INDIANAPOLIS — Five reigning world champions will lead 130 athletes on the Team USA roster for the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, USATF announced today (10 August). The World Championships take place August 22-30, 2015, at Beijing National Stadium. Known as the “Bird’s Nest,” Beijing National Stadium hosted track & field events for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Returning to defend their 2013 individual titles are Ashton Eaton (Bend, Oregon) in the decathlon, LaShawn Merritt (Norfolk, Virginia) in the 400m, David Oliver (Kissimmee, Florida) in the 110mH, Brittney Reese (Gulfport, MS) in the long jump and 100m hurdler Brianna Rollins (Miami, FL).
In addition to the five defending champions, seven more American 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 Allyson Felix (Los Angeles, California) in the women’s 200m, Justin Gatlin (Clermont, Florida) in the 100m, Reese Hoffa (Augusta, Georgia) in the men’s shot put, Jenny Simpson (Boulder, Colorado) in the women’s 1500m, Christian Taylor (Fayetteville, Georgia) in the triple jump and Michael Tinsley (Little Rock, Arkansas) in the men’s 400mH.
Team USA is coming off an impressive performance at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in 2013, scoring 282 points as a team for the most ever by a U.S. team. Team USA captured 25 medals, tying its second-highest medal output.
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TEAM USA ROSTER
|Event||Last Name||First Name||Current Residence|
|110m hurdles||Ash||Ronnie||Clermont, FL|
|Discus Throw||Ashley||Whitney||San Diego, CA|
|Long Jump||Bartoletta||Tianna||Tampa, FL|
|4 x 400m relay||Beard||Jessica||College Station, TX|
|Hammer Throw||Bingson||Amanda||Manhattan, KS|
|Pole Vault||Blankenship||Jacob||Knoxville, TN|
|Javelin Throw||Borman||Brittany||San Diego, CA|
|100m, 4x100m relay||Bowie||Tori||Orlando, FL|
|100m, 4x100m relay||Bromell||Trayvon||Waco, TX|
|Shot Put||Brooks||Tia||Chula Vista, CA|
|Discus Throw||Brown||Rodney||Baton Rouge, LA|
|4x100m relay||Bryant||Dezerea||Lexington, KY|
|Marathon||Burrell||Ian||Colorado Springs, CO|
|3000m SC||Cabral||Donn||Clinton, NJ|
|Hammer Throw||Campbell||Amber||Myrtle Beach, SC|
|Shot Put||Cantwell||Christian||Columbia, MO|
|400m Hurdles||Carter||Kori||Los Angeles, CA|