USA Name strong Para team for London 2017

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The USA has named an experienced team for the World Para Athletics Championship in London. 43 Paralympians are among the 50-strong squad for the competition, which takes place from 14-23 July, while 20 of the athletes selected are medal winners from Rio 2016.

“Coming off one of our most successful Paralympic performances in recent Games history, the team representing our country at World Championships is a true reflection of the how strong our track and field programme is,” Cathy Sellers, US Paralympics Track & Field High Performance Director said. “With a mix of stars who have already established themselves as the best in the world and a new generation of young and exciting talent, we are thrilled to showcase our talent on the world stage again in London.”

Headlining the US team are multi Games-medallists and world record-holders Tatyana McFadden, Lex Gillette, and Mikey Brannigan. McFadden, who won six medals in Rio, will return to World Championship action after missing 2015. And she has her sights set on owning every world record in the women’s T54 class.

“I’m so happy to be representing Team USA and returning to London this summer,” McFadden said. “The London Games is where I won my first gold medals on the track so it’s a really special place to me. After a difficult stretch since Rio, I can’t wait to go full speed and compete on the world stage again against the best at World Championships.”

Six athletes will return to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in hopes of repeating the success they had at the 2012 Games including gold medallists Ray Martin and Jeremy Campbell.

A crop of young Rio medallists including Deja Young and Sam Grewe will look to defend their world titles from Doha, Qatar while Alexa Halko and Hunter Woodhall are seeking to convert their world silver medals to gold. Several newcomers will be also making their international debut, including Jaleen Roberts and Isaac Jean-Paul who set a high jump world record last weekend at the US Paralympics Track & Field National Championships.

Team USA won 39 medals at the Doha 2015 World Championships. This year’s event is already making history as the first time that the World Para Athletics Championships and the IAAF World Championships will be held in the same city. London will host approximately 1,300 athletes contesting 213 medal events across 10 days of competition.

2017 USA Paralympics Track & Field World Championship Team

MEN TEAM

David Blair F44
Michael Brannigan T20
Jack Briggs T47
David Brown T11
Jerome Avery Guide Runner
Jeremy Campbell F44
Josh Cinnamo F46
AJ Digby T43
Tobi Fawehinmi F47
Lex Gillette T11
Wes Williams Guide Runner
Sam Grewe F42
Tyson Gunter F13
Erik Hightower T54
Gianfranco Iannotta T52
Desmond Jackson T42
Josiah Jamison T12
Rolland Slade Guide Runner
Isaac Jean-Paul F13
Ayden Jent T35
Raymond Martin T52
Michael Murray T20
David Prince T44
Austin Pruitt T34
Nick Rogers T43
Daniel Romanchuk T54
Scot Severn F53
Brian Siemann T53
Jerome Singleton Jr. T44
Roderick Townsend T46
Jarryd Wallace T44
Hunter Woodhall T43
Regas Woods Sr. T42
Tanner Wright T46
Marshall Zackery T35

 

WOMEN TEAM

Femita Ayanbeku T44
Scout Bassett T42
Kaitlin Bounds T20
Breanna Clark T20
Kym Crosby T13
Alexa Halko T34
Kelsey LeFevour T53
Cheri Madsen T54
Chelsea McClammer T53
Hannah McFadden T54
Tatyana McFadden T54
Amanda McGrory T54
Cassie Mitchell F51
Rachael Morrison F51
Jaleen Roberts T37
Susannah Scaroni T54
Taleah Williams T47
Deja Young T46

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