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U.S. roster for world track and field championships

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Veterans Allyson Felix and Justin Gatlin and rising stars Christian ColemaenNoah Lyles and Michael Norman headline the U.S. roster for the world track and field championships that start next week.

While most athletes clinched spots at the USATF Outdoor Championships in July, the roster could not be completed until after the Diamond League season concluded two weeks ago. Diamond League Finals champions, in some cases, picked up extra roster spots for the U.S.

The U.S. has the fastest man in the 100m, 200m and 400m this year in Coleman, Lyles and Norman, plus the Diamond League 800m champion in Donavan Brazier.

Felix, coming back from November childbirth, will compete at a ninth worlds, breaking the U.S. record she shared with high jumper Amy Acuff. Felix was sixth in the 400m at nationals, putting her on the team for relays only.

Blake Leeper, the Paralympian who placed fifth in the men’s 400m, is not on the team. Leeper’s prosthetics have not been cleared by the IAAF for competition against able-bodied runners.

The full roster:

Men
100m
Christian Coleman
Mike Rodgers
Chris Belcher
Justin Gatlin
Cravon Gillespie (relay only)

200m
Noah Lyles
Christian Coleman
Rodney Rowe
Kenny Bednarek

400m
Fred Kerley
Michael Norman
Nathan Strother
Vernon Norwood
Michael Cherry (relay only)
Tyrell Richard (relay only)
Wil London (relay only)
Obichukwu Igbokwe (relay only)

800m
Donavan Brazier
Clayton Murphy
Bryce Hoppel
Brandon Kidder

1500m
Craig Engels
Matthew Centrowitz
Ben Blankenship

5000m
Paul Chelimo
Hassan Mead
Ben True

10,000m
Lopez Lomong
Shadrack Kipchirchir
Leonard Korir

110m Hurdles
Daniel Roberts
Grant Holloway
Devon Allen

400m Hurdles
Rai Benjamin
TJ Holmes
Amere Lattin

3000m Steeplechase
Hillary Bor
Stanley Kebenei
Andy Bayer

High Jump
Jeron Robinson
Shelby McEwen
Keenon Laine

Pole Vault
Sam Kendricks
Cole Walsh
KC Lightfoot
Zach Bradford

Long Jump
Trumaine Jefferson
Jeff Henderson
Steffin McCarter

Triple Jump
Donald Scott
Will Claye
Omar Craddock
Christian Taylor

Shot Put
Ryan Crouser
Joe Kovacs
Darrell Hill

Discus
Sam Mattis
Brian Williams
Mason Finley

Hammer
Conor McCullough
Rudy Winkler
Daniel Haugh

Javelin
Michael Shuey
Riley Dolezal

Decathlon
Devon Williams
Solomon Simmons
Harrison Williams

Women
100m
Teahna Daniels
English Gardner
Morolake Akinosun
Tori Bowie
Kiara Parker (relay only)
Caitland Smith (relay only)

200m
Dezerea Bryant
Brittany Brown
Angie Annelus

400m
Shakima Wimbley
Kendall Ellis
Wadeline Jonathas
Phyllis Francis
Courtney Okolo (relay only)
Jessica Beard (relay only)
Allyson Felix (relay only)
Jasmine Blocker (relay only)

800m
Ajee Wilson
Hanna Green
Raevyn Rogers
Ce’Aira Brown

1500m
Shelby Houlihan
Jenny Simpson
Nikki Hiltz

5000m
Karissa Schweizer
Elinor Purrier
Rachel Schneider

10,000m
Molly Huddle
Emily Sisson
Marielle Hall

100m Hurdles
Keni Harrison
Nia Ali
Brianna McNeal

400m Hurdles
Dalilah Muhammad
Sydney McLaughlin
Ashley Spencer
Kori Carter

3000m Steeplechase
Emma Coburn
Courtney Frerichs
Colleen Quigley
Allie Ostrander

High Jump
Vashti Cunningham
Inika McPherson
Tynita Butts

Pole Vault
Sandi Morris
Katie Nageotte
Jenn Suhr

Long Jump
Brittney Reese
Jasmine Todd
Shakeela Saunders
Tori Bowie

Triple Jump
Keturah Orji
Tori Franklin

Shot Put
Chase Ealey
Michelle Carter
Maggie Ewen

Discus
Valarie Allman
Kelsey Card
Laulauga Tausaga

Hammer
DeAnna Price
Gwen Berry
Brooke Andersen

Javelin
Ariana Ince
Kara Winger

20km Racewalk
Maria Michta Coffey

50km Racewalk
Katie Burnett

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Katie Ledecky wins race by 30 seconds, takes back No. 1 ranking

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In her last race of the year, Katie Ledecky ensured she would finish 2019 as the world’s fastest 1500m freestyler.

Ledecky clocked 15:35.98 at the U.S. Open in Atlanta, winning the longest event on the Olympic pool program by 29.97 seconds. Typical for Ledecky, who owns the nine fastest times in history. This one came in at No. 8. Full meet results are here.

Ledecky scratched the 1500m free final at the summer world championships due to illness. Italian Simona Quadarella went on to win that title in 15:40.89, which was the world’s fastest time this year until Saturday night.

“I didn’t have time on my mind at all today. I just wanted to have a consistent swim,” Ledecky, undefeated in 1500m free finals for nine years, said on NBCSN. “That’s probably the best mile that I’ve had in a while.”

The women’s 1500m freestyle debuts at the Olympics in Tokyo. Ledecky is expected to add that to her Rio Olympic individual lineup of 200m, 400m and 800m frees, assuming she is top two in each event at the June Olympic trials.

In other events Saturday, Erika Brown handed Simone Manuel a rare defeat in the 100m freestyle. Brown, a University of Tennessee senior, clocked 53.42 and lowered her personal best by .71 between prelims and the final. Brown moved from sixth to fourth in the U.S. rankings this year, upping her stock as a contender to make the Olympic 4x100m free relay pool via a top-six finish at trials.

Brown previously lowered her personal best in the 50m free on Thursday. She ranks third in the U.S. this year in that event.

Emily Escobedo dealt Lilly King a rare domestic defeat in the 200m breaststroke. Escobedo lowered her personal best by .87 and clocked 2:22.00, moving to seventh fastest in the world this year and remaining fourth among Americans.

In the men’s 200m breast, Olympic champion Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakhstan was beaten by Cody Miller, the Olympic 100m breast silver medalist. Both were slower than their best times this year.

The next significant swim meet is a Tyr Pro Series stop in Knoxville, Tenn., from Jan. 16-19.

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Mikaela Shiffrin runner-up in Lake Louise downhill

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LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (AP) — Here’s a scary thought for her competition: Mikaela Shiffrin is still getting comfortable with the intensity and the speed of the downhill.

That’s why podium finishes are still a little surprising even to her.

The American three-time overall World Cup champion finished runner-up to Nicole Schmidhofer of Austria in a downhill race Saturday. Schmidhofer cruised through the course in 1 minute, 49.92 seconds to edge Shiffrin by 0.13 seconds. Francesca Marsaglia of Italy wound up third.

Schmidhofer has four career World Cup wins, with three of them arriving at Lake Louise.

Known as a tech specialist, Shiffrin is steadily getting up to speed in the speed events. This was Shiffrin’s fourth career World Cup podium finish in the downhill, which includes a Lake Louise win in 2017.

So, does Shiffrin anticipate this kind of downhill success?

“No, no, no,” the 24-year-old from Colorado said. “It’s certainly not normal (for a downhill podium). Even racing downhill doesn’t feel normal. But I feel every year like I have more experience and get more comfortable.”

Shiffrin currently sits at 62 World Cup wins, which ties her with Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proell for second-most on the women’s side. Lindsey Vonn had 82 wins before her retirement.

“I’m certainly more comfortable with the long skis,” Shiffrin said of downhill racing. “Right now, it’s enjoying it, because speed is a little bit extra for me. My goal is to be able to succeed in speed as well. It’s making the transition and trying to have fun with it.”

Czech Republic skier and snowboarder Ester Ledecka finished fourth Saturday. She was the surprise winner of Friday’s season-opening downhill, which was delayed and shortened by heavy snowfall on the mountain. The race Saturday was restored to its full length.

Next up, a super-G on Sunday.

“It’s always been a little bit tricky for me from downhill skis to super-G skis and to change the timing a little bit,” Shiffrin said. “I’m going to have fun.”

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