Eugene, Ore ( Associated Press) — Brooke Anderson and Jenny Kasnavoid extended the United States’ dominance in track and field at the world championships, capturing gold and bronze, respectively, in the women’s hammer throw on Sunday for the first time ever.
The day before, the United States outclassed the metals in the men’s 100 meters.
Anderson, 26, from California, stepped to the top of the podium at Hayward Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. He had positioned himself as the leader after the first throw, but was losing position until a mammoth execution of 78.96m in his seventh attempt.
“My first pitch was good. After that I got a little frustrated,” she said. “I realized maybe I was trying too hard, so I said, ‘Let’s have some fun,’ and I think it worked on pitch seven.”
It seems that it is. This allowed him to surpass Canada’s Camry Rogers by more than 3.3m, who was leading the competition and settled for silver.
Kasnavoid won the bronze medal to give American pitchers three medals in the first three days of the world.
Minutes before the sprinters ran the 100 meters, Chase Alley became the first American to win a World Cup title in the shot put.
The medalists in the 100 meters were Fred Kerley, Marvin Bracey and Trayvon Bromell.
For the second time in a row, an American is the queen of the hammer throw at the World Cup. DeAnna Price got this in Qatar 2019.
After two and a half days of action, the United States top the medal table with three golds and a total of seven.
Other medals were distributed in the afternoon session on Sunday. Ethiopian Tamirat Tola won the marathon, breaking away from the leading pack near the end and stopping the clock at 2 hours, 5 minutes, 36 seconds – a 1:08 margin over his compatriot Mosinet Geremeu.
In the 10,000 metres, Ugandan world record holder Joshua Cheptegi defended his title with a time of 27:27.43. Kenyan Stanley Mburu won the silver medal after tripping and falling on the first lap.
Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo won the bronze medal.
Four more titles are in contention during the night session. The women fought for medals in the pole vault and 100 metres, and the men in the 110 hurdles and shotput.
Jamaican Ellen Thompson-Hera, a two-time Olympic champion, looked like a favorite in the 100 meters, with many sniffing the prospect of breaking the 34-year-old record of 10.49 seconds set by Florence Griffith-Joyner.
The last time Thompson-Hera rode the final at Hayward was at the Prefontaine Classic, two weeks after the Tokyo Olympics. She then clocked 10.54 and joined Flo Jo as the only woman to break the 10.6 barrier.
Associated Press journalist Luis Ruiz contributed to this report.