The Bowerman Family Stars At 2022 World Athletics Championships

The Bowerman Family has made its presence known at the 2022 World Athletics Championships at the reimagined Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

The elite club of athletes collected 16 medals – 11 gold, four silver and a bronze.

How The Bowerman Fared At The 2022 World Athletics Championships

Name
Award Year
Event
Medal
Fred Kerley
2017 Finalist
100
Gold
Grant Holloway
2019 Winner
110H
Gold
Michael Norman
2018 Winner
400
Gold
Sydney McLaughlin
2018 Finalist
400H
Gold
Abby Steiner
2022 Finalist
4×100
Gold
Jenna Prandini
2015 Winner
4×100
Gold
Athing Mu
2021 Winner
800
Gold
Michael Norman
2018 Winner
4×400
Gold
Abby Steiner
2022 Finalist
4×400
Gold
Sydney McLaughlin
2018 Finalist
4×400
Gold
Mondo Duplantis
2019 Finalist
PV
Gold
Camryn Rogers
2022 Finalist
HT
Silver
Trey Cunningham
2022 Finalist
110H
Silver
Rai Benjamin
2018 Finalist
400H
Silver
Christian Coleman
2017 Winner
4×100
Silver
Anna Hall
2022 Finalist
Hept
Bronze

Let’s take a closer look at how The Bowerman Family fared in Eugene, Oregon.

McLaughlin Lowers Own World Record

2018 The Bowerman finalist Sydney McLaughlin stormed to an incredible time of 50.68 in the final of the Women’s 400m Hurdles to break her own world record of 51.41 and win the gold medal.

McLaughin, also the Tokyo Olympic gold medalist, now has four of the five fastest times in the history of the event, all sub-52.00.

Duplantis Raises Own World Record

2019 The Bowerman finalist Mondo Duplantis added not only to his gold medal collection (Tokyo Olympics and 2022 World Indoor), but also his stack of world records.

With victory secure, Duplantis had the bar set at 6.21m (20-4½). He sailed over cleanly on his second attempt for his fifth career WR, the other four coming indoors. 

Holloway, Cunningham Bowerman 1-2 Punch

2019 The Bowerman winner Grant Holloway successfully defended his World Championships title in 13.03 and 2022 finalist Trey Cunningham followed in 13.08 to earn the silver medal. Cunningham’s time was his sixth sub-13.10 mark of the year.

It was the fifth 1-2 sweep by any nation in this event, and the fourth for the U.S.

Mu Wins Gold Again

2021 The Bowerman winner Athing Mu added to her long list of accomplishments by winning the 800 meters in a tight homestretch battle with a time of 1:56.30.

She became the first American to win this event after last year joining Madeline Manning as the first American to earn Olympic gold in the women’s 800 since 1968.

Kerley’s Gold Leads USA Sweep

Fred Kerley was known as a 400-meter runner when he was a finalist for The Bowerman in 2017. That changed last year when he shifted to the shorter sprints, earning silver in the 100 meters at the Tokyo Olympics.

Here he was golden, leading a USA sweep of the medals in 9.86 after blasting a 9.79 in the heats. 2017 The Bowerman winner Christian Coleman also made the final, finishing sixth in 10.01.

Norman Wins First Gold

2018 The Bowerman winner Michael Norman earned the first individual gold medal of his career, winning the 400 meters in 44.29 to claim victory by 0.19 seconds.

He defeated two other notables – Kirani James (third) and world record holder Wayde van Niekerk, both of whom have Olympic and World Championships gold medals in the event.

Rogers Nabs First Medal

2022 The Bowerman finalist Camryn Rogers added to her long list of long hammer throws with three more beyond 75 meters (246-1). Her longest of 75.52m (247-9) earned her the silver medal.

The only collegian to ever throw beyond 75m, Rogers now has a career total of 11 such marks – topped by her collegiate record of 77.67m (254-10) in winning her third NCAA title.

Benjamin Adds Another Medal

Rai Benjamin, a finalist for The Bowerman in 20`18, added another silver medal in Eugene to his collection after the same finish in Tokyo. He clocked 46.89 – his third-fastest ever – to claim silver as he made the podium for a second-straight year.

Hall Continues Multi History

Anna Hall, a finalist for The Bowerman in 2022, registered the best collegiate score regardless of dates with a total of 6755 to earn the bronze in a competitive heptathlon battle. The previous collegiate all-dates best was 6718 set by Jackie Joyner in 1985. Hall PRed by just under 300 points.

Along the way, Hall improved the best-ever 200 by a collegian in a heptathlon on an all-dates basis. She clocked 23.08, bettering her 23.13 when she won the NCAA title in June.

4×100 Relays Give Stars Three Medals

Two women – a current finalist and a past winner – ran the second and third legs as USA won the gold medal in the 4×100 in 41.14 over a star-studded Jamaican quartet (41.18).

It was the first major medal of any color for Abby Steiner, a finalist for The Bowerman this year. She handed off to 2015 The Bowerman winner Jenna Prandini, who now has three major medals – the previous two being silver, also in the 4×100 (2021 Olympics, 2015 World Championships.

In the men’s 4×100, 2017 The Bowerman winner Christian Coleman ran the opening leg for USA, which claimed the silver medal in 37.55 behind Canada (37.48). It’s the seventh major medal for Coleman, who now owns three golds and four silvers.

4×400 Relays Adds Three More Golds

The Bowerman Family was prominent on the meet’s final two track events, with three members adding additional gold medals on the powerful USA 4×400 teams.

Norman ran the second leg for the men, which clocked 2:56.17 to win by an impressive 2.41 seconds in 2:56.17. Norman had the unit’s fastest split at 43.64.

The women’s 4×4 won by an even larger winning margin – 2.95 seconds. Steiner gave the Americans the lead they didn’t reliquish with a 49.99 split on the second leg, and McLaughlin finished off with an unworldly 47.91 split as the U.S. won in 3:17.79.

Levins Just Misses Medal

2012 The Bowerman winner Cam Levins lowered his PR (and Canadian record) by more than two minutes in the marathon in finishing fourth in 2:07:09.

Galen Rupp, the first male winner of The Bowerman in 2009 and Olympic bronze medalist in Rio, battled back-injury issues but still managed to run 2:09:36 for 19th place. It was Rupp’s seventh sub-2:10 career marathon.

Owens-Delerme Just Out Of The Medals

2022 The Bowerman finalist Ayden Owens-Delerme improved his best (and Puerto Rican record) decathlon score to 8532 in finishing fourth, remaining No. 3 on the all-dates, all-time list.

He closed out Day 1 with a 45.07 in the 400 – best ever by a collegian on an all-dates basis. He finished Day 2 with an all-out solo PR in the 1500 of 4:13.02.

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