News21 Feb 2018

USA team of 49 announced for IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018


Brittney Reese at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016 (© Getty Images)

Twenty global medallists, including defending world indoor champions Brittney Reese, Vashti Cunningham and Marquis Dendy, highlight the US team's roster for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 from 1-4 March.

In total, the 49 athletes on the roster have won a combined 53 medals at Olympic, world indoor and world outdoor competitions.

Christian Coleman is fresh off a pending world record in the men’s 60m after winning his first national indoor title in 6.34 last weekend in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The 2017 world 100m silver medallist will look for his first gold at a major international championship. The second-most recent record-setter, Sharika Nelvis, leads the women’s 60m hurdles after setting a 7.70 national record, also in Albuquerque.

With three world indoor, four world outdoor and one Olympic gold medal, Brittney Reese looks to defend her 2016 long jump gold as the team's most decorated athlete. Among the other stalwart stars on the roster include 2016 Olympic, 2016 world indoor and 2017 world outdoor pole vault silver medalist Sandi Morris; 100m hurdles world record holder Keni Harrison in the 60m hurdles, 110m hurdles world record holder and 2012 Olympic champion Aries Merritt in the 60m hurdles, 2017 world pole vault champion Sam Kendricks.

Note that additional athletes could be added as wild card entries pending the conclusion of the World Indoor Tour on Sunday in Glasgow.

US team for Birmingham

Men -
60m: Christian Coleman, Ronnie Baker
400m: Michael Cherry, Aldrich Bailey Jr
800m: Donavan Brazier, Drew Windle
1500m: Ben Blankenship, Craig Engels
3000m: Paul Chelimo, Shadrack Kipchirchir
60m hurdles: Jarret Eaton, Aries Merritt
Pole vault: Scott Houston, Sam Kendricks
Long jump: Jarrion Lawson, Marquis Dendy
Triple jump; Will Claye, Chris Carter
Shot put: Ryan Whiting, Darrell Hill
Heptathlon: Zachery Ziemek
4x400m relay: Vernon Norwood, Paul Dedewo, Fred Kerley, Marqueze Washington
Women -
60m: Javianne Oliver, Destiny Carter
400m: Courtney Okolo, Shakima Wimbley
800m: Ajee’ Wilson, Raevyn Rogers
1500m: Shelby Houlihan, Colleen Quigley
3000m: Shelby Houlihan, Katherine Mackey
60m hurdles: Sharika Nelvis; Kendra Harrison
High jump: Vashti Cunningham
Pole vault: Katie Nageotte, Sandi Morris
Long jump: Brittney Reese, Quanesha Burks
Shot put: Daniella Hill, Jeneva Stevens
Pentathlon: Kendell Williams, Erica Bougard
4x400m relay: Phyllis Francis, Georganne Moline, Quanera Hayes, Joanna Atkins