Four reigning World Champions on US team
Four 2015 World Champions and eight 2016 Olympic individual gold medallists will lead 132 American athletes to the 2017 IAAF World Championships, set for August 4-13 in London, England, the United States Track and Field announced on its website, usatf.org, on Monday.
The squad, usatf.org said, also includes 13 Olympic medallists from 2012 who will return to London Stadium for another chance at the podium. Overall, 39 World Championships and/or Olympic medallists are part of the squad.
Back to defend their 2015 individual World titles are Tianna Bartoletta in the women's long jump, Allyson Felix in the women's 400m, Joe Kovacs in the men's shot put and Christian Taylor in the men's triple jump. Bartoletta, Felix and Taylor all lead the world in their respective events in 2017, while Kovacs is second in the world in the men's shot put behind 2016 Olympic champion Ryan Crouser.
In addition to the four defending World champions, usatf.org said that five additional athletes received byes into the IAAF World Championships by virtue of entering the meet as the reigning Diamond League champions in their event. Those athletes include Kerron Clement in the men's 400m hurdles, Kendra Harrison in the women's 100m hurdles, Erik Kynard in the men's high jump, LaShawn Merritt in the men's 400m, and Cassandra Tate in the women's 400m hurdles.
The eight Olympic gold medallists from the 2016 Rio Games who will compete in London are: Crouser in the men's shot put; Taylor in the men's triple jump; Bartoletta in the long jump; Clement in the men's 400m hurdles; Matthew Centrowitz in the men's 1,500m; Michelle Carter in the women's shot put; Jeff Henderson in the men's long jump; and Dalilah Muhammad in the women's 400m hurdles. London Olympic women's pole vault gold medallist Jenn Suhr will return to the stadium where she won her first Olympic medal, while Taylor revisits the site of the first of his two Olympic golds.