In Istanbul two years ago, the US team dominated the medals table with 10 golds and twice as many medals than any other nation. At this year’s IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, they will once again be the nation to beat.
The US Indoor Championships in Albuquerque got off to a great start on Friday (21) as Sharon Day-Monroe smashed the national pentathlon record.
The preview for the Heptathlon could have been a very different one just a week or so ago but the fact that the two biggest names, Great Britain’s London 2012 Olympic Games champion Jessica Ennis-Hill and Russia’s 2011 World champion Tatyana Chernova, have withdrawn from the competition through injury changes everything.
Decathlon World record-holder Ashton Eaton was under pressure for much of the two days of competition in Des Moines, but he eventually triumphed at the 2013 US Championships – part of the IAAF Combined Events Challenge – to book his spot on the team for this year’s World Championships.
Tyson Gay reaffirmed his status as USA’s sprint king in the 100m and English Gardner began her reign in the women’s 100m at the US Championships at Drake Stadium on Friday night (21 June).