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United States > Usa Track & Field announces roster of 120 athletes for Paris Olympic Games

Less than a month before the beginning of athletics competition at the Games of the Olympiad in Paris , Usatf has named a roster of more than 100 athletes who will compete at Stade de France in Saint Denis.

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By Julie Peh

Team Usatf dominated the medals table at the past two World Athletics Championships, earning 33 total medals at Oregon22 and 29 last summer at Budapest, including 12 gold. American athletes finished atop the medal table at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021, too, grabbing 26, seven of them gold.

Four reigning Olympic champions lead the U.S. roster, with two-time shot put gold medalist and world record holder Ryan Crouser heading the men’s team and 400 hurdles world record holder Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone coming off her fifth world record to top the women’s entrants. Katie Moon is the defending women’s pole vault champion, and Valarie Allman will be seeking a second straight gold in the women’s discus.

At last year’s World Championships in Budapest, Noah Lyles swept the men’s 100 and 200 and helped the U.S. to victory in the 4×100 relay. He is again a favorite to top the podium in both individual events and will be a key player on the relay. Other individual gold medalists from Budapest making the Paris trip are Crouser and Moon, as well as women’s 100 champion Sha’Carri Richardson. Richardson picked up bronze in the 200 and helped Team Usatf to gold in the 4×100. 

Grant Holloway is a three-time world champion in the men’s 110 hurdles who earned silver at Tokyo, and his 12.86 win at the Olympic Trials in Eugene perhaps set the scene for his first Olympic gold. Winner of the last two world titles in the women’s shot put, Chase Jackson is the American record holder and is seeking gold in her Olympic debut.

Other returning medalists from Tokyo include men’s 400 hurdles American record holder Rai Benjamin, who set the AR of 46.17 for silver in that historic Tokyo race. Benjamin clocked a world-leading 46.46 to win the Trials. Sprint stars Fred Kerley and Kenny Bednarek are also gold medal threats in the 100 and 200. Kerley won the world 100 title at Oregon22, while Bednarek dropped his 200 PB to 19.59 at the Trials and was a silver medalist at Oregon22.

Field eventers Joe Kovacs and Chris Nilsen have vast international experience, and Kovacs has two world titles to his credit. Owner of the best men’s shot put mark in the world this year at 23.13, Kovacs has a pair of Olympic silvers from Rio 2016 and Tokyo, and is the second best thrower in history behind only Crouser. Nilsen nabbed pole vault silver at Tokyo and Oregon22. Women’s shot put stalwart Raven Saunders was the Tokyo silver medalist and placed fifth at Rio in 2016.

Gabby Thomas was the women’s 200 silver medalist at Budapest last fall and earned bronze at Tokyo. She has the fastest time in the world this year, a 21.78 in the Trials semifinal, and her 21.60 PB makes her the second fastest American ever and No. 4 on the world all-time performer list.

WOMEN’S ROSTER BY EVENT

EVENT/ATHLETERESIDENCEASSOCIATION
100
Sha’Carri RichardsonClermont, FLFlorida
Melissa JeffersonClermont, FLFlorida
Twanisha TerryClermont, FLFlorida
200  
Gabby ThomasAustin, TXTexas Southern
Brittany BrownTontitown, ARIowa
McKenzie LongDayton, OHOhio
400  
Kendall EllisNorth Hollywood, CASouthern California
Aaliyah ButlerFort Lauderdale, FLFlorida
Alexis HolmesHamden, CTConnecticut
800  
Nia AkinsSeattle, WAPacific Northwest
Allie WilsonIndianapolis, INIndiana
Juliette WhittakerLaurel, MDPotomac Valley
1500  
Nikki HiltzFlagstaff, AZArizona
Emily MackayEndicott, NYNew England
Elle St. PierreEnosburg, VTNew England
3000 Steeplechase  
Valerie ConstienBoulder, COColorado
Courtney WaymentSpringville, UTUtah
Marisa HowardBoise, IDSnake River
5000  
Elise CrannyNiwot, COColorado
Karissa SchweizerEugene, OROregon
Whittni MorganSpringville, UTUtah
10,000  
Weini KelatiFlagstaff, AZArizona
Parker ValbyBrooksville, FLFlorida
Karissa SchweizerEugene, OROregon
Marathon  
Fiona O’KeeffeChapel Hill, NCNorth Carolina
Emily SissonFlagstaff, AZArizona
Dakotah LindwurmHopkins, MNMinnesota
100H  
Masai RussellUpper Marlboro, MDPotomac Valley
Alaysha JohnsonDallas, TXSouthwestern
Grace StarkWhite Lake, MIMichigan
400H  
Sydney McLaughlin-LevronePlaya Vista, CASouthern California
Anna CockrellWestworth Village, TXSouthwestern
Jasmine JonesAtlanta, GAGeorgia
High Jump  
Rachel GlennLong Beach, CASouthern California
Vashti CunninghamLas Vegas, NVNevada
Pole Vault  
Bridget WilliamsFairlawn, VAVirginia
Katie MoonPowder Springs, GANew York
Brynn KingTomball, TXGulf
Long Jump  
Tara Davis-WoodhallFayetteville, ARNew York
Jasmine MooreGainesville, FLFlorida
Monae’ NicholsWinter Haven, FLFlorida
Triple Jump  
Jasmine MooreGainesville, FLFlorida
Keturah OrjiAtlanta, GAGeorgia
Tori FranklinChicago, ILIllinois
Shot Put  
Chase JacksonHolman, NMNew Mexico
Raven SaundersNorth Charleston, SCSouth Carolina
Jaida RossEugene, OROregon
Discus  
Valarie AllmanAustin, TXTexas Southern
Jayden UlrichEast Alton, ILOzark
Veronica FraleyRaleigh, NCNorth Carolina
Hammer  
Annette EchikunwokeCincinnati, OHOhio
DeAnna PriceChampaign, ILNew York
Erin ReeseTerre Haute, INIndiana
Javelin  
Maggie Malone HardinLincoln, NENew York
Heptathlon  
Anna HallGainesville, FLFlorida
Chari HawkinsSan Diego, CASan Diego-Imperial
Taliyah BrooksTontitown, ARArkansas
Relay pool (Additional Athletes)  
Kaylyn BrownGastonia, NC
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