Message From Rio 2016 - Day 9

The 2016 U.S. Olympic men's and women's track and field team poses in front of the Olympic rings in Rio de Janeiro.

Team USA makes history in women’s marathon

RIO DE JANEIRO – Team USA made history, set records and kept advancing on Sunday.

For the first time in Olympic history, three Americans finished in the top 10 of the women’s marathon. In hot conditions, Shalane Flanagan, Desi Linden and Amy Cragg dug deep and inspired many with their outstanding performances.

Then it was back over to the filled-to-capacity track stadium for the evening session. Team USA’s 400-meter women dominated the semis as Allyson Felix, Phyllis Francis and Natasha Hastings advanced to the final with three of the top-five qualifying times. In the men’s high jump, Erik Kynard advanced to the final.

Keturah Orji broke her own American record in the women’s triple jump with an enormous leap of 48 feet, four inches (14.73m) on her first attempt. The feat earned her fourth place in a very strong field. 

There were more records to be broken on this historic night. To the delight of the crowd, Wayde Van Niekerk broke Michael Johnson’s 400m world record with a winning time of 43.03 seconds. LaShawn Merritt won bronze (43.85) and Kirani James silver (43.76) as all three medalists dipped under 44 seconds!  

For the grand finale – the men’s 100-meter final – the energy in the crowd was palpable. As the nine  men lined up in the starting blocks, everybody in the stands rose to their feet. The victory went to Usain Bolt, with Team USA’s Justin Gatlin close behind in second, earning the silver medal. Tomorrow brings five more finals, and we are ready for them!

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

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