Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Five with Washington ties officially announced on Team USA roster for Rio...

INDIANAPOLIS—One day following the conclusion of the US Olympic Track & Field Trials at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon, USA Track & Field announced Monday the 126 athletes who will represent the country at this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next month.

The roster includes 47 athletes (24 men, 23 women) who already have individual and/or relay global medals, with three who are individual world record holders, and 19 American record holders.

84 athletes on the roster are first-time Olympians, including Renton’s Jeremy Taiwo (left/photo by Paul Merca) in the decathlon, University Place resident Andrea Geubelle in the triple jump, and former Puyallup resident Hassan Mead in the 5000.

Those three join Olympic veterans Bernard Lagat (5000m) and Kara Winger (javelin) on the squad headed to Rio. The 41 year old Lagat is the veteran of Team USA, as he makes his fifth appearance at the Olympics (2 for Kenya, 3 for USA).

Whyte finished third at the Canadian championships on Sunday in Edmonton in 13.06, but had the Olympic qualifying standard of 12.85, which she ran in Edmonton on June 26th.

Other athletes with Washington ties already selected by their federations for the Olympics include Justine Fedronic of Seattle (France, 800m), University of Washington grad Diamara Planell Cruz (Puerto Rico/pole vault), and Federal Way’s Jordin Andrade (Cape Verde/400H).

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