Track and Field

Carter’s American record leads 8-medal night for Team USA

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PORTLAND, Oregon -- With five medals coming in the span of five minutes, Team USA won a total of eight medals Saturday night at the IAAF World Indoor Championships, including an American record by Michelle Carter. With one day of competition remaining at the Oregon Convention Center, Team USA has 15 medals, including eight gold in 17 events contested thus far. Germany, Ukraine and Great Britain each have three medals, with nine other countries each having one gold. Team USA leads the placing table with 159 points; Great Britain is second with 29.

Carter crushes SP field with American record

The women’s shot put featured a see-saw battle between the most dominant championship thrower in the world and America’s best. And each time, Michelle Carter responded to become the first American woman ever to win gold in the event, and to become the world’s best.

11 Americans advance out of the heats while Eaton leads on day two of Portland 2016

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PORTLAND, Oregon -- Homestate hero Ashton Eaton (Bend, Oregon) began his two-time title defense Friday, leading the men’s heptathlon through two events with 2,032 points, just 28 points off of his world record pace.

Eaton led the competition in each of the first two events of the day, turning in top performances in the 60 meters (6.81 - 951 points) and long jump (8.08m/26-6.25 - 1,081 points). Teammate Curtis Beach (Albuquerque, New Mexico) sits in third overall with 1,840 points, courtesy of a season’s best 7.65m/25-1.25 (972 points) in the long jump.

men’s pole vault final – IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016

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For all his dominance, it had been almost four years since France’s Renaud Lavillenie last won a global championship title, but the world record holder re-asserted his superiority in supreme fashion on the first day of the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016, setting a championship record of 6.02m to take gold. 

American Sam Kendricks took the silver medal with a best of 5.80m, while Poland’s Piotr Lisek took third with 5.75m.

Lavillenie made his confidence known long before he took to the runway at a packed Oregon Convention Center on Thursday night, sitting out several early rounds – during which he paced the arena for the best part of two hours – and entering the competition at 5.75m.

Suhr breaks championship record, Americans take home medals as pole vault takes center stage at Portland 2016

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PORTLAND, Oregon -- In the greatest women’s pole vault competition in track & field history, it was a picture-perfect Jenn Suhrwho added World Indoor gold to her Olympic title with a perfect card through 4.90m/16-0.75.

Suhr (Fredonia, New York) took only four vaults in the competition as Team USA swept the pole vault for the first time at World Indoors since Russia did it in 2003. Sandi Morriswon silver with a 4.85, equaling the best-ever height for place.

Portland Welcomes IAAF World Indoor Championships Return to the U.S.

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USATF presents weekly features, contributed by Tom Surber, highlighting elite athletes, coaches, officials and events that have made an impact on the sport.This week Surber reflects back to the inaugural IAAF World Indoor Championships.

With the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships beginning Thursday in Portland, Oregon, it’s almost as if the event is being held in USA Track & Field’s own backyard. As impressive and as comforting as that may be for Team USA athletes competing there, USATF brought the event even closer to its front door in 1987 when the inaugural World Indoor Championships were staged in USATF’s very own house.