Relay Dominance Helps Team USA Tie its Highest Medal Count
The medal-total record for any nation at the World U20 Championships is 22 (Soviet Union - 1988).
IAAF World U20 Championships background
Field events at the World U20 Championships are employing a new competition protocol in finals.
The U.S. U20 team was selected based on performances at the USATF Junior Championships from June 24-26 in Clovis, California.
Bydgoszcz hosted the World U20 Championships in 2008. The city is the first to host the World U20 Championships twice.
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On running the leadoff leg …
“We knew we wanted to get as big a lead as possible so why not have the 400m silver medalist pop it off and Samantha (Watson) close it in with her good 800m kick. And the other two ladies (Winters and Cockrell) to do the rest of the work for us.”
On how her leg went …
“I felt good. I felt controlled and relaxed. I knew I just needed to run as fast as I could to give my team a chance so I was trying to run fast.”
“I just told my teammates ‘you don’t have to give me a lead, just make sure you give me the stick at a good balance where I can catch the guy.’ That’s exactly what they did. I knew i had the strength to do it. I’ve done it several times this year so I used the same mentality I always had.”
“I got out of the blocks slow, but kept my composure. I’m going to have to go back and work on a few things, but I’m happy I placed. I wanted to PR, but I’m happy with how I finished.”
On her strategy in the final ...
“Going into that semifinals I don’t know that I had put myself in the best mindset. I was scared of running against all those women. It’s hard for me to tell myself ‘you belong here. You can run with these girls and you can be in that qualifying pack.’ Today whether the times showed or not I tried to go in there with my head thinking I can hang with these girls. I can be with that lead pack. That’s just what I tried to do because if you try and fail at least you can do anything to do it.”
On how the race worked out …
“We went out a little faster than I anticipated, but I think that helped me because I’ve always been stronger when it’s an even pace. I’ve probably had my best races, where I felt the best with 500 to go, where I felt we ran an honest, even pace and everything. Since the race was like that I think it definitely helped me.”
2016 IAAF WORLD U20 CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM USA AGATE
OVERALL MEDAL COUNT:
7. Brian Bell: 1:47.68
1. United States (Allison, Cogdell, Montgomery, London): 3:02.39
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