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The World Athletics Championships are now just around the corner. Plenty of countries will head to Budapest in Hungary with high hopes of clinching a few medals, but few nations will be as expectant as the US, who send a star-studded athletics team across the pond for the 2023 renewal of this competition.
While some nations, such as the one representing Great Britain and Northern Ireland, have opted to take rather small, compact teams, the US sends a predictability large and high-quality team of Athletes to Budapest.
Let’s take a closer look at the American team and highlight some of the medal hopefuls:
American Female Athletes
Hurdling heroine Sydney McLaughlin was expected to be one of the US’ leading lights ahead of the World Championships. Despite still being only 24-years-old, McLaughlin has a huge reputation and was previously feared by all in the 400m hurdles division. After picking up a silver at the age of just 20 in Doha (2019), she went on to claim gold at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, before adding a gold medal at the World Championships in Oregon last year, where she broke her own world record set back in 2020. However, devastatingly, the hurdler announced last week that a knee injury will keep her out of this tournament. A real blow.
Fortunately, the US have other female athletes to carry the torch in McLaughlin’s absence. Both Sha’Carri Richardson and Gabrielle Thomas, who missed last year’s Championships due to injury, have high hopes of performing very well in the sprinting division. With both set to run, it would be a surprise if at least one medals didn’t go the way of the US in the 200m.
Nia Ali is certainly among the more hopeful athletes in the 100m hurdles. She may be 34 now, but she’s still going strong, while she’s got that all important gold-medal-winning experience having come home in front in Doha back in 2019.
In the field, Tori Franklin will be hoping to build on her third-place finish in the Triple Jump at last year’s Championships in Oregon, while the much the same can said for Valarie Allman, the discus thrower who also won bronze in Oregon. Allman is the reigning Olympic champion too, so a gold medal here should certainly be in her sights.
Here’s the complete list of female athletes due to compete for the USA at the 2023 World Athletics Championships:
100m – Brittany Brown, Tamari Davis, Sha’Carri Richardson
200m – Sha’Carri Richardson, Gabby Thomas, Kayla White
400m – Talitha Diggs, Britton Wilson
800m – Nia Akins, Kaela Edwards, Athing Mu, Raevyn Rogers
1500m – Nikki Hiltz, Sinclaire Johnson, Cory McGee
5000m – Elise Cranny, Alicia Monson, Natosha Rogers
10000m – Elise Cranny, Alicia Monson, Natosha Rogers
100m Hurdles – Nia Ali, Keni Harrison, Masai Russell
400m Hurdles – Anna Cockrell, Shamier Little, Dalilah Muhammad
3000m Steeplechase – Emma Coburn, Krissy Gear, Courtney Wayment
35km Race Walk – Stephanie Casey, Miranda Melville, Maria Michta-Coffey
Marathon – Keira D’Amato, Findsay Flanagan, Susanna Sullivan
High Jump – Vashti Cunningham
Pole Vault – Hana Moll, Katie Moon, Sandi Morris, Bridget Williams
Long Jump – Quanesha Burks, Tara Davis-Woodhall, Jasmine Moore
Triple Jump – Tori Franklin, Jasmine Moore, Keturah Orji
Shot put – Adelaide Aquilla, Jalani Davis, Chase Ealey, Maggie Ewen
Discus – Valarie Allman, Elena Bruckner, Veronica Fraley, Lagi Tausaga-Collins
Hammer Throw – Brooke Andersen, Janee’ Kassanavoid, DeAnna Price, Jillian Shippee
Javelin – Ariana Ince, Maggie Malone
Heptathlon – Taliyah Brooks, Anna Hall, Chari Hawkins
Relays – Tamara Clark, Makenzie Dunmore, Rosey Effiong, Quanera Hayes, Alexis Holmes, Lynna Irby-Jackson, Melissa Jefferson, Twanisha Terry
American Male Athletes
Naturally, the US also has a men’s team that is stacked with quality. 200m powerhouse Noah Lyles holds arguably USA’s best chance of a gold medal. The national record holder won gold in both Doha and Oregon and looks all set to defend his crown once more. Perhaps the man from Gainsville, Florida, who won gold in the 2022 Diamond League too, will have eyes on Usain Bolt’s world record of 19.19.
Lyles is also expected to run in the 100m, though he’d have to go some to beat countryman, Fred Kerley, who is the early favourite to claim that crow. Kerley is another gold medal hopeful for the US having scooped the top prize in Oregon last year.
Away from the track, JuVaughan Harrison must have a big chance int the High Jump. The 24-year-old is currently second favourite in the betting for that event after picking up the silver medal in the 2022 Diamond League.
Ryan Crouser could hardly be a bigger favourite to land yet another Shot Put title. The powerful thrower has already claimed gold medals at two Olympic Games, while he claimed his first world title in Oregon last year. It would be a huge shock if the world record holder didn’t come out on top once more.
Below is the full list of male athletes competing for the USA at the 2023 World Championships:
100m – Cravont Charleston, Christian Coleman, Fred Kerley, Noah Lyles
200m – Kenny Bednarek, Erriyon Knighton, Courtney Lindsey, Noah Lyles
400m – Bryce Deadmon, Quincy Hall, Michael Norman, Vernon Norwood
800m – Isaiah Harris, Bryce Hoppel, Clayton Murphy
1500m – Cole Hocker, Yared Nuguse, Joe Waskom
5000m – Paul Chelimo, Sean McGorty, Abdihamid Nur
10000m – Woody Kincaid, Joe Klecker, Sean McGorty
100m Hurdles – Freddie Crittenden, Grant Holloway, Daniel Roberts, Cordell Tinch
400m Hurdles – CJ Allen, Trevor Bassitt, Rai Benjamin
3000m Steeplechase – Benard Keter, Kenneth Rooks, Isaac Updike
20km Race Walk – Nick Christie
Marathon – Elkanah Kibet, Nico Montanez, Zach Panning
High Jump – JuVaughn Harrison, Shelby McEwen, Vernon Turner
Pole Vault – Zach Bradford, Chris Nilsen, Zach McWhorter
Long Jump – Marquis Dendy, Jarrion Lawson, Steffin McCarter
Triple Jump – Chris Benard, Will Claye, Donald Scott
Shot Put – Josh Awotunde, Ryan Crouser, Joe Kovacs, Payton Otterdahl
Discus Throw – Sam Mattis, Turner Washington, Brian Williams
Hammer Throw – Daniel Haugh, Rudy Winkler, Alex Young
Javelin Throw – Ethan Dabbs, Curtis Thompson, Capers Williamson
Decathlon – Kyle Garland, Harrison Williams, Zach Ziemek
Relays – Chris Bailey, Matthew Boling, Brandon Carnes, Justin Robinson, JT Smith, Kendal Williams, Ryan Willie
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