THE US TEAM for X world championships, Helsinki (6-14Aug2005)

27 Olympic medalists, 16 World Champs medalists lead young Team USA to World Champs

Jill Geer
Director of Communications
USA Track & Field
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INDIANAPOLIS - Coming off its most successful Olympics in 12 years, Team USA once again will field a young, potentially powerful team for the 2005 IAAF World Championships in Athletics, August 6-14 in Helsinki, Finland.

Team USA will look to match its typical World Championships medal tally of 17-19 medals in Helsinki and is coming off an Olympic Games in which it won a surprising 25 medals.

A total of 131 athletes - 70 men and 61 women - will be part of the U.S. delegation for the World Championships. With an average age under 26.5 years, and 45 percent of the team age 25 or under, the team is even younger than the youth-driven squad that took Athens by storm. (See Team USA notes.)

Youth, experience blend

On the Team USA roster for Helsinki are 27 Olympic medalists - including 2004 champions Justin Gatlin, Joanna Hayes, Jeremy Wariner, Dwight Phillips and Shawn Crawford - and 16 previous World Championships medalists, including four-time defending champion Allen Johnson and fellow defending champions Phillips and John Capel.

Other individual Olympic medalists on the roster are Lauryn Williams, Allyson Felix, Terrence Trammell, Toby Stevenson, Meb Keflezighi, Adam Nelson, John Godina, Matt Hemingway, Bryan Clay, Derrick Brew, Allen Johnson, Maurice Greene, Nick Hysong and Stacy Dragila. Relay medalists include Sanya Richards, Monique Hennagan, Dee Dee Trotter, Monique Henderson, Moushaumi Robinson, LaTasha Colander, Darold Williamson and Andrew Rock.

World Championships individual medalists include Johnson, Phillips, Capel, Trammell, Nelson, Godina, Greene, Dragila, Hysong, Curt Clausen and Sandra Glover; relay medalists are Derrick Brew, Richards, Trotter, Suziann Reid and Lisa Barber.

World leaders

In addition, as of July 27, eight athletes had world-leading marks in their events thus far in 2005. Men’s world leaders are Wallace Spearmon (200m, 19.89), Jeremy Wariner (400m, 44.20), 2005 Outdoor Visa Champion Kerron Clement (400m hurdles, 47.24), Dwight Phillips (LJ, 8.47m/27-9.5), and 2005 Visa Indoor Champion John Godina (SP, 22.20m/72-10).

Women’s world leaders are Allyson Felix (200m, 22.13), 2005 Outdoor Visa Champion Sanya Richards (400m, 49.28) and Michelle Perry (100m hurdles, 12.43).

Relay pools announced

Any athlete competing in an individual event is eligible to take part in relays at the World Championships. In addition, relay pool spots were assigned to the following athletes:

Men’s 4x100m - Maurice Greene, DaBryan Blanton, Monzavous Edwards, Mark Jelks and Mardy Scales; women’s 4x100: indoor Visa Champion Angela Daigle and Olympian LaShaunte’a Moore; men’s 4x400: Derrick Brew and Miles Smith; women’s 4x400: Monique Hennagan, Suziann Reid, Moushaumi Robinson.

For more information …

The 2005 World Championships will be broadcast in the United States daily on the PAX network; 58 hours of live Webcast coverage also is available for under $5 at For more information, visit the News section of

The full Team USA roster by event, is to follow. Team roster notes and additional rosters - sorted alphabetically, by age and by residence - also are forthcoming and are posted on the USATF Web site, at

For more information on Team USA and the World Outdoor Championships, including a downloadable .pdf of the official Team USA Media Guide, visit

The US team for the August 6-14 world championships in Helsinki was announced by USA Track & Field on Wednesday (w denotes world champion, automatic qualifier):

100 - Justin Gatlin, Shawn Crawford, Leonard Scott.
200 - Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay, Wallace Spearmon, w-John Capel.
400 - Jeremy Wariner, Darold Williamson, Andrew Rock.
800 - Khadevis Robinson, David Krummenacker, Kevin Hicks.
1500 - Alan Webb, Chris Lukezic, Rob Myers.
3000 steeplechase - Dan Lincoln, Anthony Famiglietti, Steve Slattery.
5000 - Tim Broe, Ian Dobson, Ryan Hall.
10000 - Abdi Abdirahman, Meb Keflezighi.
Marathon - Brian Sell, Clint Verran, Peter Gilmore, Jason Lehmkuhle.
110 hurdles - w-Allen Johnson, Dominique Arnold, Terrence Trammell, Joel Brown.
400 hurdles - Kerron Clement, Bershawn Jackson, James Carter.
20km race walk - Tim Seaman, John Nunn, Kevin Eastler.
50km race walk - Curt Clausen, Philip Dunn, Curt Clausen.
4x100 relay pool - DaBryan Blanton, Monzavous Edwards, Maurice Greene, Mark Jelks, Mardy Scales plus any athlete already on the roster.
4x400 relay pool - Derrick Brew, Miles Smith plus any athlete already on the roster.
Decathlon - Bryan Clay, Paul Terek, Phil McMullen.
High jump - Matt Hemmingway, Jesse Williams, Kyle Lancaster.
Pole vault - Brad Walker, Nick Hysong, Toby Stevenson.
Long jump - Miguel Pate, w-Dwight Phillips, Brian Johnson, Walter Davis.
Triple jump - Walter Davis, Kenta Bell, Tim Rusan.
Shot - Christian Cantwell, Adam Nelson, John Godina.
Discus - Ian Waltz, Jarred Rome, Carl Brown.
Hammer - James Parker, A.G. Kruger.
Javelin - Breaux Greer.

100 - Lisa Barber, Muna Lee, Lauryn Williams.
200 - Allyson Felix, Rachelle Smith, LaTasha Colander.
400 - Sanya Richards, DeeDee Trotter, Monique Henderson.
800 - Hazel Clark, Kameisha Bennett, Alice Schmidt.
1500 - Treniere Clement.
3000 steeplechase - Elizabeth Jackson, Lisa Galaviz, Carrie Messner.
5000- Shalane Flanagan, Lauren Fleshman, Amy Rudolph.
10000 - Katie McGregor, Blake Russell, Jennifer Rhines.
Marathon - Jill Boaz, Jenny Crain, Turena Johnson Lane, Emily Levan, Mary Akor
100 hurdles - Mechelle Perry, Joanna Hayes, Ginnie Powell.
400 hurdles - Lashinda Demus, Shauna Smith, Sandra Glover.
20km race walk - Teresa Vaill, Joanne Dow.
4x100 relay pool - Angela Daigle, LaShaunte’a Moore plus any athlete already on the roster.
4x400 relay pool - Monique Hennagan, Suziann Reid, Moushaumi Robinson plus any athlete already on the roster.
Heptathlon - Hyleas Fountain, GiGi Miller.
High jump - Amy Acuff, Chaunte Howard, Erin Aldrich.
Pole vault - Stacy Dragila, Tracy O’Hara, Jillian Schwartz.
Long jump - Grace Upshaw, Tianna Madison, Rose Richmond.
Triple jump - Erica McLain.
Shot - Kristin Heaston, Elizabeth Wanless.
Discus - Rebecca Breisch, Seilala Sua, Aretha Thurmond.
Hammer - Erin Gilreath, Bethany Hart, Amber Campbell.
Javelin - Kim Kreiner.