TRIPLE JUMP SWEEP AND GOLDS FOR AMERICAS AT ATHLETICS WORLD CHAMPS
Lima 2019 Champion and #TeamPanamSports Ambassador Yulimar Rojas is now the World Champion once more as she tops the Women’s Triple Jump podium featuring three athletes from the Americas. But the Triple Jump was not the only event to feature an All-Americas podium.
The American continent showed its strength in Athletics once more at the IAAF World Championships that just concluded in Doha, Qatar.
The 17th edition of the event featured athletes from all 41 nations of the Panam Sports family competing for the title of World Champion. In total, 456 athletes from the American continent competed in the World Championship.
After the conclusion of the event on October 6, the Americas are home to 21 new World Champions from six different nations: the United States (14), Jamaica (3), Cuba (1), Bahamas (1), Grenada (1) and Venezuela (1).
The Americas combined for a total of 56 medals, with an incredible even split of 28 on the men’s side and 28 on the women’s side, showing the strength of both genders in the sport.
The United States led all nations at the World Championships with 14 golds, 11 silvers and four bronze, once more exhibiting their dominance in sprinting and field events.
On the men’s side, Christian Coleman and Justin Gatlin of the U.S. had an exciting one-two finish in the 100 Meter, with Coleman running a world-leading 9.76 seconds. Canada’s Andre De Grasse finished in third for the bronze and sweep of the event by North America.
Team USA’s Noah Lyles followed with the gold in the 200 Meter, while De Grasse of Canada pulled an impressive double podium finish with a silver in the event. Ecuador’s Alex Quiñonez finished third for the bronze and another sweep by the Americas.
The final sprint event featured yet another 1-2-3 finish by Americas’ athletes, as Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas wins the 400 Meter with a national record of 43.48 seconds, followed by Colombia’s Anthony Zambrano (Lima 2019 Champion) for silver and Fred Kerley of the U.S. for bronze. Donavan Brazier of Team USA also took home the gold medal in the 800 Meter.
The final sweep for the Americas on the men’s side came in the Long Jump event with three Pan Am Games veterans competing in a rematch of Lima 2019. After winning silver at Lima 2019, Tajay Gayle of Jamaica set a world-leading jump of 8.69 meters for the World Championship gold, while Jeff Henderson (Toronto 2015 Champion) of the U.S. won silver and Juan Echeverria (Lima 2019 Champion) of Cuba won bronze.
Team USA dominated both the hurdles and relay events on both the men’s and women’s sides, taking three golds in hurdles and four in relays. In the men’s 110m Hurdles, Grant Holloway won the gold, while teammate Rai Benjamin won the silver in the 400m Hurdles.
Team USA claimed two golds and two silvers on the women’s side, with Nia Ali and Kendra Harrison winning gold in silver in the 100m Hurdles and Dalilah Muhammad and Sydney McLaughlin winning gold and silver in the 400m Hurdles. Muhammad’s incredible time of 52.16 set a new World Record. Jamaica’s Danielle Williams and Rushell Clayton completed the sweep for the Americas with bronzes in the 100m and 400m Hurdles, respectively.
In the relays, the U.S. men claimed golds in both the 4x100m and 4x400m with Jamaica winning the silver in the 4x400m. Jamaica claimed the 4x100m gold on the women’s side with Team USA claiming bronze, while it was the opposite in the 4x400m with Team USA winning gold and Jamaica the bronze. The U.S. also won gold in the Mixed 4x400m Relay with Jamaica claiming the silver.
More Team USA success in the field events, with golds in the Pole Vault by Sam Kendricks, Triple Jump by Christian Taylor with Will Claye also claiming silver and one of the closest and most exciting Shot Put contests in history with Joe Kovacs beating teammate Ryan Crouser by .01 meters to top the podium.
Lima 2019 Champion and Pan Am Games Record holder Anderson Peters of Grenada continued his impressive year by becoming the new World Champion in the Javelin Throw. Two-time Pan American Discus Throw Champion Fedrick Dacres of Jamaica also claimed a silver at the World Championships. Lima 2019 Decathlon Champion Damien Warner of Canada also continued his success with a bronze medal in Doha.
Success was also seen throughout the women’s competitions, with Lima 2019 and Rio 2016 Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce dominating the field in the 100 Meter to win the gold medal in a time of 10.71 seconds. With the gold medal, Fraser-Pryce became the first mother in history to become a World Champion in the 100m, and joins Alyson Felix of the United States as a fellow World Champion and mother.
America’s athletes earned silvers in the remaining sprint events, as Brittany Brown and Raevyn Rogers of Team USA won silver in the 200m and 800m, respectively. Sprinting star from the Bahamas, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, claimed silver in the 400m while Lima 2019 Champion Shericka Jackson of Jamaica claimed the bronze.
In the field events, #TeamPanamSports Ambassador and Lima 2019 Champion Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela dominated the competition. Her best Triple Jump of 15.37m sent her to the top of the podium for her second outdoor World Championship title. She has now won golds in each of the last two indoor and outdoor World Championships, remaining undefeated at the top Athletics event since 2016.
The Triple Jump featured another podium with three athletes of the Americas, as Lima 2019 silver medalist Shanieka Ricketts of Jamaica won silver once more and Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia claimed the bronze.
Cuba found success in the women’s Discus Throw, winning both the gold and silver medals on the strength of Lima 2019 Champion Yaime Perez and Denia Caballero, respectively. DeAnna Price of the U.S. claimed the final gold on the women’s side with an impressive 77.54m in the Hammer Throw.
Silver medals also went to Sandi Morris of Team USA in the Women’s Pole Vault and Lima 2019 Shot Put Champion Danniel Thomas-Dodd of Jamaica, while Vashti Cunningham of Team USA won bronze in the Women’s High Jump.
The American continent demonstrated time and time again that it is the true world power in the sport of Athletics, claiming 56 total medals against the best athletes in the world. The total surpassed all other continental medal counts at the World Championships by at least 10.
Panam Sports congratulates all of the incredible athletes who competed at the World Championships on their excellent performances. We can’t wait to watch you represent the continent once more at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.