USA name strong team for London 2017

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Team for World Para Athletics Championships includes 20 medal winners from Rio 2016.

USA name strong team for London 2017

USA’s Deja Young celebrates after winning gold in women’s 200m T44 final at Rio 2016.

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“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.”

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

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

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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