Americans roll at Stockholm Diamond League; Demps signs with Patriots
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Less than one week removed from a 29-medal performance at the London Olympic Games, American track and field athletes traveled to Stockholm as the Samsung Diamond League continued Friday.
Reigning Olympic gold medalists Sanya Richards-Ross (women’s 400m) and Christian Taylor (men’s triple jump) led seven different Americans that claimed Diamond League event wins Friday. That list also included: Reese Hoffa (men’s shot put), Michael Tinsley (men’s 400m hurdles), Charonda Williams (women’s 200m), Ryan Bailey (men’s 100m) and Dawn Harper (women’s 100m hurdles).
The reigning Olympic gold medalist in the 400m and 4x400m, Richards-Ross bested a women’s 400m field that included the top five athletes in the world in 2012. Richards-Ross, who also won the World Indoor title in March, chased down 2011 World Outdoor champion Amantle Montsho of Botswana to win the race in 49.89.
The winning mark of 17.11m/56-1.75 for Taylor was the latest victory in a stellar season that has included an Olympic gold medal and a silver medal at the World Indoor Championships. It was the third win on the Diamond League in 2012 for Taylor after also picking up victories in London and the Prefontaine Classic.
The Olympic bronze medalist in the shot put, Hoffa won the competition with a mark of 21.24m/69-8.25. The Olympic silver medalist in the 100m hurdles, Harper won in a time of 12.65. Tinsley, who burst onto the scene with a silver medal in London, won the 400m hurdles in a time of 48.50 while Williams won in 22.82 and Bailey, the Olympic silver medalist in the 4x100m, ran a winning time of 9.93.
Americans also picked up second place finishes from Bianca Knight in the women’s 200m (22.86), Kellie Wells in the women’s 100m hurdles (12.76) and Natasha Hastings in the women’s 400m (52.20). Grabbing third place finishes was Ryan Whiting in the men’s shot put (20.94m/68-8.5) and Janay DeLoach in the women’s long jump (6.69m/21-11.5).
Complete results from Friday’s Diamond League meet can be found here.
American results in Stockholm
1) Christian Taylor – men’s triple jump (17.11m/56-1.75)
1) Reese Hoffa – men’s shot put (21.24m/69-8.25)
1) Michael Tinsley – men’s 400m hurdles (48.50)
1) Charonda Williams – women’s 200m (22.82)
1) Ryan Bailey – men’s 100m (9.93)
1) Dawn Harper – women’s 100m hurdles (12.65)
1) Sanya Richards-Ross – women’s 400m (49.89)
2) Kellie Wells – women’s 100m hurdles (12.76)
2) Bianca Knight – women’s 200m (22.86)
2) Natasha Hastings – women’s 400m national race (52.20)
3) Ryan Whiting – men’s shot put (20.94m/68-8.5)
3) Janay DeLoach – women’s long jump (6.69m/21-11.5)
4) Virginia Crawford – women’s 100m hurdles (12.83)
4) Will Claye – men’s triple jump (16.88m/55-4.75)
4) Andrew Wheating – men’s 800m “B” (1:46.33)
4) Shannon Rowbury – women’s 1,500m (4:03.15)
4) Darvis Patton – men’s 100m (10.15)
5) Queen Harrison – women’s 100m hurdles (12.89)
5) Jeneba Tarmoh – women’s 200m (23.00)
5) Jenny Simpson – women’s 1,500m (4:04.71)
5) Stephanie Brown-Trafton – women’s discus (63.34m/207-9)
5) Michelle Carter – women’s shot put (18.39m/60-4)
5) Christian Cantwell – men’s shot put (20.58m/67-6.25)
5) Francena McCorory – women’s 400m (51.08)
6) DeeDee Trotter – women’s 400m (51.75)
6) Evan Jager – men’s 3,000m (7:35.16)
8) Angelo Taylor – men’s 400m hurdles (50.41)
8) Emma Coburn – women’s steeplechase (9:31.55)
9) Brittney Reese – women’s long jump (6.23m/20-5.25)
11) Anna Pierce – women’s 1,500m (4:10.48)
11) Andrew Bumbalough – men’s 3,000m (7:44.71)
12) David Torrence – men’s 3,000m (7:47.80)
Demps to sign with Patriots
According to multiple sources, 2012 Olympic 4x100m silver medalist Jeff Demps will sign a contract to play in the National Football League with the New England Patriots.
A standout sprinter and running back, Demps recently completed his eligibility in both sports at the University of Florida. He announced in early 2012 that he was putting his football career on hold to continue his preparation for the Olympic Games.
Demps won a silver medal in London when he ran a preliminary leg on Team USA’s 4x100m relay.
For the Gators, Demps was a threat both as a running back and a kick returner. In four seasons he racked up 2,951 yards from scrimmage and 24 offensive touchdowns. He also scored one touchdown and averaged 25.0 yards per return on 10 kick returns in 2011. On the track, Demps won the 2010 NCAA Outdoor title in the 100m along with winning three straight NCAA Indoor 60m titles.
After winning an Olympic medal, he now turns his attention to chasing a Super Bowl ring. The Patriots have become one of the more successful franchises in the NFL in recent memory, advancing to five Super Bowls in the last 11 seasons and winning three Vince Lombardi Trophies.