The ‘Golden Girls’ of the IAAF World Indoor Championships

The ‘Golden Girls’ of the IAAF World Indoor Championships

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Team USA had a strong showing on their home soil in at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships (WIC), Portland.  With a world-leading 23 overall medals (a new record for any country at a single World Indoors, breaking their own 1999 record of 19 medals), the U.S  took home 13 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze medals.  Of the 13 overall gold medals, 7 were earned by the ladies of Team USA.  Here’s a rundown.


Jenn Suhr started the gold medal rush with a gold in the Pole Vault event.  The reigning Olympic Champion added a World Indoor title to her resume with a WIC record 4.90m jump.

Michelle Carter set an American indoor record in the Women’s Shot Put with her mark od 20.21m/66-3.75.  In the process, Carter became the first U.S. Woman to win the shot put at the World Indoors and she now owns the Indoor and outdoor national records.

Brittney Reese won her third straight World Indoor long jump title, raising her total global championship gold count to nine. Reese won on her final jump, a world leading 7.22m.

Rising star Vashti Cunningham, at 18 years and 62 days old, became the youngest woman to win the high jump at WIC and is the youngest American ever to medal at World Indoors.

Nia Ali became only the second woman to win successive World Indoor Championship 60m hurdles titles (Lolo Jones 2008, 2010).

Barbara Pierre defeated World Outdoor 100m Champion Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands in the 60m dash with the U.S. champion winning in 7.02 and Schippers second in 7.04.

And finally, the ladies of the 4×4 won gold with a huge performance from Olympic relay gold medalist Natasha Hastings, 400m World bronze medalist Quanera Hayes, world leader Courtney Okolo and World silver medalist Ashley Spencer.





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