USA runs away with Athletics World Cup
Sunday night saw the conclusion of the first Athletics World Cup with the United States of America running away with the ‘platinum trophy’, as they were crowned Athletics World Cup champions.
Team USA won comfortably with a total of 219 points, 57 points clear of second place Poland, while the next six best teams were only separated by a total of 27 points.
Team USA won a total of 11 golds, 10 silvers and six bronze medals from a total of 34 events. Second place Poland won a total of six golds, five silvers and two bronze medals. While third place Great Britain and Northern Ireland won a total of three golds, five silvers and five bronze medals.
On 155 points Great Britain and Northern Ireland finished in third, just two points clear of 4th place Jamaica on 153, while France rounded off the top five on 146 points.
Highlights of the event, which was held at the London Stadium, included South African Luvo Manyonga’s performance in the long jump. Manyonga produced a clinical performance with all four of his jumps being good enough for a gold medal (8.51m, 8.48m, 8.50m, and 8.50m). Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk produced a 2018 world-leading throw of 78.74m to achieve the gold medal in the hammer throw. And Great Britain’s own Morgan Lake cleared 1.93m in the high jump to finish in second place, despite competing while battling through food poisoning.
The Athletics World Cup was seen as a great event for all those involved, loved by both the athletes and the fans, with many competitors reminiscing about the days of club athletic tournaments and how much they loved being in a team atmosphere.
“I loved the team format” said Great Britain and Northern Ireland Athletics World Cup team captain Lorraine Ugen, “Normally we are individuals and we only focus on our competition, but here it is good to look around and see how my teammates are doing.”
Looking forward to Tokyo 2020.
The Athletics World Cup saw a lot of promising Team GB athletes coming through for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Here is our list of ‘the ones to watch’ from this World Cup:
Holly Bradshaw’s performance in the Pole Vault was very promising. At 4.75m, she has already beaten her Rio 2016 Olympic Games result of 4.70m which saw her just out of medal contention at 5th.
Great Britain and Northern Ireland Athletics World Cup captain Lorraine Ugen. Ugen won the long jump with a jump of 6.86m, which could see her in with a chance for a podium finish in Tokyo 2020.
Under-17 and Under-20 UK record holder, high jumper Morgan Lake. Despite battling food poisoning, Lake finished second with a jump of 1.93m, a jump that would have seen her place in the top five at Rio.
Nick Miller’s throw of 76.14m in the hammer throw saw him claim silver at the Athletics World Cup. This throw would see him just outside of medal contention (4th) at Rio 2016.