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Top 10 American Performance at World Indoors

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RunnerSpace.com/Pro   on Mar 9 2014, 06:38 PM

Team USA Brings Home the Gold

By Scott Bush

Team USA got off to an up and down start at the IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend in Sopot, Poland, but by the time it was all said and done, Team USA showed why it’s the world’s best track and field team once again.

Here are ten of the top U.S. performances of the weekend:

4x400m Relay – For all of the difficulties the U.S. squad has had over the years in the relays, both the men’s and women’s teams came up huge this time around. The men, in resounding fashion, set a new indoor world record, taking home gold in 3:02.13, breaking the world record of 3:02.83 set by the U.S. back in 1999. On the women’s side, Team USA bested fierce rival Jamaica, as the squad ran to a 3:24.83 victory, nearly two seconds up on Jamaica’s 3:26.54 winning mark.

Chanelle Price – For all the hype fellow 800m runner Ajee’ Wilson got heading into Worlds, it was former teen phenom Price bringing home the gold. Price not only won, she did it leading from the gun and became the first American woman to win World Championship gold in the event (indoors and outdoors) ever. It’s so hard for an athlete to lead from start to finish, but that’s exactly what Price did.

Francena McCorory – No athlete won double gold in Poland…that is besides McCorory. The U.S. indoor 400m record holder won gold in the individual 400m event, besting Kaliese Spencer 51.12-51.54. She then came back on the final day to help the U.S. women win the 4x4 and showing that she’s ready for a monster outdoor season.

Ashton Eaton – The world record holder in the heptathlon was on pace to break his record heading into the final event Saturday, but in the end came up 14 points short and 1.18 second slow over the final 1,000m event. However, Eaton easily proved once again that he’s the best multi-event athlete in the world as he now turns his focus to the 400m hurdle event during the outdoor season.

Ryan Whiting – Team USA found it’s winning momentum on Friday, as the reigning indoor world champion repeated victory in his shot put event. Whiting won world indoor gold in 2012, only to come back this time around and edge rival David Storl (Germany) by throwing the two longest throws of the evening. Whiting won with a toss of 22.05m.

Nia Ali – The 100m hurdle specialist capped off her special indoor season with a big-time victory in the 60m hurdle event. Ali finished fifth at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships last summer and faced a very tough field this weekend in Poland. Her start time and quick acceleration over the middle hurdles allowed her to edge pre-race favorite Sally Pearson (Australia) 7.80-7.85. The U.S. women’s hurdle team continues to impress on the global stage.

Omo Osaghae – Much like Nia Ali, Osaghae finished a mere sixth at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships last summer, but the 25 year old form Texas Tech hurdler came up big in Poland, winning the 60m hurdle event and bringing home another gold for the U.S.

Marvin Bracy – The 20 year old showed once again why he’s the present and future of American sprinting. Competing in his first world championship as a professional, Bracy dashed to a silver medal in the men’s 60m, edged ever so slightly by Richard Kilty (Great Britain), 6.49-6.51.

Bernard Lagat – Unbelievably, the 39 year old Lagat earned another world championship medal, kicking hard and racing to near perfection, while earning silver in the men’s 3,000m event. Lagat narrowly lost to winner Caleb Ndiku (Kenya), 7:54.94-7:55.22, while fellow American Galen Rupp just missed the medal stand in fourth place.

Erik Kynard – You might be wondering why Kynard is on this list considering he missed the medal stand and finished fourth in the men’s high jump. Well, he finished fourth in the strongest field event and arguably the most talented event in all of track and field. Kynard finished with an Olympic silver medal at the London Olympics, but after finishing fifth at Worlds last summer and now fourth, he has to be chomping at the bit to get back on the medal stand.

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