Track & Field (450)
The final day in Sopot produced some very interesting stats and facts. Calvin Smith, part of the record setting American 4x400 team became the first son of a world record holder (Calvin Smith 9.93 100m in 1983) to become a world record holder. Both the men's and women's 3k had the slowest winning times at the IAAF World Championships since 2004. Chanelle Price became the first American woman to win a gold medal at 800 meters in any World Championship. The women's Pole Vault had for the first time ever no difference in height seperating the three medalists. Only twice before had a country swept the 4x400 gold medals at World Indoors. A quartet of American men ran 3:01.94 (Clement, Spearmon, Williamson, Wariner) in February 2006, which was faster than the World Record set in Sopot, but was not ratified due to lack of proper doping control at the meet.
The World Indoor Championships concluded earlier today and there was lots of great action from the Ergo Arena in Sopot. The American men set a new World Indoor Record in the 4x400 in 3:02.13 and the American women won by almost two seconds. Ashton Eaton extended his global championship win streak to four, dating back to World Indoors in 2012. He just missed his own World Heptathlon Record and turned in the second best performance ever to add a fourth global gold to his résumé. Perhaps the biggest surprises of the meet was Richard Kilty winning the 60 meter dash in a 6.49 PB and Nia Ali beating defending champ Sally Pearson in the 60 Hurdles. Bernard Lagat once again proved he is ageless with a silver medal in the men's 3000, just behind Caleb Ndiku. Galen Rupp was just out of the medals in fourth, finishing between the two Ethiopians Gebremeskel and Gebrhiwet. American Omo Osaghae edged out two French hurdlers in a tight 60 meter final with first, second and third places being separated by .01 seconds each. Another very close battle was the women's Triple Jump where Ekaterina Koneva beat Olga Saladuha by just 1 cm. The Polish home crowd was most excited by the gold medal performance of high jumper Kamila Licwinko and 800 stars Adam Kszczot and Angelika Cichoka taking silver in the 800. Chanelle Price became the first ever American to win women's 800 meter global gold in an impressive 2:00.09 WL. Valerie Adams and Abeba Aregawi both dominated their events and set the record for largest margin of victory ever at World Indoors for the shot put and 1500, respectively. Genzebe Dibaba capped off one of the greatest Indoor seasons ever with gold in the 3000. Mutaz Essa Barshim won the men's High Jump over Ivan Ukhov as both jumped 238. World Indoors has always been one of my favorite events to watch and in two years it will come to America.
The IAAF World Indoor Championships got underway today on the shores of the Baltic Sea in Sopot, Poland. The women's 800 had the most surprises of any event of the day, with medal favorites Ajee Wilson, Anita Hinriksdottir and Laura Muir not qualifying and Angelika Cichoka and Selina Buchel winning their heats. Mekonnen Gebremedhin, Lopez Lomong and Silas Kiplagat didn't make it out of their heats in the 1500 and Nick Symmonds not advancing in the 800. Ryan Whiting came up big and successfully defended his World Indoor title and New Zealander Tom Walsh had a huge personal best with his final throw to beat out home favorite Tomas Majewski for the bronze medal. In her first high-profile race in some time, Olympic medalist Gamze Bulut was way back in 4:24 in 1500 qualifying. Luguelin Santos and Kseniya Ryzhova both didn't qualify in the 400. There was lots of drama and world class racing on day one, day two should only get better.
SOPOT, Poland — Team USA, led by captains Bernard Lagat (Tucson, Ariz.) and Michelle Carter (Ovilla, Texas), is poised and ready for the 14th IAAF World Indoor Championships, March 7-9, at Ergo Arena in Sopot, Poland.
2014 U.S. women’s high jump champion Inika McPherson (Houston, Texas) will be the first athlete competing for Team USA in the qualifying round of the women’s high jump to open competition. The event begins at 10 a.m. CET/4 a.m. ET.
The first event on the track in the morning session is the heats of the women’s 400 meters. Both Francena McCorory (Hampton, Va.) and Joanna Atkins (Minneloa, Fla.) will look to advance out of their heats beginning at 10:05 a.m. CET/4:05 a.m. ET. McCorory took home the U.S. indoor title with a world-leading 50.85.
The World Indoor Championships start on Friday in the Baltic sea port of Sopot, Poland. Alfonz Juck gives us a rundown of what to expect in every event during the weekend. Personally I am most looking forward to watching the women's 800 and men's 1500, because of how many people in each of the fields are capable of winning. Ukhov and Eaton chasing World Records will also be very entertaining. This should be a fantastic meet, one of the best of the year.