USA Outdoor Athletics Championships: Ten Events to Watch

Ten events to watch at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships starting Thursday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. The top three in most events are in line to team up for the world championships in July, also in Eugene. Events featuring reigning World Champions or reigning Diamond League Season Champions who have joined the worlds earn four individual squad places. Statistics via World Athletics and Tilastopaja.org…

Men’s shot put (Final Friday 9:42 pm ET)
Tokyo Olympics: Ryan Crouser (gold), Joe Kovacs (silver), Payton Otterdahl (10 °)
USA rankings 2022: Crouser (23.02), Kovacs (22.49), Darrell Hill (21.84)

Crouser is on world record guard after beating him at Hayward at the Olympic trials last year, then repeating himself as a gold medalist with an Olympic record shot. Kovacs, second in the world this season, hails the team as reigning world champion. Rio Olympic Darrell Hill And Josh Awotunde And Adriano Piperi they are also ranked in the top 10 in the world this year, but no more than two of them can be on this team, assuming Crouser qualifies.

Women’s 100 meters (Final Friday 10:21 PM ET)
Tokyo Olympics: Teahna Daniels
(seventh), Giavianna Oliver (semi-finals), Jenna Prandini (semifinals)
USA rankings 2022: Aleia Hobbs (10.83), Sha’Carri Richardson (10.85), Cambrea Sturgis (10.87)

Richardson won the Olympic trials, then was disqualified for testing positive for marijuana, excluding her from Tokyo. She was the third fastest woman in the world in 2021. Hobbs beat her colleague, former LSU star Richardson, on June 12, lowering her personal best for the first time in five years. They are followed in the 2022 rankings by the fastest NCAA sprinters of the past two years – Sturgis, Melissa Jefferson And Twanisha Terry. Brittany Brown, the 2019 200m world silver medalist, ran 10.66 on April 23, but it was too windy to be considered legal weather. Daniels is the only member of the Olympic trio to beat 11 seconds this year (10.99).

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Men’s 100 meters (Final Friday 10.30pm)
Tokyo Olympics: Fred Kerley
(silver), Ronnie Baker (fifth), Trayvon Bromell (semifinals)
USA rankings 2022: Micah Williams (9.86), Bromell (9.92), Christian Coleman (9.92), Kerley (9.92)

Coleman was the fastest man in the world in the last Olympic cycle, but he skipped all last year due to a ban on skipped (but not failed) drug tests. He bids farewell to the 100 meters to the world as reigning world champion and this week he may decide to focus on the 200 meters. This means that three more will join him on the individual 100m team. Bromell set the world best time in 2021 ahead of the Tokyo Games, where he was eliminated in the semifinals. He still finished as the fastest man in the world for the year. Williams, a member of the 4x100m relay at the Olympics, ran that 9.86 at the NCAA Regionals on May 26, then ran 10.19 two weeks ago at the NCAA Championships, where he was seventh. Kerley, who dropped from 400 to 100 meters last year, broke 10 seconds in all four of his races this year. Baker last raced in April and didn’t make it to national teams.

Women’s 400 meters (Final Saturday 5:21 PM ET)
Tokyo Olympics: Allyson Felix (bronze), Quanera Hayes (seventh), Wadeline Gionata (semifinals)
Rankings USA 2022: Talitha Diggs (49.99), Britton Wilson (50.05), Something Mu (50.42)

Felix, an 11-time Olympic medalist in his farewell season, told On Her Turf on Tuesday that he doesn’t know if he will run the 400 meters at the World Championships should he finish in the top three nationally. She said that she hopes to run at least one relay at the World Cup, which would probably require a top eight placement in the national team. Hayes has a farewell to the worlds as reigning champion of the Diamond League season. Wilson, a 400 hurdler, and Mu, the 800m Olympic champion, will not run the 400m nationwide. This puts Felix in third fastest this year among the women entered in the national teams. She is bidding on a 10th world championship team that extends the US record. Internationally, the walkers alone have competed in more than 10 world championships, according to Bill Mallon by Olympia.org.

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Women’s Shot Put (Final Sunday 4 p.m. ET)
Tokyo Olympics: Raven Saunders (silver), Jessica Ramsey (12 °), Adelaide Aquila (qualification)
USA charts 2022: Chase Ealey (20.13), Aquila (19.64), Ramsey (19.38)

Maggie Ewen, who missed the Olympic team by three centimeters, hails the team as reigning champion of the Diamond League season. That extra place in the worlds could be significant for Saunders, who is in sixth place in the nation this season. He is also expected to help the 2016 gold medal Michelle Carterwho plans to return to racing for the first time since April 2021 and after having a benign tumor removed in her right ankle last year.

Women’s 800 meters (Final Sunday 4:54 PM ET)
Tokyo Olympics: Athing Mu (gold), Raevyn Rogers (bronze), Ajee Wilson (semifinals)
USA rankings 2022: Mu (1: 57.01), Wilson (1: 58.06), Allie Wilson (1: 58.18)

At 19, Mu won Olympic gold and broke the American record in Tokyo, only to lower it again 18 days later. This year she too is the fastest in the world and for two years she has been unbeaten at 800 meters. Rogers and Ajeé Wilson own eight combined medals between the Olympics and the indoor and outdoor world championships. But none of them have a goodbye to worlds, which makes it a bit precarious given the presence of Allie Wilson, a 26-year-old former Monmouth runner who was sixth in the Olympic trials, has lowered her personal best by 4, 38 seconds since the start of 2021 and is the fifth fastest in the world this year.

Men’s 200 meters (Final Sunday 5:38 PM ET)
Tokyo Olympics: Kenny Bednarek (silver), Noah Lyles (bronze), Erriyon Knighton (fourth)
USA rankings 2022: Knighton (19.49), Lyles (19.61), Fred Kerley (19.80)

Lyles has a goodbye as reigning world champion but will be racing at least one round this week. Knighton, 18, climbed to fourth on the all-time list with 19.49 of him on April 30, behind Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake And Michele Johnson and a penny better than Lyles’ personal best. Kerley missed the 200m Olympic team by one point. Bednarek is in sixth place this year among those entered in the 200 national teams, just behind Coleman and Matteo Boling. If Lyles runs all the way, the winner here probably becomes the favorite for the worlds.

Women’s 200 meters (Final Sunday 5:46 PM ET)
Tokyo Olympics: Gabby Thomas (bronze), Jenna Prandini (semi-finals), Battle of Anavia (semifinals)
Rankings USA 2022: Abby Steiner (21.80), Thomas (21.98), Brittany Brown (21.99)

Thomas ran 21.61 to win the Olympic trials, then 21.87 in the Olympic final. She last ran on May 21, then retired on the eve of a match on June 12 to avoid the risk after doing “something fun to my leg during a sprint”. Steiner, a junior from Kentucky, broke the college record by winning the NCAA title in 21.80 on June 11. So far he has run 47 races in 2022. Prandini, who lowered his personal best from 22.16 to 21.89 in three rounds at the Olympic trials, has a best time this year of 22.45 in three legal races. Brown, the 2019 world silver medalist, is hiding.

Men’s 110 meters hurdles (Final Sunday 5:54 PM ET)
Tokyo Olympics: Grant Holloway (silver), Devon Allen (fourth), Daniel Roberts (semifinals)
USA rankings 2022: Allen (12.84), Trey Cunningham (13.00), Holloway (13.06)

The intrigue here is not so much about who makes the team as it is a world record. Holloway, who missed the world record by a cent last year, is farewell as reigning world champion, but this week he will run at least one round and possibly all three. It could be motivated by what happened on June 12, when Allen ran the third fastest time in history, handed Holloway his first defeat to an American since August 2019, and likely supplanted Holloway as a national favorite. Allen, ahead of his first World Championships medal next month at his Oregon college home, will head to the Philadelphia Eagles training camp after the World Cup.

Women’s 400m hurdles (Final Saturday 5:51 PM ET)
Tokyo Olympics: Sydney McLaughlin (gold), Dalila Muhammad (silver), Anna Cockrell (eighth)
USA rankings 2022: McLaughlin (51.61), Britton Wilson (53.75), Muhammad (53.88)

Muhammad, the 2016 Olympic champion and the second fastest woman in history, retired on the eve of the national teams after not racing since May 21 due to injury. She received an exemption from USA Track and Field to get her farewell to the worlds again as reigning world champion. Muhammad’s farewell takes much of the drama out of the battle to make the world team in an event that was one of the deepest two or three in the United States, but has since seen McLaughlin and Muhammad separate significantly. In her last three bouts with last year’s 400m hurdles, McLaughlin ran three of the four fastest times in history, breaking the world record twice. Her only run of hers this year reportedly had an obstacle in the wrong position, messing up her footsteps, but her time is still listed on the world track and field rankings. Two more women may join the team after Muhammad and McLaughlin. Wilson, the Arkansas NCAA champion, lowered her personal best by 2.61 seconds this year. You have run six of the 10 best times this year among Americans. The camp also includes Olympic or world medalist veterans Cassandra Tate, Shamier Little And Ashley Spencerbut together with Cockrell they could fight for a place.

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