TOKYO – Allyson Felix went down in the history books as the woman with the most Olympic medals in track and field and the USATF team took silver in the women’s 4x100m relay and bronze in the men’s 5000m to bring the total number of medals at 23 after eight days of competition at the National Stadium.
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Women’s 4x100m relay final
Jeanne Olivier (Clermont, FL / USATF Florida) pushed hard from the blocks and had a great opening round but had to stretch the transfer zone with Teahna daniels (Austin, Texas / USATF Texas Southern). Daniels made up for the brief slowdown with a violent backstroke and Jenna prandini (Pflugerville, TX / USATF Central California) kept the United States contending around the final curve, passing Switzerland and pushing back Great Britain. Bronze medalist in the 200m at Tokyo 2020 Gabby thomas (Austin, Texas / USATF Texas Southern) was way behind leaders Jamaica, a quartet with the reigning 100m / 200m champion as well as two-time 100m gold medalist, and did very well to give the USATF team silver in 41.45, the sixth fastest time in Olympic history.
Women’s 400m final
Winning his 10th medal in Olympic competition, Allyson Felix (Los Angeles, Calif. / USATF Southern California) showed the determination that made her the most decorated American woman in athletics history and won bronze with a season record 49.46, the second fastest time of his career.
Running down lane nine with no one to disconnect, Felix continued in the medal hunt down the stretch and felt Briton Jodie Williams slip inside her as she exited the final corner. Digging deep in the last 50 yards, she edged out Jamaican Stephenie Ann McPherson to add another entry to the history books.
Since making her Games debut at the age of 18 in 2004, Felix has won five of the six individual event finals she has contested and won five gold medals in the 4x100m relay and the 4x400m relay. She is now alone at the top of the list of medalists in women’s Olympic track and field history and has won medals at five consecutive Games.
Quanera Hayes (Hope Mills, NC / USATF North Carolina) was seventh in 50.88.
Men’s 5000m Final
Using the sense of racing that helped him win silver in Rio and bronze at the 2017 World Championships, Paul ChÃ©limo (Colorado Springs, Colorado / USATF Colorado) won their second straight Olympic medal with a late build-up to take bronze in 12: 59.05.
Chelimo was third at the 1K mark clocking just over 2: 38.6, then came in second. A steady if not very fast pace over the next kilometer saw the field cross 2K in 5: 14.4, with Chelimo holding his position as the field was almost in single file. The tempo slowed down in the following circuits and Chelimo returned to the middle of the peloton just ahead Grant Fisher (Portland, Oregon / USATF Oregon) and Woody kincaid (Portland, Oregon / USATF Oregon) at 3K, in 7: 55.8.
Chelimo started to advance with three to go and reclaimed second place, and Fisher went with the lead group of 10 while Kincaid worked at the back of the field. Fighting for position on the last turn of the bell turn as he was cut to two points, Chelimo spent his last reserve of energy to beat Kenya’s Nicholas Kimeli for bronze in a best of the season. World record holder Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda won in 12: 58.15, while Fisher was ninth in a very respectable 13: 08.40, doubling after a fifth place in the 10,000m earlier in the week. Kincaid was 14th in a season best time of 13: 17.20.
Women’s 1500m Final
A fast early pace didn’t let anyone down and Elle Purrier Saint-Pierre (Brighton, Mass. / USATF New England) was sixth in the 400m, just ahead Cory McGee (Boulder, Colorado / USATF New England). Seventh with two laps to go, Purrier St. Pierre fell back in the next 200m and finished 11th with McGee 12th. After the bell, McGee was 11th ahead of Purrier St. Pierre, but the Trials champion had the best result and crossed the line in 10th in 4: 01.75 with McGee 12th in 4: 05.50. Kenyan Faith Kipyegon defended her title with an Olympic record of 3: 53.11 and the top eight women beat 4:00.
Women’s javelin final
Trial champion and American record holder Maggie Malone (Vestavia Hills, Alabama / USATF Gulf) set a record 59.82m / 196-3 and placed 10th, the best US ranking in this event at the Olympics since Donna Mayhew’s seventh place in Seoul in 1988 .
Women’s 20 km walking race
Left at the back of the pack for the first five kilometers in very difficult heat conditions, Robyn stevens (Vacaville, Calif. / USATF Pacific) progressed steadily through the pack over the next 5km to take 14 places as she passed the 10km in 47:56 in 39th. Stevens, the practice champion, passed four other competitors to complete the 15km in 1:17:53 and finished strong to place 33rd in 1:37:42.
4x400m Relay Men 1st round
Running the fastest preliminary time in Olympic history, the quartet of Trevor Stewart (Spotsylvania / USATF Virginia), Randolph Ross (Burlington, NC / USATF North Carolina), Bryce deadmon (Houston, Texas / USATF Gulf) and Vernon Norwood (Baton Rouge, Louisiana / USATF Southern) easily won the first run clocking 2: 57.77. Stewart ran an imposing start of 44.79 to give college teammate Ross the witness with a slight lead. Ross added a few yards to the margin with a carry of 44.56 and Deadmon showed his composure after having his heel cut off on the home stretch to divide 44.08. Norwood protected the header and brought it home with a 44.34 to seal an impressive victory. Only two other nations have ever raced faster in any round of the Games.
The final will be played Saturday at 8:50 a.m. ET / 9:50 p.m. in Tokyo.
Full session results are available on the World Athletics website. The next event kicks off Friday at 5 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. local with the women’s marathon.
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Number of USATF medals (23)
Women’s Discus Throw – Valarie Allman
800m Women – Athing Mu
Women’s 400m Hurdles – Sydney McLaughlin
Men’s Shot Put – Ryan Crouser
Women’s Pole Vault – Katie Nageotte
Women’s Shot Put – Raven Saunders
Men’s 100m – Fred Kerley
100m hurdles women – Keni Harrison
Women’s Long Jump – Brittney Reese
Men’s 400m hurdles – Rai Benjamin
Men’s Pole Vault – Chris Nilsen
400m hurdles women – Dalilah Muhammad
3,000m steeplechase women – Courtney Frerichs
200m men – Kenny Bednarek
Men’s 110m Hurdles – Grant Holloway
Men’s Shot Put – Joe Kovacs
Women 4x100m – Javianne Oliver, Teahna Daniels, Jenna Prandini, Gabby Thomas (Preliminary: Javianne Oliver, Teahna Daniels, English Gardner, Aleia Hobbs)
4x400m Mixed Relay – Trevor Stewart, Kendall Ellis, Kaylin Whitney, Vernon Norwood
800m Women – Raevyn Rogers
200m Women – Gabby Thomas
200m Men – Noah Lyles
5000m men – Paul Chelimo
400m Women – Allyson Felix
World Records (1)
400m hurdles women – Sydney McLaughlin (51.46)
American records (3)
Men’s 400m hurdles – Rai Benjamin (46.17)
800m Women – Athing Mu (1: 55.21)
400m hurdles women – Sydney McLaughlin (51.46)
Olympic Records (1)
Men’s Shot Put – Ryan Crouser (23.30m / 76-5.5)