by Larry Eder –  The US team in Glasgow last weekend (March 1-3) was one of the finest that we have had at a World Indoor. 57 team members, and 20 medals taken home is pretty darn good.

Here’s my thoughts, event by event:

Women’s shot put: Chase Ealey Jackson had a subpar competition, with Sarah Mitton taking the gold. Truth is, women’s shot put is incredibl competitive and you either get over 20 meters (gold and silver here) or, in most case you do not medal.

Men’s shot put: Ryan Crouser took gold with 20.77m throw. His throwing was superb, considering he has had two indoor competitions. No Joe Kovacs here for indoor, who is focused on Paris.

Women’s High Jump. Nicola Olyslagers, Australia’s HJ star took the gold, Yaroslava Mahuchikh, UKR took silver and Lia Apostolovski, Slovenie took the gold, Vashti Cunningham, US, our only real international competitor, picked up stomach flu just prior to event.

Pentathlon: Noor Vidts, NED defended her gold. Saga Vanninen, FIN, took silver first medal ever for Fin in indoor world champs. Sofia Dokter, NED battled to bronze. Chari Hawkins, US was 7th. Anna Hall is recovering from surgery, Nafi Thiam, Katerina Johnson Thompson, both have their eyes on Paris.

Men’s 60 meters: Christian Coleman took gold and Noah Lyles took silver, with Ackeem Blake in bronze. Coleman got his Mojo back and Noah Lyles ran a near PB to battle for silver. Both will be huge in run up to Paris.

Men’s Long Jump: Miltiadis Tentoglou, GRE took gold after countback battle with Italian superstar Mattia Furlani. Carey McLeod, JAM,took bronze. Jarrion Lawson, US on comeback was fifth. William Williams, US, was 7th. US is in tough battle with world in LJ.

Women’s pole vault: Molly Caudery, GB, new PV sensation, took gold, Eliza McCartney, Kiwi star took silver and Katie Moon, US, Oly champ, World champ, with achilles issues, took bronze, had not managed a good session in two weeks. Sandi Morris, 2 time WIC gold, WC silver, was fifth. Great group of US women pole vaulters, the road to Paris will be fascinating.

Men’s Triple Jump: Hughes Fabrice Zango, Burkina Faso, gave his country first gold indoors in TJ. Yasser Triki, ALG, took silver, and Tiago Pereira, POR, took bronze. Donald Scott was 6th. The TJ needs a rivalry with many of top not competing indoors. Christian Taylor, Will Claye, top US medalists had zing in this event. Who will be next US stars?

Women’s 3,000m:Elle St. Pierre, just a year out from having son, Ivan, has run 4 races. Elle destroyed US record of Alicia Monson in win. Gudaf Tsegay, ETH, who should have defeated her, on the stat sheets, was relegated to second. Beatrice Chepkoech, KEN, took bronze and set NR. Josette Andrews, a promising US athlete, was 11th.

Men’s 3000 meters: Josh Kerr took gold, to the delight of his home crowd. Yared Nuguse, US, took the silver in a gutty run from way back. Selemon Barega, ETH, Olympic champion, took the bronze. The 3,000m indoors is a meeting place for 1,500m to the 10,000m, an the speedsters won out. Olin Hacker, US, an NCAA 5,000m champion, just like his father, charged to the front and shook up the race.

Women’s 400 meters: Femke Bol, the finest Women’s indoor 400m runner in the world, took the gold and set another WR of 49.17. Lieke Klaver, Bol’s training partner, took silver in 50.16, Alexis Holmes, US, took the bronze in 50.24. Talitha Diggs, US, was fifth. Reminder that the global talent in our sport is pushing US quarter milers.

Men’s 400 meters: What an exciting race! Alexander Doom, BEL, caught Karsten Warholm, NOR, 45.25 NR to 45.34 SB. Rusheen McDonald, JAM, took the bronze in PB 45.65. Both US runners, Jacory Patterson, and Brian Faust, did not make it out of first heats.

Men’s 60 meter hurdles. Grant Holloway is the finest sprinter hurdler ever. His indoor WR in Albuquerque two weeks ago, and his 7.29=CR in Glasgow showed a fit and focused World Champion. Lorzenzo Simonelli, ITA, delighted his country with a silver and 7.43 =NR. France’s Just Kwaou-Mathey, FRA took bronze, suggesting the possibilities for France in Paris 2024. Surprised with performance by Trey Cunningham.

Women’s 60 meters: Julien Alfred, US trained, took first gold for Saint Lucia (first medal) in 6.98=WL. Ewa Swoboda, POL, took silver in 7.00, taking her first medal. Zaynab Dosso, ITA, gave Italy its 7.05 bronze medal. Zoe Hobbs, NZL, 7.06 AR takes fourth, her second AR of event. Nightmere for US, MIkiah Brisco takes fifth, 7.08, after witnesseing her training partner, Aleia Hobbs, who was injured in semi-finals, was carted from race by wheelchair.

Women’s Triple Jump: Thea Lafond, DMA, takes 15.01m WL, Leyanis Perez Hernandez, CUBA, 14.90m SB, takes silver, Ana Peleteiro-Compaore, ESP, 14.75m SB took bronze. US was in fourth and fifth, with Keturah Orji, and Jasmine Moore. Orji has more fourths, so heart-breaking, but she has brought the US TJers into the global battle.

Men’s High Jump. Hamish Kerr, NZ, had his day at gold with a WL of 2.36m! Shelby McEwen, US, 2.28m, had a wonderful day with his silver. Sanghyeok Woo, KOR, had an off-day, taking bronze in 2.28m. Vernon Turner, US, took sixth.

Men’s Pole Vault. There was a moment in this pole vault competition, where, Mondo Duplantis could have lost even a medal chance. He came down to the do or die moment, at 5.85 meters, his third attempt. Reminded me of Daley Thompson in 1984, when he had two fouls in the discus. This is whenn champions are made. Duplantis made it, and went to to take gold with 6.05m WL . Sam Kendricks is back, with silver, his first medal since Doha 2019, with a fine 5.90. Emmanouil Karalis, GRE, who was a wild card from World Athletics, took the bronze in 5.85m.

Women’s Long Jump: Monae Nichols and Tara Davis Woodhall dueled, trading leads. Then, Tara went 7.07m, game over, taking gold. Monae Nichols, US, takes silver in 6.85m, Fatime Diame, ESP, 6.78m took the bronze. What an event for the US! Outdoors will be somewhat different, but not sure Tara is going anywhere, nor Monae.

Men’s 4x400m: Belgium, anchored by Alexander Doom, with Dylan Borlee on second leg, defended the gold from Belgrade. US team (Jacory Patterson, Matthew Boling, Noah Lyles, Christopher Bailey) took silver and Netherlands took bronze.

US team outdoors will be a whole different world, but that does not mean that the world is not coming closer.

Women’s 4x400m: The Netherlands, with Lieke Klaver on first leg and Femke Bol on anchor took gold, 3:25.07 WL. US team of Quanera Hayes, Talitha Diggs, Bailey Lear, Alexis Holmes, took silver, and Team GB took bronze in 4×4.

Women’s 60m hurdles: Devynne Charlton, BAH takes gold and sets new WR of 7.65. Cyrena Samba Mayela, FRA, defending champion, took silver. Pai Skrzyszowska, POL, took the bronze. Masai Russell, US, took fourth. Competition at 60m sprint hurdles is just incredibly tough.

Men’s 800 meters: Bryce Hoppel wanted to win really bad. He kept his cool with shoving, almost falling and running his race, taking gold in 1:44.92WL, improving from his bronze in 2022. Andrewas Kramer, SWE, a cagey 800m indoor specialist, took the silver, in 1:45.27 SB. In third, Belgium’s Eliott Crestan, took the bronze in 1:45.32. This was a very tough 800 meters, with defending champ, Mariano Garcia in fifth, and Benjamin Robert, FRA, who pushed to the lead, in sixth.

Women’s 800 meters. Tsige Duguma, ETH, a former sprinter, took the gold here, giving Ethiopia its first 800 meters. Jemma Reekie, who has had three tough years, including glandular fever (Mono), took silver. Noelle Yarigo, BEN, took the bronze. Surprised that Alemu did not medal.

Men’s 1,500m: One of the finest races of the meet! This was a tough field. Hobbs Kessler, US, who has run well all season, went to the fore and did not let go until the very, very end, taking the bronze. Cole Hocker did his classic final 200m and looked to be the winner. But, alas, Kiwi Geordie Beamish did not get the script. A true middle distance runner, NZ steeple NR holder, Geordie ran 12.78 last 100m, going from ninth to fifth, then, fifth to first, taking gold in 3:36.54, with Cole Hocker in silver, Hobbs Kessler in bronze.

Women’s 1,500m: The final event of the weekend was glorious. Frewenyi Hailu, ETH was expected to win, but Emily Mackay, US, just went to the front and took off, with Hailu and Hiltz, plus GB’s Georgia Bell. Hailu went by late, taking the win, and taking gold. Nikki Hiltz flew over the last 200 meter, taking the silver and brave Emily Mackay took the bronze Georgia Bell took 4th with Diribe Welteji, ETH, took the fifth place.

The World Indoors was exciting all three days. The US had a lot of young athletes, with some seasoned stars. What will happen in Paris? Big question.

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