American Track Team Shows Its Strength In Istanbul

Americans Shine At IAAF World Indoor ChampionshipsWith a little more than four months to go before the London Olympic Games, Team USA showed the rest of the track and field world that they will be a force to be reckoned with this summer.

Last weekend in Istanbul, at the IAAF World Indoor Championships, the US captured ten gold medals, the most in team history. The previous high for the USA was eight. 

England finished far behind with two golds. 

Team USA also collected three silver medals and five bronzes. 

Highlights included a world record in the heptathlon (seven events) by Ashton Eaton and an American record in the long jump by defending champion Brittney Reese. 

Bernard Lagat won his third World Indoor title in the 3,000 meters, becoming only the second runner to do so.

The next step for the tracksters is the US Olympic Trials in late June at Eugene, Oregon, where the top three finishers in each event qualify to travel to the Olympics.