SINGAPORE – Team USA continues to shine on the track and on the field at the Youth Olympic Games, with U.S. athletes winning three more medals at Bishan Stadium in Singapore. Two of Sunday’s medals came from the javelin runway: Hannah Carson (Chandler, Ariz.) won bronze and Devin Bogert (Tomball, Texas) won silver.
“Going into today I was really trying to go for a medal,” Bogert said. “That’s why in qualifying I only took my first throw and then I passed the rest because I had a groin injury coming into this meet. I was able to rest it by only taking one throw in qualifying, so I think that really helped out for the final. Everything felt good. My technique was a little off in the beginning, but I stayed focused, and tried to fix it on my last throw.”
Bogert was in seventh place headed into his fourth and final throw. He said that right at his release, and then watching the javelin’s flight, he knew he had a chance of moving onto the podium. He went from 70.79 (his second throw) to 76.88, moving into second place. Finishing first was Argentina’s Braian Toledo with a throw of 81.78.
Carson also won her medal in her last throw. Had she remained at 48.85, her second throw, she would have finished sixth. But she focused her energy and used her momentum to hit 50.64 and clinch the bronze medal.
Rounding out the U.S. medal haul Sunday was Olivia Ekpone (Germantown, Md.), who won bronze in the 200 meters. The 2010 Maryland State High School champion in the 100, 200 and 400, ran her personal best time Sunday. She clocked 23.75, while gold medalist Nkiruka Florence Nwakwe of Nigeria finished in 23.46.
“I’ve learned a lot here,” Ekpone said. “I’m just going to use this experience, because I’m also training for the 2012 Olympics. This is definitely a preview of what it all is like. So I’m able to take that and hold on to it for the future. I’m just very excited to be here representing the U.S. I worked so hard to get here.”
Brandon Sanders (Columbia, S.C.) finished fourth in the 200 meters, just off the medal stand. Sarah Howard (Dublin, Ga.) was seventh in the shot put, and Tyler Sorenson (Lafayette, Calif.) finished 10th in the 10,000 meter race walk.
On Saturday, Robin Reynolds (Miami, Fla.) won gold in the 400 meters, Myasia Jacobs (Paterson, N.J.) won silver in the 100 meters, and Le’Tristan Pledger (Kansas City, Kan.) won bronze in the long jump. More than 500 young athletes from 170 countries are participating in the track & field competition at the Youth Olympic Games.
Finals conclude Monday with six U.S. athletes competing:
· Amber Bryant-Brock (College Park, Ga.) and Gregory Coleman (San Antonio, Texas) – 400 meter hurdles
· Claudia Francis – 1,000 meters (Laurelton, N.Y.)
· Daniel Wong – 2,000 meter steeplechase (Tucson, Ariz.)
· Shelby Ashe – Hammer throw (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
· Reese Watson – Pole vault (Spring, Texas)
SUNDAY’S TRACK & FIELD RESULTS
Athletics, Girls 200m Finals
- Nkiruka Florence Nwakwe (NGR) 23.46
- Tynia Gaither (BAH) 23.68
- Olivia Ekpone (USA) 23.75
Athletics, Girls Javelin Final
- Kateryna Derun (UKR) 54.59
- Lismania Munoz Barcelay (CUB) 52.40
- Hannah Carson (USA) 50.64
Athletics, Girls Shot Put Finals
- Natalia Trenova (RUS) 15.66
- Siyu Gu (CHN) 15.49
- Anna Wloka (POL) 15.48
- Sarah Howard (USA) 13.44
Athletics, Boys 200m Finals
- Zhenye Xie (CHN) 21.22
- Keisuke Homma (JPN) 21.27
- Patrick Domogala (GER) 21.36
- Brandon Sanders (USA) 21.44
Athletics, Boys 10,000m Race Walk Finals
- Igor Lyashchenko (UKR) 42:45.93
- Oscar Villavicencio (ECU) 43:46.00
- Pavel Parshin (RUS) 44:18.04
- Tyler Sorenson (USA) 47:07.77
Athletics, Boys Javelin Finals
- Braian Toledo (ARG) 81.78
- Devin Bogart (USA) 76.88
- Intars Isejevs (LAT) 74.23