell Hill, the Team USA co-captain with Queen Harrison, was second in men’s shot put with a toss of 21.43 meters. Poland’s Michal Haratyk won with a throw of 21.95.

Ameer Webb took third in the men’s 200-meter with a time of 20.51 seconds. Olympian Devon Allen came in third in the men’s 110-meter hurdles in 13.36 seconds. Quanesha Burks took second in the women’s long jump with a best jump of 6.48 meters. Rachel Schneider was second in the women’s 1,500-meter with a season’s best time of 4:08.04. Finally, three-time Olympian Kara Winger finished second in the women’s javelin throw with a best result of 61.69 meters.

The event concludes Sunday with 17 more events.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.