Six world leaders, reigning World Indoor champs Lagat, Reese lead Team USA into World Indoor Championships
INDIANAPOLIS ÛÓ Behind the strength of 2010 World Indoor champions Bernard Lagat and Brittney Reese
and a total of six athletes with world-best marks, Team USA brings a
deep field of 51 total athletes into the 2012 IAAF World Indoor
Championships scheduled for March 11-13 in Istanbul, Turkey. USA Track
& Field announced the team Monday.
Two-time World Indoor 3,000m gold
medalist Lagat and two-time defending long jump gold medalist Reese join
world-leaders Tianna Madison (60m), Sanya Richards-Ross (400m), Kristi Castlin (60mH), Trell Kimmons (60m), Will Claye (TJ and LJ) and Reese Hoffa (SP) as Team USA looks for a repeat performance from 2010 when it won a total of 17 medals to take the overall medal count.
The roster also features six
athletes who earned individual medals at last summer’s World Outdoor
Championships in Daegu, South Korea. The list includes Claye, who took a
bronze medal in the triple jump, 1,500m bronze medalist Matthew Centrowitz, triple jump gold medalist Christian Taylor, high jump gold medalist Jesse Williams, decathlon silver medalist Ashton Eaton, shot put bronze medalist Jillian Camarena-Williams and long jump gold medalist Reese.
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Lowe Named USATF Athlete of the Week
INDIANAPOLIS – Chaunté Lowe has been
named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after setting an
American record of 2.02m/6-7.5 in the high jump as she won the USA
Indoor Track & Field Championships on Sunday in Albuquerque, N.M.
Lowe’s leap improved Tisha Waller’s
previous indoor American record of 2.01m/6-7 that had been on the record
books since 1998. Lowe also owns the outdoor record which she set at
the 2010 USA Outdoor Championships in 2.05m/6-8.75.
In addition to winning her sixth
national title, Lowe also won the Visa Championship Series prize of
$25,000 for the best performance of the indoor season.
Now in its eleventh year, USATF’s
Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding
performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each
week and features the athlete on www.usatf.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
2012 Winners: January 5, Landon
Peacock; January 11, Kirubel Erassa; January 18, Shalane Flanagan;
January 26, John Nunn; February 1, Gunnar Nixon; February 8, Jenn Suhr;
February 14, Jillian-Camarena Williams; February 22, Brycen Spratling;
February 28, Chaunte Lowe
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