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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 19:02

New From Around the World (August 15, 2017)

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EME NEWS
Lavillenie 591, Stanek 22.01, great hammer
WARSZAWA (POL, Aug 15): The 8th edition of Kamila Skolimowska Memorial (EA Permit) in National Stadium here was a success with 35 000 spectators and 4 meeting records. Local top stars both hammer world champions won their events clearly with high quality results. Anita Wlodarczyk ended the season with 79.80 ahead of Malwina Kopron who got 75.40 PB with Joanna Fiodorow third 73.09 and Sophie Hitchon fourth 72.02. Pawel Fajdek similarly dominated the men event with 81.50 ahead of another World medalist Wojciech Nowicki 77.13. Great post London shape for World record holder Renaud Lavillenie, he found his way with third attempt at opening height over 561. Then mastered new meet record 571 in second, another one 581 in first and even also 591 in second attempt. He then tried at World leading height of 601. "I was satisfied today with my jumping, happy for season best." It was not good day for Polish jumpers as Pawel Wojciechowski got 551 and Piotr Lisek only 541. Another top duel in men discus was won by Robert Harting with last attempt 66.05 over local hero Piotr Malachowski 65.48 with Gerd Kanter third 64.56. Czech European indoor medalist Tomas Stanek surprised in fifth round of shot put the leader and Olympic winner Ryan Crouser with 22.01, not only a meet record but he also equaled his national record from June this year. Crouser as second managed 21.68. Also in women shot put new meet record by Alyona Dubitskaya of Belarus 17.90. Another World champion from London Mariya Lasitskene won her event with nice 195 clearance but did not went over meet record height 198. Kamila Licwinko did 192 for second. Sylwester Bednarek won men on count-back with 224. The best result from four races on the straight was new meet record of Sharika Nelvis in women hurdles 12.56 when World medalist Pamela Dutkiewicz after a collision did not finish the race. Also fast men winner Devon Allen of USA 13.20 with London fourth placer Garfield Darien not having his day after 14.12 as fifth. The 100 m races winners clocked 11.22 (Rosangela Santos) and 10.34 (Yunier Perez).
 
100 000 for WR
TIGNES (RSA): World champion Luvo Manyonga will reportedly try and break the world long jump record of 8.95m at altitude in Tignes, France on Wednesday, informs Super Sport. “We have planned for the world record attempt. Karen Gibbs (physiotherapist) has been helping Luvo with special breathing exercises to prepare him from competing at 3 000 metres. We also made provision for special thermal clothing should it be really cold in the mountains,” said his coach Neil Cornelius. “Competing at such a high altitude certainly creates its unique challenges. For example, I know that Luvo is going to be much faster in his approach than normal, so we will have to make certain adaptions to it to compromise for the extra speed.” The competition is scheduled due to altitude of 3000 m for midday time. In triple jump Christian Taylor and Will Claye will try to improve the World record also. The bonus for WR is 100 000 Euro.
 
 
OTHER NEWS
BRUSSELS (BEL): World champion Tom Walsh and Olympic champion Ryan Crouser are set to go head-to-head again in the Brussels Diamond League Final on 31 August, informs organisers.
 
NEWCASTLE (GBR): Olympic 5000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot will defend her Great North Run title on 10 September, informs organisers. Cheruiyot will go head-to-head with Mary Keitany while other top entrants include fellow Kenyan Betsy Saina and Brit Jo Pavey.
 
NAIROBI (KEN): After staging the final edition of the World U18 Championships last month, Kenya is set to launch a bid to stage the 2023 World Championships, informs AFP. "We have shown that we are capable to host smaller events, and it has now reached a time when we should host big competitions,” said Kenyan sports minister Hassan Wario.
 
PARIS (FRA): Renaud Lavillenie has said he required knee surgery last autumn after a motorcycle crash, informs L’Equipe. ”In one of the slowest turns of the circuit, I fall on the right, almost at the stop. I felt a little pain in the knee, but I finished the race. Except the next day, at home, I saw it. I was limited in extension and flexion. I had an MRI: a small end of the outer meniscus was broken,” said Lavillenie, who won a bronze medal in London. "This medal is worth gold. Four months ago, I did not see myself here, in such a contest.” He still has after Warszawa three more competitions, Zurich, Berlin and Decanation in 2017.
 
NASSAU (BAH): After missing the World Championships in London due to injury, veteran 400m runner Chris Brown is aiming to compete at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham next March, informs the Nassau Guardian. “I know I could still get out there and drop a fast time. Next season, I plan to be in great shape and competitive at the World Indoors,” he said.
 
MOSCOW (RUS): Ilya Skhurenyev has ended his season after pulling out of the decathlon at the World Championships due to injury, informs Sport Express. Skhurenyev will prepare for the indoor season and hopes to receive an invitation to compete at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham.
 
LONDON (GBR): BBC and ARD-ZDF representatives gave a glimpse into their large-scale broadcast plans for the first multisport European Championships at a special event to mark the one-year-to-go countdown. Speaking at the event organised by co-hosts Glasgow and Berlin on the side lines of the IAAF World Championships, European Broadcasting Union Director of Sport Stefan Kuerten confirmed that more than 1 billion people in Europe and across the globe will be able to enjoy all the action from the European Championships thanks to agreements with almost 40 different broadcasters. Sports fans will be able to enjoy up to 300 hours of programming across television, radio and online, free to air in all the main markets, with an anticipated 2,700 hours of television coverage.
 
BRATISLAVA (SVK): There was no verdict from disciplinary committee of Slovak Athletics federation after today hearing in case of Olympic and World winner over 50 km walk Matej Toth. "We do not have evidence in this case whether prohibited substances or methods were used or not. We will ask for more medical and other experts explanations," the committee said in a statement. Toth had suspicious results in his biological passport and was provisionally suspended. If confirmed he could be banned for 4 years. He provided the committee with 250 pages of text and explanations and 25 attachments prepared by 7 medical experts from 6 countries. He is ready to underwent further examinations. "I want to prove my innocence," he said in his statement.
 
FRANKFURT (GER): Top quotes from London Worlds by German tv station ZDF. In average 3.34 million viewers were watching daily the event. It means in average 16.8% daily market share. Last Worlds in Beijing had 0.83 millions and 13.6 percent. Special was men javelin final with 6.71 million viewers.
 
LONDON (GBR): European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen paid tribute to the European athletes in action over the 10 days of competition at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 as well as the Local Organising Committee. “It was a superb championship from all perspectives. The continental gold-medal tally of 18 titles was the best by an Area Association and I have to say thank you to the IAAF World Championships London 2017 organisers for putting on an outstanding championships on European soil," said President Hansen. Europe also claimed 17 silver medals and 18 bronze medals.
 
 
CORRECTION
LONDON (GBR): To multiple gold medalists also add Tori Bowie for 2 golds in the 100 m and 4x100 m. Together with Phylis Francis and Allyson Felix they are three with two golds, but no one only in individual events. There is Mo Farah and Wayde Van Niekerk with 1 gold and 1 silver.
INDIANAPOLIS, 8/16/2017 - British Athletics and USA Track & Field (USATF) today announced that two of the strongest nations in global track & field will go head-to-head in a new format, one-day competition next year.
 
Entitled ‘The Meet’ and hosted by British Athletics, the event will be staged July 21, 2018 at the London Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London, site of the wildly successful 2017 IAAF World Championships. 
 
It will feature a new, fast-paced format designed to appeal to new audiences at one of the most celebrated athletics stadiums in the world.


 
Many of the stars of USA Track & Field and British Athletics are expected to take part in the event, which will be uniquely designed to entertain audiences at London’s iconic track and field stadium.


 
A blend of running, jumping, hurdles and relay events will ensure an exciting competition lasting two hours. The British Athletics team and Team USATF athletes will score points for their respective countries in nine events in a compact, fan-friendly program.


 
“USATF is thrilled to collaborate and innovate with British Athletes on ‘The Meet,’” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “Team competition captures the attention of fans in a way that brings excitement, attention and focus to our sport. ‘The Meet’ will bring track and field back to the future by reviving dual-meet team competition in a way that caters to modern fans.
8/13/17—LONDON -- Katie Burnett (El Cajon, California), Susan Randall (Beavercreek, Ohio) and Erin Taylor-Talcott (Portland, Oregon) made history Sunday morning as part of the first field of competitors for the women’s 50 km race walk at the IAAF World Championships. Burnett took five minutes off her American 50 km record to finish in 4:21:51 Sunday, breaking her own 35 km (3:00:43) and 40 km (3:27:10) pending American records along the way.
 
Over the first 2 km, Portugal’s Inês Henriques and China’s Hang Yin separated themselves from the group, leaving the remaining five walkers battling for bronze. Burnett split the first 2 km in 10:28 for fifth, with Taylor-Talcott and Randall following in 10:34 and 10:54. By 4 km, Burnett made up ground, moving from fifth to third by 5 km to walk shoulder to shoulder with Nair Da Rosa of Brazil and Shuqing Yang of China. 
 
Taylor-Talcott was disqualified with three bent knee violations just after the 8 km split, while Randall dropped off the pace of the chase pack. The trio of Da Rosa, Yang and Burnett stayed 1:25 behind the leaders as Henriques and Yin continued to push the pace, hitting 10 km in 51:45. 
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 19:08

News From Around the World: EME NEWS (Aug 14, 2017)

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From EME NEWS (AUG 14, 2017)
 
18 Champions in Zurich
ZURICH (SUI): After being forced to withdraw from the 400m final, Isaac Makwala will go head-to-head with world and Olympic champion Wayde van Niekerk in the Weltklasse Zurich IAAF Diamond League on 24 August, informs organisers. Van Niekerk is one of 18 world champions from London confirmed with world 5000m champion Muktar Edris going head-to-head again with world 10,000m champion Mo Farah in another standout clash over 5000m. Other world champions confirmed are Dafne Schippers (200m), Caster Semenya (800m), Sally Pearson (100m hurdles), Emma Coburn (3000m steeplechase), Yulimar Rojas (triple jump), Ekaterini Stefanidi (pole vault), Gong Lijiao (shot put), Barbora Spotakova (javelin), Justin Gatlin (100m), Elijah Manangoi (1500m), Karsten Warholm (400m hurdles), Mutaz Essa Barshim (high jump), Sam Kendricks (pole vault), Luvo Manyonga (long jump) and Johannes Vetter (javelin).
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Yohann Diniz after 50 km walk: "I started having doubts after 20km but in training, we have been doing lots of changes of rhythms, so I just kept going. I got a card around 20k too and I thought, 'I just must not mess this up.' I just concentrated completely on my technique. A lot of training has gone into this – cycling, swimming – everything for this 50km walk. Last night I kept away from watching the TV (athletics) because I did not want to get too excited. I went to bed at 9 because I knew it was going to be my day today. It is a lovely Sunday afternoon. I know you should never take any decision when you are hot. I am still missing one (title) and that is the Olympic one. It would be a nice way to finish in Tokyo."
 
SPECIAL QUOTE I
Usain Bolt:  "I’ve proven that by working hard, anything is possible. For me, I was sitting down today and doing an interview. My motto is anything is possible. It shows that everyone should continue trying. I personally feel this is a good message to send to youngsters to push on. If I can leave that to the younger generation, then that’s a good legacy to leave.”
 
SPECIAL QUOTE II
Sebastian Coe: "The IAAF World Championships London 2017 were the most competitive and compelling World Championships of all time. I can’t remember a time when the competition has been so competitive and the stories around them so compelling. From the opening salvo of discus and long jump to the 4x400m this evening we have witnessed sometimes no more than the thickness of a vest between the finalists."
 
RESULT OF THE DAY
Yohan Diniz 2nd best ever mark in 50 km walk, also meet record and World lead, only he himself achieved in history a better time. Sandra Perkovic 70+ and Dani Samuels Ocenanian reord in discus, Caster Semenya national record and World lead in the 800 m.
 
STAT OF THE DAY
700 000+ sold tickets.
 
SURPRISE OF THE DAY
Trinidad and Tobago beating USA in men 4x400 m.
 
MEDALS (43 countries, +5)
USA 10-11-9, KEN 5-2-4, RSA 3-1-2, FRA 3-0-2, CHN 2-3-2, GBR 2-3-1, ETH 2-3-0, POL 2-2-4, ANA 1-5-0, GER 1-2-2, CZE 1-1-1
 
POINTS (66 countries, +4)
USA 272, KEN 124, GBR 105, POL 86, CHN 81, GER 78, ETH 70, JAM+FRA 68, ANA 56, RSA 52
 
AGENT RANKINGS (by individual gold medals)
Jos Hermens 5, Ricky Simms 2, Paul Doyle 2, Olga Nazarova 2, Daniel Wessfeldt 2, Jukka Harkonen 2, Rene Auguin 2, Lee-Roy Newton, Valentina Fedyushina, Karen Locke, Andy Stubbs, Renaldo Nehemiah, Helena Van der Plaetsen, Kimberly Holland, Marc Corstjens, Marcin Rosengarten, Claude Bryan, Alberto Suarez, Olivier Thomas, Peet Van Zyl, Michel Boeting, Libor Varhanik, Chris Layne, Wes Felix, Czeslaw Zapala, Mark Pryor, Derek Schippers, Maurie Plant, Werner Daniels, Gianni Demadonna.
Note: Karsten Warholm and Emma Coburn do not have an official agent. Not known Ines Henriques, Eider Arevalo.
 
BEIJING 2015 WINNERS (7-27)
yes: Farah (10k), Wlodarczyk, Van Niekerk, Taylor, Schippers, Fajdek, Lasitskene
no: Bolt (100), Malachowski, Kovacs, Silva, M. Dibaba, Ibarguen, Shubenkov, G. Dibaba, Molitor, Barber, Kemboi, Felix, Hejnova, Arzamasova, Kiyeng, Bartoletta, JAM 4x100 men, JAM 4x100 wom, Farah (5k), D. Williams, Yego, Lopez, Caballero, Kiprop, Ayana, JAM 4x400 m wom, USA 4x400 men
 
RIO 2016 WINNERS (14-19)
yes: Farah (10k), Ayana (10k), Thiam, Stefanidi, McLeod, Kipyegon, Wlodarczyk, C. Kipruto, Van Niekerk, Taylor, USA 4x100 wom, Perkovic, Semenya, USA 4x400 m wom
no: Henderson, Bolt (100), Thompson (100), Crouser, Ibarguen, Kolak, Miller-Uibo, Carter, Clement, Muhammad, Centrowitz, Nazarov, Bartoletta, Jebet, JAM 4x100 men, Farah (5k), Rohler, Beitia, USA 4x400 men
 
WORLD RECORD (1)
Henriques 50kw
 
WORLD LEADS (15)
Farah 10k, Ayana 10k, Stefanidi PV, Mayer Dec, USA 4x100 men, GBR 4x100 m men, USA 4x100 m women twice, USA 4x400 m men, USA 4x400 m wom, Diniz 50kmw, TTO 4x400 men, Semenya 800, Henriques 50kw, USA 4x400 wom
 
MEET RECORDS (3)
Coburn SC, Diniz 50k, Henriques 50kw
 
GOLD MEDALS BY CONTINENTS
Europe 17 (+ 1 ANA), NACAC 12, Africa 10, Asia 4, Oceania 2, South America 2
 
 
 
LONDON NEWS
 
LONDON (GBR): This World Championships has also helped the IAAF reach a landmark of 1.2million spectators at World Athletics Series events in 2017, almost doubling the previous record figure. 900,000 of those spectators came from the IAAF World Championships.
 
LONDON (GBR): The IAAF World Coaches Conference, held from 7-10 August, was well received and attracted hundreds of coaches, athletes and media across the four days of talks and presentations.
 
LONDON (GBR): Hundreds of hours of television programming is expected to have reached a cumulative audience of about 400 million. IAAF’s website traffic is up 20% on the last World Championships with 3.4million users and 7.5million sessions. There has also been a significant move towards mobile usage with more than half of the website’s traffic now coming via mobile devices. A huge increase in followers for the IAAF’s social media channels – namely Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – has led to nearly eight million engagements across all platforms.
 
LONDON (GBR): During the championships, participating athletes have been voting to select the six new members of the IAAF Athletes’ Commission. They are: Kim Collins, Inaki Gomez, Adam Kszczot, Thomas Rohler, Ivana Spanovic and Benita Willis.
 
LONDON (GBR): Olympic high jump champion Ruth Beitia of Spain received the International Fair Play award from The International Fair Play Committee (CIFP), with the support of the IAAF. Beitia was recognised for her efforts to console Alessia Trost of Italy after she failed to qualify for the final in the women's high jump. It was an emotional moment for the 24-year-old Trost, whose mother passed last year and former coach this year.
 
LONDON (GBR): Marathons and race walks broke new ground for the Championships with iconic locations and historic moments; over 150,000 people lined marathon course Official mascot Hero the Hedgehog dubbed the best Championship mascot ever after ten days of antics. The Championships will go down as the best ever for ticket sales after organisers were awarded an official Guinness World Record for the number of tickets sold for an IAAF World Championships in front of a packed London Stadium on the closing night. With over three times the amount of applications to places available, it took the help of 4,500 volunteers, known as Runners, to stage the Championships. The Runners brought with them fluency in more than 65 different languages, helping spectators enjoy an engaging experience.
 
 
 
OTHER NEWS
 
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): All eight athletes from the medal winning London 2017 men’s and women’s sprint relay teams to line up at the Alexander Stadium. All four gold medallists from Britain’s World Championship winning men’s 4x100m relay team, and the silver medal winning women’s sprint quartet, will celebrate in style at the Müller Grand Prix Birmingham on Sunday 20 August.
 
BUDAPEST (HUN): Top name of Hungarian team at Universiade in Taipei will be World bronze medalist at 110 m Hurdles Balazs Baji. Also hammer World finalist Bence Halasz.
               
 
 
RESULTS
 
DUBLIN (IRL, Aug 13): At the national half marathon championships, as part of the Affidea Rock 'n' Roll Dublin Half Marathon, Kevin Dooney and Gladys Ganiel won their respective titles in 66:50 and 77:06.
 
HARSTAD (NOR, Aug 13): Jonathan Quarcoo won Norwegian U23 title in the 200 m with 20.56 (+1.3).
 
KIENBAUM (GER, Aug 13): Mareike Arndt scored 6000 points in heptathlon to win the German title.
 
KOTKA (FIN, Aug 13): Good throws Arttu Kangas 19.95 shot and Jenni Kangas 58.50 javelin.
 
GAVLE (SWE, Aug 13): At Swedish championships of different age categories Fanny Roos got 18.20 in U23 shot put, in the u20 Maja Nilsson 190 in high jump and Max Hrelja 13.69 in the 110 m hurdles and in the U18 Ragnar Carlsson 79.52 in hammer (5 kg).
Monday, 14 August 2017 17:26

Team USATF Superlatives - London 2017

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LONDON -- Team USATF's performance at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London was one for the record books, from a record number of medals to all-time best performances.

LONDON -- With three medals Sunday night at the IAAF World Championships - gold by the women’s 4x400, silver by the men’s 4x400, and bronze by Ajee’ Wilson in the 800 - Team USATF shattered its record for the most medals at a single World Championships to close out competition at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium.

By ELLIOTT DENMAN
LONDON - Now, maybe more so than ever, there's a lot to be said for the USA's national collegiate system.
 
A huge heap of events here at the 16th IAAF World Championships of Track and Field have been impacted by the guys and gals who've competed for - or continue to compete for - NCAA schools (of whatever division) or their cohorts out of the NAIA ranks.
 
For perfect example: Omar McLeod of Jamaica, the Worlds (and Olympic) men's 110-meter high hurdles champion? He's a University of Arkansas man.
 
Bagrbara Spotakova, the World's women's javelin champion? She honed her craft at Minnesota. Ekaterina Stefanidi, the World's women's pole vault titlist? She's a Stanford woman.
 
Plus - of course, of course, of course - the long, long, long list of Americans who've come up through the ranks of their own nation's collegiate system.
 
Driving home the point all over again was the men's 5000-meter final, a big-big feature event on the penultimate night of these Worlds.
By Dave Hunter (August 1s, 2017; London)
Even with the 66,000+ fans who packed London's Olympic Stadium setting new decibel records in exhorting on their beloved countryman, Muktar Edris was not to be denied as the Ethiopian did something no man has been able to do in 6 years: unleash a finishing kick strong enough to defeat the incomparable Mohammed Farah in a global championship track final. The capacity crowd - which came in droves to witness what Farah has repeatedly stated will be his final big track competition - roared during Farah's introduction and then settled back to watch what they hoped who be yet another global championship for the Brit they call Sir Mo.
 
Unlike the 10,000 meter championship race 8 days ago where the pace was spirited from the gun, the early tempo in the 5000 final was funereal. Farah and USA's Paul Chelimo - the gold and silver medalists from Rio - raced to the front at the opening gun. After a spritely circuit in 62 seconds, the Rio medalists dialed it way back with a second lap in 70, ultimately leading the bunched field of 14 through 1 kilometer in 2:48. With Edris, Kenya's Cyrus Rutto, and Great Britain's Andrew Butchart joining the leaders, the tempo actually slowed further. Continuing a dawdling pace that has historically favored Farah and his torrid finish, the entire field - packed more tightly than the Underground's Central Line at rush hour - trotted past 2 kilos in 5:48. Farah fans were not worried. They had seen this movie before.
 
Soon thereafter, Ethiopia's 17-year-old Selemon Barega moved past co-leaders Farah and Rutto to take the lead and up the pace. While the 3rd kilometer was faster - a 2:44 - it was punishing no one. Shortly after 3K, Australia's Patrick Tiernan spurted into the lead and quickly pushed out to a 7-8 meter advantage over the others. Hey, mind the gap! But they didn't. With the reigning NCAA cross country champion up front, the man who thwarted Edward Cheserek's bid for 4 consecutive XC titles still had a 10 meter lead when he split 4 kilos in 11:09.
 
With 2 laps remaining, surely the 3-time defending champion would soon impose his will upon the field. But it did not happen. Farah seemed content to let this championship race go right down to the very end. Approaching the bell, Yomif Kejelcha - yet another Ethiopian - nursed a slight lead as he was closely followed by Edris and then Farah. The medal contenders were in full flight on the backstretch. Coming around the final curve, Edris's top gear was too much for Kejelcha who started tying up as he drifted away from the curb. Farah seized the opportunity to pass Kejelcha on the inside with a move that seemed capable of lifting him to victory. But Edris was too far gone. Chelimo passed Kejelcha on the outside but couldn't catch the Brit. A jubilant Edris crossed first in 13:32.79 followed by Farah [13:33.22]. Chelimo [13:33.51] grabbed the bronze while the fading Kejelcha [13:33.51] finished out of the medals.
 
After the race, the Ethiopian victor displayed his pre-race confidence. "I was highly prepared for this race and I knew I was going to beat Mo Farah," said a resolute Edris. "After the 10,000 he was maybe tired so he did not have enough for the last kick. I was stronger," declared the new champion. "Mo has many victories but now I have one. I am the new champion for Ethiopia. That's why I did the Mobot," he said. "I have won the gold in front of his home crowd. I didn't have much support but we did it. I did the Mobot out of respect as well for him."
 
Paul Chelimo thought team tactics played a role. "I think the Ethiopians had a plan because I think Kejelcha was out there to push the pace early and try and dampen Mo Farah's kick. Edris was just waiting and waiting to see and sitting by in the last 200 meters," offered the American medalist. "In the last 50 meters I thought 'There is no way I'm coming out without a medal here.' I had to fight and dig deep to get the bronze. To go home with a medal is not bad. I'm happy with performance. It's my second championship and a medal. I'm taking over next year. 2019 - I am after that gold."
 
Following this his last championship track race, Mohammed Farah provided his account of the final. "Tactically, I was trying to cover every move. They had the game plan: one of them was going to sacrifice themselves. That's what they did tonight, and the better man won on the day. I gave it all, I didn't have a single bit left at the end," admitted one of the greatest championship racers of all time. Before departing, Farah offered some final thoughts on this the conclusion of his magnificent track career. "It's been amazing. It's been a long journey but it's been incredible. It doesn't quite sink in until you compete here and cross the line - I had a couple of minutes to myself - that this is it."
USATF (8/11/2017, London)—Team USATF made a splash by having its biggest distance-running medal haul in generations at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. But nothing, it seems, prepared the track world for the stunning 1-2 finish in the women’s steeplechase by Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs Friday night at the IAAF World Championships in London.
 
With the win, Coburn set a championship record and American record and became the first American since Hall of Famer Horace Ashenfelter in 1952 to win a steeplechase gold in a global championship. It also marks the first time in history Americans have gone 1-2 in an Olympic or World Championships steeplechase. Equally stunning was a more than 15-second personal best for Frerichs, whose time broke the previous championship and American records.
 
Combined with a 1-3 finish by Brittney Reese and Tianna Bartoletta in the women’s long jump, it was Team USATF’s women at center stage at Queen Elizabeth Park Olympic Stadium, earning four medals on the night to bring the American medal count to 23 after eight days of competition.
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