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That Moment…Highlights from the IAAF World Championships #London2017

That Moment…Highlights from the IAAF World Championships #London2017

LONDON — Team USATF’s performance at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London was one for the record books, from a record number of medals to all-time best performances.

  • Team USATF set a team record for most medals at the World Championships, with 30 medals easily surpassing its total of 28 medals in 2011.

Of the 30 medals, 10 were gold, 11 were silver and 9 were bronze.  The Women of Team USA brought home 17 of those medals.

  • Allyson Felix became the most decorated athlete in IAAF World Championships history, winning her 14th, 15th and 16th medals. She tied Usain Bolt for most golds with 11.
  • Brittney Reese became the first woman to win four World LJ golds and is only the second woman to win four golds in a single WC event (Valerie Adams, women’s shot put.
  • Two American records were set: Emma Coburn in the women’s steeplechase (9:02.58) and Katie Burnett in the women’s 50K race walk (4:21:51)
  • One championship record was set: Emma Coburn in women’s steeplechase.
  • Emma Coburn is the first U.S. woman ever to win the steeple at a global championship, and the first American of either gender since Horace Ashenfelter’s 1952 Olympic gold
  • First time that the U.S. has gone 1-2 in global steeplechase competition (World Championships or Olympics, men or women)
  • Team USA Women set a World Championships record for largest margin of victory in a 4×400 relay, at 5.98 seconds (Quanera Hayes, Allyson Felix, Shakima Wimbley & Phyllis Francis).
  • Phyllis Francis won her first Global gold medal in the 400m beating Olympic Gold & Silver medalists Shaunae Miller-Uibo and teammate Allyson Felix, with a PB of 49.92.
  • Amy Cragg (bronze) is the first U.S. women’s marathon medalist since 1983, and she ran the fastest time ever by an American woman at the World Championships
  • Ajee’ Wilson’s 1:56.65 is the fastest ever 800m by an American woman at Worlds
  • First 1-2 finish in the women’s 400mH since 1995 (Kori Carter & Dalilah Muhammad)
  • Maria Michta-Coffey walked the fastest U.S. women’s 20K in WC history in 1:32:14
  • Shannon Rowbury’s 14:57.55 in the heats is the fastest ever 5,000m by an American woman at Worlds

 

 

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