Garrett Scantling passes greats on U.S. decathlon list, leads world team

Garrett Scantling

Garrett Scantling moved to No. 3 on the U.S. all-time decathlon list, posting 8,867 points to win the USATF Combined Events Championships and lead the team for the world championships.

Scantling, who was fourth at the Tokyo Olympics, improved from eighth in American history by personal best to third behind Olympic gold medalists Ashton Eaton and Dan O’Brien. Scantling, who is now seventh on the all-time world list, passed Olympic or world champions Tom Pappas, Trey Hardee and Bryan Clay.

Scantling retired from track and field after missing the 2016 Olympics by one spot at trials. He had a brief stay with the Atlanta Falcons in a 2017 spring camp as a wide receiver before returning to Jacksonville, Florida, to work as a financial advisor. He returned to competition in 2020.

Scantling is joined on the team for July’s world championships in Eugene, Oregon, by University of Georgia junior Kyle Garland (8,720 points) and two-time Olympian Zach Ziemek (8,573), who like Scantling recorded personal bests by more than 100 points. Garland shattered his previous best by 524 points in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Friday and Saturday.


Anna Hall won the heptathlon with 6,458 points, a total that would have placed sixth at the Olympics. Last year, Hall crashed out of the Olympic Trials heptathlon in the opening 100m hurdles.

She’s joined on the world team by Olympic fifth-place finisher Kendell Williams, who earned a spot last year by topping the world season standings.

Third and fourth U.S. women’s spots are to-be-determined based on world rankings and/or athletes who get the world championships qualifying standard by June 26. Hall was the only woman to hit the standard in Fayetteville, though 10th-place finisher Erica Bougard also has it from a previous result.

In other track and field meets Saturday, two-time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica clocked the fastest women’s 100m this early in a year ever — 10.67 seconds — to win at the Kip Keino Classic at altitude in Nairobi, Kenya.

The race’s other headliner, Olympic 200m silver medalist Christine Mboma of Namibia, pulled up midway through, tripped and fell to the track and was carried off on a stretcher.

Olympic gold medalist Marcell Jacobs of Italy withdrew before the men’s 100m due to stomach problems. Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala won in 9.85, the fastest time in the world this year, edging Olympic 100m silver medalist Fred Kerley by .07.

In an American Track League meet, Allyson Felix finished fourth in a 400m in 52.23 seconds in her first time racing the event this year.

Felix, in her farewell season, has not said publicly whether she will compete in the USATF Outdoor Championships next month, where it’s likely that the top eight in the 400m make the world team (top three individually, plus relay spots). Last year, the eighth-place finisher at Olympic Trials ran 50.84.

Emily Sisson, who finished 10th in the Olympic 10,000m, broke Sara Hall‘s American record in the half marathon by winning the national title in 67:11.

The track and field season continues Sunday with a Continental Tour meet at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium, featuring world 100m champion Christian Coleman and Olympic 400m hurdles silver medalist Rai Benjamin.

The top-level Diamond League season begins Friday in Doha.

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Coco Gauff into French Open quarterfinals, where Iga Swiatek may await

Coco Gauff French Open

Coco Gauff swept into the French Open quarterfinals, where she could play Iga Swiatek in a rematch of last year’s final.

Gauff, the sixth seed, beat 100th-ranked Slovakian Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 7-5, 6-2 in the fourth round. She next plays Swiatek or 66th-ranked Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko, who meet later Monday.

Gauff earned a 37th consecutive win over a player ranked outside the top 50, dating to February 2022. She hasn’t faced a player in the world top 60 in four matches at Roland Garros, but the degree of difficulty is likely to ratchet up in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.

Swiatek won all 12 sets she’s played against Gauff, who at 19 is the only teenager in the top 49 in the world.

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Also Monday, No. 7 seed Ons Jabeur of Tunisia dispatched 36th-ranked American Bernarda Pera 6-3, 6-1, breaking all eight of Pera’s service games.

Jabeur, runner-up at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year, has now reached the quarterfinals of all four majors.

Jabeur next faces 14th-seeded Beatriz Haddad Maia, who won 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-5 over Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo, who played on a protected ranking of 68. Haddad Maia became the second Brazilian woman to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal in the Open Era (since 1968) after Maria Bueno, who won seven majors from 1959-1966.

Pera, a 28 year-old born in Croatia, was the oldest U.S. singles player to make the fourth round of a major for the first time since Jill Craybas at 2005 Wimbledon. Her defeat left Gauff as the lone American singles player remaining out of the 35 entered in the main draws.

The last American to win a major singles title was Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought matches the longest in history (since 1877) for American men and women combined.

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U.S. earns first three-peat in Para hockey world championship history

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The U.S. trounced rival Canada 6-1 to become the first nation to three-peat in world Para hockey championship history.

Tournament MVP Declan Farmer scored twice, and Josh Misiewicz, David Eustace, Jack Wallace and Kevin McKee added goals. Jen Lee made eight saves in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, on Sunday.

Farmer, who had nine goals in five games for the tournament, also scored twice in Paralympic final wins over Canada in 2018 and 2022 and the last world championship final against Canada in 2021. Farmer, 25, already owns the career national team record of more than 250 points.

The U.S. beat Canada in a third consecutive world final dating to 2019, but this was the most lopsided gold-medal game in championship history. The U.S. also won the last four Paralympic titles dating to 2010.

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