USA TRACK AND FIELD UNVIELS 41-STRONG TEAM AHEAD OF ATHLETICS WORLD CUP
USA Track & Field has today named its team of 41 athletes that are to compete at next month’s inaugural Athletics World Cup in London (15-15 July).
A blend of established world-class names and up-and-coming stars, the USA Track & Field team boasts seven global medallists who hold 14 major medals between them.
One of those with major accolades to his name on the team is world pole vault champion Sam Kendricks; the world champion from last summer in London will be one of many excited to return to the London Stadium next month.
Kendricks will return to the British capital for this new ground-breaking event. The 25-year-old was the only US pole vaulter to clear 5.85m at last weekend’s USA Track and Field Championships to book his place on the plane to London.
The USA team is particularly strong in fellow field events, with Deanna Price heading to London aiming to improve on the world leading distance she set in the women’s hammer throw at the national championships. Price’s distance of 78.12m was the fourth longest throw ever and a new USA record.
World indoor high jump silver medallist Vashti Cunningham and reigning shot-put Diamond League champion Darrell Hill are also among the US athletes confirmed to be heading to the London Stadium.
Cunningham defended her national title in Des Moines, Iowa, clearing a season-best 1.95m to move into a tie for 10th on the world list, while Hill pulled out all the stops to beat Olympic champion Ryan Crouser to claim his invite to London’s showpiece event next month.
Keturah Orji set a new meeting record in the women’s triple jump to become US champion last weekend and she has confirmed she will be competing at the Athletics World Cup, as has Kara Winger who won the women’s javelin by over six metres at the national championships.
Reggie Jagers broke the stadium record in Iowa to claim the discus national title and be rewarded with a spot on the USA team at the inaugural Athletics World Cup, with Valarie Allman competing in the women’s event. Zack Bazile and Quanesha Burks will take to the runway in the long jump.
The USA will be represented by Jeron Robinson in the men’s high jump and Kate Nageotte in the women’s pole vault. Newly crowned national champion Donald Scott will compete in the men’s triple jump.
On the track, Olympic bronze medallist Clayton Murphy will compete in the men’s 800m having reclaimed his national title from 2016, while world indoor gold medallist Courtney Okolo will compete in the 400m; the event she won gold in Birmingham earlier this year.
Okolo will also compete in the 4x400m relay in London, having been part of the relay team which won Olympic gold in Rio and world indoor gold in Birmingham earlier this year. Raevyn Rogers was also part of the victorious relay team in Birmingham and she will compete in the 800m.
2016 Olympians Ameer Webb and Jenna Prandini will compete in the 200m, with Prandini also doubling-up with the 4x100m relay, an event in which the USA are the reigning Olympic and world champions as well as world record holders.
100m runners Kendal Williams and Ashley Henderson will also double-up, while Kahmari Montgomery will take to the start line in both the 400m and 4x400m relay, with the USA looking to continue their global dominance in the latter event following victories at the last three Olympic Games and five of the last six world championships.
The full USA team can be found below:
100m – Kendal Williams / Ashley Henderson
200m – Ameer Webb / Jenna Prandini
400m – Kahmari Montgomery / Courtney Okolo
800m – Clayton Murphy / Raevyn Rogers
1500m – Izaic Yorks / Kate Grace
1110mH/100mH – Devon Allen / Queen Harrison
400mH – Kenny Selmon / Kymber Payne
High Jump – Jeron Robinson / Vashti Cunningham
Pole Vault – Sam Kendricks / Kate Nageotte
Long Jump – Zack Bazile / Quanesha Burks
Triple Jump – Donald Scott / Keturah Orji
Shot Put – Darrell Hill / Maggie Ewen
Discus – Reggie Jagers / Valarie Allman
Hammer – Rudy Winkler / Deanna Price
Javelin – Curtis Thompson / Kara Winger
Men’s 4x100m – Kendal Williams / Isiah Young / Cameron Burrell / Jeff Demps
Men’s 4x400m – Kahmari Montgomery / Paul Dedewo / Nathan Strother / Obi Igbokwe
Women’s 4x100m – Ashley Henderson / Jenna Prandini / Mikiah Brisco / Aaliyah Brown
Women’s 4x400m – Courtney Okolo / Brionna Thomas / Kiana Horton / Jasmine Blocker