David Wagner (Portland, Ore.) claimed the gold medal in quad singles at the BNP Paribas Open de France, held June 25-30 in Paris. The No. 1- ranked wheelchair tennis player dominated the tournament, defeating Israel's Patrick Ben Uriel, Italy's Antonio Raffaele and Israel's Shraga Weinberg before his 6-4, 6-2 victory over Anders Hard of Sweden in the final.
SWIMMING NATIONALS HIGHLIGHT U.S. TALENT
Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md.) won three individual events and set a meet record of 15:47.15 in the women's 1,500-meter freestyle at the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships, held June 25-29 in Indianapolis. Olympic gold medalists Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo.) and Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.) were also crowned national champions, as Franklin won four individual events and Lochte won three.
The U.S. cruised to a 4-0 record to open the FIBA U19 World Championship, held June 27-July 7 in Prague. The U.S. started with an 88-29 victory over Ivory Coast, then followed up with 113-57 and 115-47 wins over China and Russia, and on Monday, they beat Brazil, 91-66.
Fabien Lefevre (Bethesda, Md.), Casey Eichfeld (Drums, Pa.) and Zach Lokken (Durango, Colo.) finished seventh in the C1 team event at the 2013 ICF Slalom World Cup No. 2, held June 28-30 in Augsburg, Germany. Lefevre also joined Michal Smolen (Gastonia, N.C.) and Richard Powell (Parkesburg, Pa.) to earn a 10th-place finish in the K1 team event.
Olympian Lea Davison (Jericho, Vt.) won the women's cross-country race in 1:46:08 at the Windham U.S. National Mountain Bike Race, held June 28-30 in Windham, N.Y. On the men's side, Jeremiah Bishop (Harrisonburg Va.) took the title in 1:42:38.
The U.S. dressage team finished third with a score of 217.298 in the Lambertz FEI Nations Cup at CHIO Aachen, held June 26-30 in Aachen, Germany. Meanwhile, aboard Cortes 'C', Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, NY) finished seventh in the Rolex Grand Prix jumping event with a time of 71.27.
The U.S. Women's National Team finished fifth at the World League Semi-Final, held June 22-30 in London. After losing to Australia, 4-1, in the quarterfinals, the U.S. recovered to defeat Spain, 3-1, and Italy, 6-0.
Nathan Schrimsher (Roswell, N.M.) won the men's title at the USA Pentathlon National Championships, held June 27-30 in Colorado Springs, Colo. He earned a perfect score in riding, placed second in both fencing and the combined event, and finished third in swimming. On the women's side, Margaux Isaksen (Fayetteville, Ark.) claimed the title after she posted a perfect riding score, won both fencing and the combined event, and placed second in swimming.
Olympic medalist Henrik Rummel (Pittsford, N.Y.) captured the gold medal in the men's pair and fourat the US Rowing National Championships, held June 23-26 in West Windsor, N.J. Hugh McAdam (Nashua, N.H.) also took home two gold medals, one in lightweight single sculls and the other in lightweight double sculls. A total of 16 crews were named national champions.
With a sudden death score by captain Vanesha McGee (Ewing, N.J.), the U.S. Women's National Team claimed third place at the Rugby World Cup Sevens, held June 28-30 in Moscow. En route to its 10-5 victory over Spain, the team defeated Brazil, Fiji, Spain and Ireland, but then lost to New Zealand in the semifinals. Meanwhile, the U.S. men started the competition strong with a defeat over Georgia but then fell to Canada and New Zealand, and finally to Argentina, 28-5, in the plate quarterfinals.
The U.S. concluded play at the FIFA U20 World Cup 2013 after falling to Ghana, 4-1, on June 27 in Kayseri, Turkey. The team first lost to Spain, 4-1, then tied with France, 1-1, while playing in Istanbul.
Sloane Stephens (Plantation, Fla.) defeated Puerto Rico's Monica Puig, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, in the fourth round of singles at Wimbledon, held June 24-July 7 in London. She is the last American in singles, after Sabine Lisicki overcame Serena Williams (Saginaw, Mich.), 6-2, 1-6, 6-4, to end the American's 34-match winning streak. On the men's side, brothers Mike Bryan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) and Bob Bryan (Camarillo, Calif.) advanced to the third round after beating Spain's David Marrero and Italy's Andreas Seppi, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4, in doubles.
TRACK & FIELD
Christian Taylor (Daytona Beach, Calif.) won the men's triple jump with a season best leap of 17.66 meters at the Sainsbury's Grand Prix, held June 30 in Birmingham, England. The seventh stop of the Diamond League series was a success for several U.S. track & field athletes. Dawn Harper-Nelson (East St. Louis, Ill.) won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 12.64, while Reese Hoffa's (Augusta, Ga.) throw of 21.34 meters won him the men's shot put.
The U.S. Men's National Team overcame Bulgaria, 25-19, 25-22, 25-21, on June 28 in the first match of a two-game FIVB World League series, before falling, 25-20, 18-25, 25-23, 25-21, the following day.
The U.S. Women's Junior National Volleyball Team beat Puerto Rico, 25-15, 25-22, 25-18, in its final game at the 2013 FIVB Women's U20 World Championship, held June 21-30 in Brno, Czech Republic. Losses early in the tournament landed the team a fifth-place finish in pool C and a spot in the 17-20 classification bracket. Victories over Thailand, Nigeria and Puerto Rico then helped the team secure a 17th-place finish.
The U.S. fell to Egypt in pool play at the FIVB Volleyball Boys' U19 World Championship, held June 27-July 7 in Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico. After a 27 23-25, 25-16, 28-26, 25-17 loss to Algeria and a 25-18, 25-21, 25-21 victory over Brazil. On Monday, they evened their record at 2-2 after beating Korea, 22-25, 25-20, 25-21, 15-25, 17-15.
2012 Olympian Sarah Robles (San Jacinto, Calif.) seized the gold medal in the 75 kg.+ weight class at the Pan American Championships, held June 22-30 in Caracas, Venezuela. Jenny Arthur (Gainesville, Ga.), Travis Cooper (Tyrone, Ga.) and Donovan Ford (Sacramento, Calif.) also took home medals.