Bolt head­lines Ja­maica’s World Championship team

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KINGSTON: Sprint su­per­star Usain Bolt is one of three Rio Olympic gold medal­ists lead­ing a 59-strong Ja­maican team named Mon­day for next month’s ath­let­ics World Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don. Bolt has said he in­tends to run the 100m and the 4x100m re­lay at the worlds, his fi­nal event be­fore re­tir­ing.

He’s one of two reign­ing world cham­pi­ons, along with sprint hur­dler Danielle Williams, who will be de­fend­ing ti­tles they won in China two years go. Elaine Thomp­son, who won the Olympic Sprint dou­ble last year in Rio, and Omar McLeodthe first man for the Caribbean is­land to win Olympic 110m hur­dles gold-are also in the team pub­lished by the Ja­maica Ath­let­ics Ad­min­is­tra­tive As­so­ci­a­tion.

The team also in­cludes sprint hur­dler Hansle Parch­ment, shot put­ter O’Dayne Richards and 400m run­ner Sh­er­icka Jack­son-all in­di­vid­ual medal­ists in Bei­jing two years ago. Fedrick Dacres, the sec­ond ranked male dis­cus thrower in the world, will at­tend his sec­ond World Cham­pi­onships.

Mean­while, cham­pion hur­dler Sally Pear­son and walker Jared Tal­lent head­lined a 48-strong Aus­tralian team an­nounced yes­ter­day for next month’s world ath­let­ics cham­pi­onships in Lon­don. The coun­try’s largest world ti­tle squad since Seville in 1999 in­cludes 20 debu­tants from the Olympic Games in Rio last year.

“It en­sures that we are likely to see a com­pet­i­tive few months ahead as ath­letes seek nom­i­na­tion for se­lec­tion to the Aus­tralia Com­mon­wealth Games Team,” Ath­let­ics Aus­tralia said. The Com­mon­wealth Games next year are on home soil at the Gold Coast. Aus­tralia won two sil­vers at the last world cham­pi­onships in Bei­jing two years ago-Tal­lent in the 50km walk and Fabrice Lapierre in the long jump.

Aus­tralia squad: Men

400m: Steven Solomon 800m: Peter Bol 1500m: Ryan Greg­son, Luke Mathews 5000m: Mor­gan McDon­ald, Sam McEn­tee, Pa­trick Tier­nan 10000m: Pa­trick Tier­nan 110m hur­dles: Ni­cholas Hough Long Jump: Henry Frayne, Fabrice Lapierre Pole Vault: Kur­tis Marschall Shot Put: Damien Birken­head Javelin: Hamish Pea­cock De­cathlon: Cedric Dubler 20km walk: Dane Bird-Smith, Rhy­dian Cow­ley 50km walk: Jared Tal­lent Marathon: Jack Col­reavy, Josh Har­ris, Brad Milo­se­vic 4x100m Re­lay: Nick An­drews, Ro­han Brown­ing, Tom Gam­ble, Alex Hart­mann, Trae

Williams Women

200m: Ella Nel­son 400m: Mor­gan Mitchell 800m: Ge­or­gia Grif­fith 1500m: Zoe Buck­man, Ge­or­gia Grif­fith, Lin­den Hall 5000m: Made­line Hills, Eloise Wellings 10000m: Made­line Hills, Eloise Wellings 100m hur­dles: Sally Pear­son 400m hur­dles: Lau­ren Wells 3000m steeple­chase: Genevieve La Caze Long Jump: Brooke Strat­ton Dis­cus: Dani Stevens Javelin: Kathryn Mitchell, Kelsey-Lee Roberts 20km walk: Re­gan Lam­ble, Beki Smith, Claire Tal­lent Marathon: Milly Clark, Sinead Diver, Jess Tren­gove 4x400m re­lay: Ella Con­nolly, Mor­gan Mitchell, Ella Nel­son, An­neliese Ru­bie, Jess Thorn­ton, Lau­ren Wells.

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