World champion Brianna Rollins was upset in the 100m hurdles at the Drake Relays, losing by .005 of a second to American Kristi Castlin among closely contested high-profile events Saturday.
Castlin, who has never made an outdoor World Championships or Olympic team, and Rollins ran matching 12.58-second races. Castlin got the win with times extended to thousandths of a second — 12.571 to 12.576 — with the fastest time in the world this year. It marked Rollins’ first loss in almost two years.
A U.S. team that included Olympic champion Aries Merritt won the shuttle hurdles relay in 53.77, just .06 ahead of a Jamaican team with Olympic bronze medalist Hansle Parchment.
2008 Olympian Tiffany Ross Williams won the 400m hurdles in 55.53 over Jamaican Nickiesha Wilson (55.68) and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Lashinda Demus (55.97).
In the field events, French Olympic champion and world record holder Renaud Lavillenie took the pole vault.
Three-time Olympian Chaunte Lowe won the women’s high jump with a clearance of 1.96m, while Olympic silver medalist Brigetta Barrett settled for fourth.
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JEONGSEON, South Korea — The United States has a fixation at the Olympics on winning gold. Lindsey Vonn showed Wednesday how to win bronze.
“I skied a great race today,” Vonn also said. “Sofia [Goggia] just skied better than I did.”
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She also said she hoped she had made her grandfather proud. Dabbing away tears, she said: “It’s sad. This is my last [Olympic] downhill. I wish I could keep going, you know? I had so much fun. I love what I do. My body just can’t — probably can’t — take another four years. But — I don’t know, I’m proud. I’m proud to have competed for my country. Proud to have given it my all. I’m proud to have … come away with a medal.”
Pilot Mariama Jamanka and Lisa Buckwitz won Germany’s latest gold in a sliding sport in PyeongChang, defeating Team USA’s Elana Meyers Taylor sled by 0.07 seconds. Meyers Taylor, along with brakeman Lauren Gibbs, matched the silver she won in Sochi.
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Jamanka led after two runs, and delivered in Run 3, setting a track record with a phenomenal run down the course. She hit the lines perfectly to put the pressure on Meyers Taylor — and Meyers Taylor, who has dealt with an achilles injury in PyeongChang, delivered with a course record of her own. She was 0.07 seconds back after two runs, but closed the gap to 0.04 heading into the final run.
The stage was set for a thrilling final leg. It, too, did not disappoint. Elana Meyers had her best run of the Games, but Jamanka matched it, to give Germany yet another win on the PyeongChang sliding course.
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Gold: Mariama Jamanka and Lisa Buckwitz (GER) – 3:22.45
Silver: Elana Meyers-Taylor and Lauren Gibbs (USA) – 3:22.52
Bronze: Kaillee Humphries and Phylicia George (CAN) – 3:22.89
4. Annika Drazek and Stephanie Schneider (GER) – 3:22.97
5. Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans (USA) – 3:23.02