Whiting has big shot put; Cain dominates 1,500m

Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:13pm EST
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(Reuters) - Reigning world indoor champion Ryan Whiting delivered a massive shot put and teenager Mary Cain ran away with the women's 1,500 meters at the U.S. world championship trials on Sunday.

World indoor pole vault record holder Jenn Suhr also made the U.S. team for the March 7-9 world championships in Sopot, Poland, but was beaten into second place by Mary Saxer at Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Whiting showed he was ready for another go at gold with his big throw of 22.23 meters (72 feet, 11 1/4 inches), a mark only five men have topped indoors.

"Mentally, I'm a lot more ready," Whiting said of his chances of a world title repeat. "There's no reason I can't be a contender."

Cain, showing why she is America's top female middle distance runner, surged to the lead with three laps to go in the 1,500 and won by nearly three seconds.

"The last 400 was a lot of fun," said the 17-year-old high school student, who clocked four minutes 7.05 seconds.

"I am super excited," said Cain of the upcoming world championships. "This 4:07 at altitude has given me a lot of confidence. I didn't know we were running that fast.

"The last 300 was kind of tough, just from the breathing and altitude but I felt really good."

Team mate Treniere Moser claimed second in 4:09.93 as the high altitude of Albuquerque hindered distance runners but aided sprinters and jumpers.   Continued...