With nine medals, including four golds Sunday, Team USA had the best single-day hardware haul of any nation in the four-decade history of the World Athletics Championships.
And the American track-and-fielders could have made it 10 had NFL-bound Devon Allen not been disqualified from the 110-meter hurdles final for starting his race less than a tenth of a second after the gun sounded.
Allen, returning to his alma mater and Hayward Field, was a favorite for having run the best time in the world this season — 12.84 seconds. But his reaction time Sunday of 0.099 second was deemed “too fast” under track rules.
And he was tossed.
Even so, America went 1-2 in that race, with Grant Holloway defending his 2019 world title and collegian Trey Cunningham taking silver in 13.03 and 13.08, respectively.
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Oregon hometown boy and two-time Olympic champion Ryan Crouser won his first world title in the shot put, with U.S. teammates Joe Kovacs and Josh Awotunde taking silver and bronze.
Olympic champion Katie Nageotte won the pole vault ahead of U.S. teammate and training partner Sandi Morris in second.
And former Rancho Buena Vista High School soccer player Brooke Andersen won the women’s hammer throw at the meet in Eugene, Oregon.
The previous most medals on a single day was eight by the Soviet Union on Aug. 31, 1991, and the previous best day for USA was seven on Aug. 10, 1983.