Taylor Bennett (Spring, Texas - Baylor) made up a slight deficit on the second leg and Candace Hill (Conyers, Georgia) removed any doubt on the anchor to pace the U.S. to an easy win in the women’s 4x100m relay, their 43.69 more than three-tenths faster than silver medalists France. Hurdler Tia Jones (Marietta, Georgia) passed off to Bennett in second place behind Germany at the first exchange, and after Bennett’s carry Kaylor Harris (Mesquite, Texas) safely traversed the second bend to get the stick to 100m champion Hill, who was a step behind Germany and France at the handoff.
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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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Michael Norman - 4x100m relay
On running on the U.S. 4x100m relay …
“Adding on to the legacy is a humbling feeling. Coming out here and doing what we do best is exciting. This is why we come out here - because we love competition. Adding onto this legacy is an amazing feeling and something we’re honored to do. Coming out here and running for my team is a better feeling than running individually. It takes more than one person to have a team. To have a team as strong as we are come out here and perform like this is an unbelievable experience.”
“I just take one race at a time. I’m grateful to be able to run with these girls in the 4x1. I’m happy for what we accomplished.”
“This is great - adding a relay gold to all the accomplishments I’ve had. I’ve never been able to run on a fast relay like this. Being able to run with Team USA and a nice group of girls who also run fast times is incredible.”
“I guess it’s just all the training throughout the whole season accumulating into one meet. Practices have been going well lately. I’ve had several meets lately when I was around my PR and usually when that happens it indicates you’ve got a PR coming around the corner. This was a pretty good PR day.”
“Warm ups didn’t go quite the way I wanted. They stopped us several times for medal ceremonies - you know the national anthems are playing. So I only got about three jumps in. Two were from my short run, and one of them was from long and I didn’t have my step on … but I finally got grooved in. I found the right pole, got my step on then kept moving up poles and jumping higher and higher.”
On taking silver …
“I’m really happy. Honestly to run that time is amazing. I’m toward the end of a long freshman season (Michigan). To be able to finish the year with a personal best is amazing.”
On how the race went …
“I was a lot calmer than I thought I was going to be. I went out and tried to go out smooth - not to hard not too slow. I wanted to go out with Hyde because I know he likes to go out hard. I wanted to go out fast enough to be with him. I saw them going off the turn and I thought I had to get in position to medal. I was able to pull it off and get second place.”
Wil London III - 4x400m relay
On running the relay the morning after taking silver in the 400m …
“I was a little sore, but I can’t complain. I didn’t have my top speed, but I know what we can do tomorrow. The trainers and medical staff get me ready, and I’ll get a lot of rest. We won our heat so we will have a preferred lane tomorrow. And we will be pushed. It will be a good race. We will see what happens.”
2016 IAAF WORLD U20 CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM USA AGATE
OVERALL MEDAL COUNT:
MEN’S POLE VAULT
7. Christopher Nilsen: 5.35m/17-6.5
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