Which US athletes compete today, July 17, at the Oregon22 World Athletics Championships?
The US will be hopeful of medals in the shot put and pole vault on a day capped by the men’s 110m hurdles and the women’s 100m finals.
The United States climbed to the top of the medal table on Day 2 of the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, powered by a clean sweep of the men’s 100m as Fred Kerley led Marvin Bracy and Trayvon Bromell home in the showpiece event of the evening session. On Sunday, the women’s 100m final is the highlight and Jamaica will aim to emulate that feat with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson, Kemba Nelson and reigning Olympic sprint double champion Elaine Thompson-Herah all through to the semi-finals. Home hopes in the 100m lie with national champion Aleia Hobbs and up-and-comer Twanisha Terry while Dina-Asher Smith’s time in the heats suggests the 2019 silver medallist will run the Jamaicans close.
The day’s action begins with the marathon, where few will be betting against the Kenyan pair of Geoffrey Kamworor and Barnabas Kiptum, with Ethiopia’s reigning world champion Lelisa Desisa also on the start list. The US are represented by Elkanah Kibet, Colin Mickow and 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Galen Rupp.
The women’s heptathlon also gets underway on Sunday, with Ashtin Zamzow-Mahler, Anna Hall, Kendell Williams and Michelle Atherly representing the host nation. Annette Nneka Echikunwoke, Janee’ Kassanavoid and Brooke Andersen will be going for gold in the hammer throw final during the morning session, which will be capped by the men’s 10,000m in which Prefontaine Classic champion Joe Klecker, Sean McGorty and Grant Fisher will be carrying US hopes.
Women’s 100m and men’s 110m hurdles cap Day 3
A packed evening session will feature not only the women’s 100m final, but also the men’s 100m hurdles semis and final, which promises to be a memorable one with Olympic champion Hansle Parchment, 2019 world bronze medalist Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, Andrew Pozzi and US defending world champion Grant Holloway all safely through the heats alongside Florida State Seminoles sensation Trey Cunningham and Devon Allen, who ran a 12.84 earlier this season, the third-fastest time in history, as well as signing a rookie deal with the Philadelphia Eagles in April.
On the field, double Olympic gold medallist and world record holder Ryan Crouser is the favourite for gold in the shot put, which also features Josh Awotunde, Adrian Piperi and Joe Kovacs for the host nation. Sandi Morris will also be expected to finish on the podium in the pole vault, the 2019 world silver medallist coming into the championships with a season-best 4.82, higher than anyone on the start list, but just a shade better than another US medal prospect, Katie Nageotte, who has a season-best 4.80 and a PB of 4.95.