USATF: Team USA wins 25 medals; Superlatives from the World Championships

A fantastic performance by the US team in Moscow! What a great group of veterans and young athletes in Moscow. We were quite impressed with the performances, but also how the American athletes comport themselves in World Championships. The women's 800 meters today was a case in point. Brenda Martinez takes the first medal by an America women in the 800 meters since the late Kim Gallagher won a medal in 1988. With Alysia Montano in fourth and Ajee Wilson in sixth, three U.S. women had made the final, something never done before. 

Congrats to the staff of the U.S. team and the athletes who did the U.S. proud. 

Brenda Martinez, 
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Team USA wins 25 medals; Superlatives from the World Championships

MOSCOW -- Team USA finished with 25 medals - six gold, 13 silver and six bronze - tying their second-best medal tally at the World Outdoor Championships. Team USA again dominated the scoring table, finishing with 281 points to Russia's 182 and Kenya's 139.  The 99-point margin of victory was the largest ever for Team USA.

Team USA Medals (25)
Gold (6)
Brianna Rollins (Miami, Fla.) 100mH, 12.44, 8/17
Men's 4x400m (David Verburg, Tony McQuay, Arman Hall, LaShawn Merritt), 2:58.71, 8/16
LaShawn Merritt (Norfolk, Va.) 400m, 43.74, 8/13
David Oliver (Clermont, Fla.) 110mH, 13.00, 8/12
Brittney Reese (Chula Vista, Calif.) LJ, 7.01m/23-0
Ashton Eaton (Eugene, Ore.) Decathlon, 8,809 pts.

Silver (13)
Men's 4x100m (Charles Silmon, Mike Rodgers, Mookie Salaam, Justin Gatlin) 37.66, 8/18
Matthew Centrowitz (Portland, Ore.) 1500m, 3:36.78, 8/18
Women's 4x400m (Jessica Beard, Natasha Hastings, Ashley Spencer, Francena McCorory) 3:20.42, 8/17
Brigetta Barrett (Tucson, Ariz.) HJ, 2.00m/6-6.75, 8/17
Ryan Whiting (Port Matilda, Pa.) SP, 21.57m/70-9.25, 8/16
Dalilah Muhammad (Bayside, N.Y.) 400mH, 54.09, 8/15
Michael Tinsley (Round Rock, Texas) 400mH, 47.70, 8/15
Jenny Simpson (Boulder, Colo.) 1500m, 4:02.99, 8/15
Nick Symmonds (Springfield, Ore.) 800m, 1:43.55, 8/13
Jenn Suhr (Churchill, N.Y.) PV, 4.82m/15-9.75, 8/13
Tony McQuay (Gainesville, Fla.) 400m, 44.40, 8/13
Ryan Wilson (Los Angeles, Calif.) 110mH, 13.13, 8/12
Justin Gatlin (Clermont, Fla.) 100m, 9.85, 8/11

Bronze (6)
USA Women's 4x100m (Jeneba Tarmoh, Alexandria Anderson, English Gardner, Octavious Freeman) 42.75, 8/18
Will Claye (Gainesville, Fla.) TJ, 17.52m/57-5.75, 8/18
Brenda Martinez (Big Bear, Calif.) 800m, 1:57.91, 8/18
Curtis Mitchell (Daytona Beach, Fla.) 200m, 20.04, 8/17
Lashinda Demus  (Los Angeles, Calif.) 400mH, 54.27, 8/15
Carmelita Jeter (Los Angeles, Calif.) 100m, 10.94, 8/12

Team USA Superlatives
First ever world championship medal won in the 800m (bronze)
Highest-ever U.S. placings in a world championship in the 5,000m (6th), tied in the discus (5th)
Best ever U.S. mark in discus, hammer throw and 20 km race walk, and tied in high jump
Depth in middle distance events - first time ever to have three women in final of 800m and 5,000m
Brittney Reese - first woman to win three world outdoor golds in the long jump
Brianna Rollins - youngest ever gold medalist in the 100mH, 21-years-old
Mary Cain -  youngest woman to ever run in the 1500m final, 17-years-old
Ajee Wilson - set an American Junior 800m record (1:58.21)

Highest ever U.S. placing in a world championship in the 800m (2nd), 10,000m (4th)
Best ever U.S. time in steeplechase and 800m
Arman Hall - youngest man to win a 4x400 gold, 19-years-old

With 25 medals, tied the second best number of world championship medals for Team USA (25 in 2011, 26 in 1991 and 2007)
Strength of middle distance runners - Team USA won a medal in both the men's and women's 800m and 1500m
Highest point total ever for any U.S. team at the world championships with 281, and the greatest margin of victory in the history of the world championships at 99

Katie Branham
USA Track & Field
Marketing &Communications Manager

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