Monday, October 21, 2019 | ePaper

Six-time Olympic champ Felix in U.S. squad for Doha World Championships

  • Print





United States track and field star Allyson Felix was named to her ninth consecutive World Championships team on Monday as the U.S. unveiled a powerful squad for this month's athletics showpiece in Doha.
Felix, 33, was selected as part of the U.S. team's relay pool after failing to qualify for an individual 400m berth at the trials in Des Moines, Iowa, in July.
It means Felix has the chance to add to her astonishing collection of 11 World Championship gold medals, won in individual and relay events between 2005 and 2017. Felix, who first appeared in the 2003 World Championships as a teenage prodigy, hit the comeback trail this season after the birth of her daughter in November last year. After her sixth place finish in the 400m final at the trials, which also served as the U.S. championships, at Drake University, Felix said she would only travel to Qatar for the World Championships on merit.
"If I feel like I'm in good form to be able to help the team, then yes (I'll go)," the six-time Olympic gold medalist said.
Felix is part of a 141-strong U.S. team for Doha that contains eight reigning world champions and 13 Rio Olympic gold medalists.
Reigning world champions Tori Bowie, Kori Carter, Emma Coburn, Phyllis Francis, Justin Gatlin, Sam Kendricks, Brittany Reese and Christian Taylor all received byes into the championships which take place from September 27 to October 6.
This season's Diamond League champions Noah Lyles (200m), Ajee Wilson (800m) and Michael Norman (400m) also received byes.
Meanwhile 100m sprinter Christian Coleman is included in the squad after he recently escaped a drug ban on a technicality.
Coleman risked a suspension after drug-testers were unable to locate him on three separate occasions in a 12-month period.
However the charges against him were withdrawn because of a technicality on September 2 after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) received guidance on how the 12-month window should be calculated.

More News For this Category

Khulna beat Rajshahi in NCL 2nd round

Khulna Division beat Rajshahi Division by seven wickets in the second round of the ongoing National Cricket League (NCL) on Sunday at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna. Resuming their

Liverpool defender Joel Matip signs new deal until summer 2024

Liverpool defender Joel Matip has signed a new long-term deal which will keep him at the club until summer 2024. The 28-year-old Cameroon international has scored two goals in nine

Murray into first semi-final since 2017 Roland Garros

Murray into first semi-final since 2017 Roland Garros

AFP, Belgium :Former world number one Andy Murray reached his first semi-final since the 2017 French Open with a battling three-set win over Romania's Marius Copil in Antwerp on Friday.The

SKS Cup Golf Tournament ends in Rangpur

BSS, Rangpur :The third three-day "SKS Cup Golf Tournament-2019" concluded through a colourful prize distribution function at Rangpur Golf and Country Club (RGCC) auditorium in Rangpur Cantonment here on Friday

BAF Inter Shaheen Hockey Competition concludes

Inter Shaheen Hockey Competition-2019 of the BAF Shaheen Colleges was concluded at the Hockey Turf of BAF Shaheen College Dhaka Saturday.In the final match, BAF Shaheen College Dhaka team clinched

Russia's Beterbiev stops Gvozdyk to unify two titles

Russia's Beterbiev stops Gvozdyk to unify two titles

Russian world champion Artur Beterbiev unified the light heavyweight boxing division on Friday with a 10th-round stoppage of Oleksandr Gvozdyk, extending a remarkable knockout streak and undefeated pro career.Beterbiev knocked

New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) drives to the basket against New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (2) during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York on Friday.

New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (5) drives to the basket against New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball (2) during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York on Friday.

Ottis Gibson likely to team up with Justin Langer as Australia mentor

Ottis Gibson likely to team up with Justin Langer as Australia mentor

After a not so happy end to his stint with South Africa, where he was sacked post the World Cup debacle earlier this year, Ottis Gibson has emerged as a

Henderson blitzes Shanghai to take half-way lead

Brooke Henderson aced the par-three second hole on Friday to ignite an eight-under round of 64 and take a two-stroke lead into the weekend at the Buick LPGA Shanghai.The Canadian

Bodi handed five years imprisonment for spot-fixing

Bodi handed five years imprisonment for spot-fixing

Former South Africa cricketer Gulam Bodi was sentenced to five years imprisonment in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court on Friday (October 18) for his part in South Africa's 2015 domestic