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It’s An American Sweep In The 100-Meter, While Chase Ealey Is Team USA’s First Women’s Shot Put World Champ

by Paul D. Bowker

(L-R) Trayvon Bromell, Fred Kerley and Marvin Bracy-Williams pose after going 1-3 in the men's 100-meter final at the 2022 World Athletics Championships on July 16, 2022 in Eugene, Ore.

 

One, then two, then three.
It happened in a flash Saturday night at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Winning his first individual world title in the first World Athletics Championships to be held in the United States, Olympic silver medalist Fred Kerley led an historic American sweep in the men’s 100-meter dash.
Kerley, who changed his event from 400-meter to 100 in the last year, burst past American teammate Marvin Bracy, a 2016 Olympian, at the finish line. Kerley won with a time of 9.86 seconds, just ahead of Bracy’s 9.88. Trayvon Bromell, a two-time Olympian, captured third place and the bronze medal, finishing just behind Bracy, also with a time of 9.88 seconds.
“It’s amazing to do it on home soil with the home crowd behind us,” Kerley, of Taylor, Texas, said. “It’s a wonderful blessing to get a clean sweep.”
Christian Coleman, a fourth American and 2016 Olympian who was the defending world champion, finished sixth.
“It feels great to get my first gold medal at home and with an American sweep,” Bracy said. “What else could I ask for?”
The sweep concluded a night in which shot putter Chase Ealey won a gold medal for a historic night of her own. She won with a toss of 20.49 meters on her first throw, and in doing so became the first U.S. woman to win a world championship in the event.
The U.S. has captured five medals through two days of the world championships. The competition continues through next Sunday.
The sweep in the 100 marked the third time in world championships history that the U.S. has swept the podium in the event, and the first time since 1991. Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis led U.S. world championships sweeps in both 1983 and 1991.
“Both times were magical,” Lewis said on NBC’s broadcast Saturday night.
Kerley had previously become the first in Diamond League history to win at the 100-, 200- and 400-meter distances, and he is the first to medal in both the 100 and 400 at the world championships. He won a bronze medal in the 400 two years ago in Doha, Qatar. He switched to the 100 last year and won a silver medal at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in his Olympic debut.
“It felt amazing,” Kerley said. “I got the work done this time around and the gold medal means more than anything."

Chase Ealey competes during the women's shot put final at the 2022 World Athletics Championships on July 16, 2022 in Eugene, Ore.

 

Ealey’s victory in the women’s shot put continued an unbeaten run this season, which included capturing a national championship in June at Hayward Field. She has won every outdoor meet in which she has entered this year.
On Saturday, she held off two-time defending world champion and reigning Olympic gold medalist Gong Lijiao of China, who had a best throw of 20.39 meters.
“It is so surreal,” Ealey, of Los Alamos, New Mexico, said. “It feels so amazing, especially because I have done it on the home soil.”
Ealey’s win also made her the first U.S. track and field athlete to win a world title on home soil.
“I do not think I can describe the atmosphere at the stadium today,” she added. “But since the moment I walked out, I felt this day was so important and the cheering and the support of the fans was unforgettable. It will stay deep in my heart.”
Ealey placed seventh two years ago in the world championships. Following a bout with COVID-19, she was fifth at last year’s Olympic trials and missed out on Tokyo.
Saturday saw four other event finals at Hayward Field.
Karissa Schweizer, a 2020 Olympian from Urbandale, Iowa, placed ninth in the women’s 10,000-meter. She was 12th in the same distance at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Olympians Steffin McCarter and Marquis Dendy finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the men’s long jump. Two-time Olympian Rudy Winkler placed sixth in the hammer throw.
Among the highlights of the early-round action Saturday, Olympic silver medalist Grant Holloway and Khallifah Rosser had the best qualifying times in men’s hurdle heats, Holloway in the 110 hurdles with a time of 13.14 seconds and Rosser in the 400 hurdles with a time of 48.62 seconds. The 110 semifinals and finals are Sunday night; the 400 semifinals are Sunday night and the final is Tuesday.


Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. Hes is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.
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