“It was harder to not paint them in the rainbow than it was to choose to paint them,” Green Tregaro said.
4. Young Americans: The United States boasted a youthful squad that included 17-year-old Mary Cain, who finished 10th in the 1,500. Still, the Americans came away with 25 medals, eight more than Russia. But only six of them were gold as Russia edged them with seven. It’s the first time the U.S. failed to at least tie for the gold-medal lead since the first world championships in Helsinki 30 years ago.
“Everybody is going to say, ‘Well, Russia had more gold medals than we did,”’ U.S. men’s coach Mike Holloway said. “But if you look at the youth of this team, there’s a very bright future for U.S. track and field.”
5. Relay woes: Passing the baton remains problematic for the U.S.
The women’s 4x400 and 4x100 relays and the men’s 4x100 all had hiccups on their way to silver medals. The women were missing Allyson Felix for both relays after she tore her hamstring in the 200 final.
In contrast, the men’s 4x400 did successfully get it around to capture a fifth straight world crown.