Message From Rio 2016 - Day 10

Team USA's Clayton Murphy shown moments after winning the Olympic Bronze Medal in the Men's 800m with a time of 1:42.93.

Team USA collects more medals, records

RIO DE JANEIRO – The Olympic spirit is alive and well in Rio.

As I ride the bus each day and hear the languages of the world, I am reminded that sport is a universal language. There are many examples to cite where the power of sport has been utilized to resolve conflicts and create good will.

Closest to home, Team USA has been impressive on the track and in the field with outstanding results. American swimmers and gymnasts have motivated us to aim high.

Our coaches, medical and support staff have accepted the challenge.  Our athletes are motivated and excited to keep the spirit alive every day and in every event. 

Today’s results speak for themselves.

In the 800 meters, Clayton Murphy became the third-fastest American of all-time with his bronze medal performance of 1:42.93. It was the first Olympic medal in that event for an American male since 1992. The legendary Allyson Felix earned silver in the women’s 400 meters and Emma Coburn broke her own American record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:07.63) to become the first U.S. steepler to medal at the Olympics.

Elsewhere, Sam Kendricks won the bronze medal in the men’s pole vault, and Amber Campbell and DeAnna Price placed sixth and eighth, respectively, in the hammer throw.

In qualifying, it was a near clean sweep for Team USA as Christian Taylor and Will Claye advanced in the triple jump; Jenna Prandini, Deajah Stevens and Tori Bowie moved on to the 200m semis; Evan Jager, Donn Cabral and Hillary Bor reached the men’s 3,000m steeple final; Devon Allen, Jeff Porter and Ronnie Ash were all automatic qualifiers for the 110-meter hurdles semis; and the trio of Dalilah Muhammad, Ashley Spencer and 17-year-old Sydney McLaughlin reached the semis in the 400-meter hurdles. 

Vin Lananna
2016 Olympic Head Coach – Men’s Track and Field

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