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( USATF )The first World Athletics Championships ever to be hosted in the United States will long be remembered for a flurry of other firsts after 10 days of global competition that showcased not only the finest athletes the world has to offer, but also the dominance of Team USATF.

Outshining the sparkling new stadium that is Hayward Field, and even the glorious weather that graced the entire meet, the American team produced the greatest performance ever at a World Championships by a single nation, finishing atop the medal table with 33 and light years ahead in the point standings, capturing the first World Athletics Team Trophy with an astounding 328 points.

Winning 13 golds to go with nine silvers and a record 11 bronzes, the energetic United States team made its presence known in every corner of the stadium, earning medals in 22 different events. Ten medal winners competed collegiately in 2022, emphasizing the deep well of talent in the U.S. development pipeline.

Putting on its own version of sweeps week, Team USATF filled all three podium steps in three events -- the men's 100m, 200m and shot put -- and added historic medals in a host of other events.

American men had swept the 100m in 1983 and 1991, and the 200m in 2005, but never had a nation taken all three medals in both sprints at a single World Championships. Even more special was that six different men claimed those medals, with nary a doubler among them.

Eight Team USATF women earned medals in the field events, including for the first time at least one medal in each of the four throwing events. Chase Ealey was the first American to win the women's shot put gold, while Brooke Andersen and Janee' Kassanavoid took gold and bronze in the hammer, the first time two U.S. women medaled in the event.

Never before had a woman from the United States won a medal of any color in the discus and javelin, but Kara Winger's silver in the javelin and Valarie Allman's bronze in the discus ended those streaks. Winger was throwing in her sixth and final World Championships and the friendly and raucous Hayward crowd lifted her into medal position on her sixth attempt to cap off an amazing career.

Despite a history of dominance in the men's shot put that had won for the U.S. more than half of the gold medals on offer, never had a single nation swept the medals. Ryan Crouser's meet record and stellar efforts from Joe Kovacs and Josh Awotunde checked that achievement off the bucket list in dramatic fashion. It was also only the third sweep ever in any men's field event, joining U.S. triple medal hauls in the 1983 and 1991 men's long jumps.

On the track, Athing Mu backed up her Olympic women's 800m gold at Tokyo last summer with the first World Championships gold in the two-lapper by an American woman. Buoyed by the supportive crowd, Mu held off Britain's Keely Hodgkinson in a stretch run that took every bit of energy she had, proving there's no place like home.

Katie Nageotte was another Tokyo gold medalist who repeated her success in Eugene, taking the women's pole vault gold ahead of Sandi Morris, the first 1-2 finish ever by American women in the event and the first U.S gold since Stacy Dragila won in 2001.

Earning bronze, Tori Franklin became the first American medalist in the women's triple jump, and Anna Hall's bronze in the heptathlon was the first U.S. medal in that event since 2001.

On opposite ends of the age and experience scale, Allyson Felix and Erriyon Knighton distinguished themselves in different ways. Teenager Knighton became the youngest men's individual medalist ever by earning bronze in the 200m at age 18y 147d.

Felix, who helped Team USATF to bronze in the mixed 4x400m relay and then returned to run a leg in the heats of the 4x400m relay that went on to take gold, increased her lead as the most bemedaled woman in meet history, raising her tally to 20, including 14 golds. She was competing in her 10th World Championships, the most by an American and the second highest overall.

Besides the unforgettable world record in the women's 400m hurdles by Sydney McLaughlin and the American record in the men's 200m by Noah Lyles, U.S. athletes turned in the best marks ever by an American at a World Championships in 12 other events, including both marathons.

Coupled with unprecedented coverage in digital media and a burgeoning circuit of meets in America's largest cities, Team USATF's performance in Eugene grabbed the eyes and hearts of a new generation of fans who will be entertained and amazed as the galaxy of stars grows ever larger in the buildup to Los Angeles 2028.