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Felix gets relay nod, heads to 10th worlds

Seven-times Olympic gold medallist Allyson Felix has been named in her 10th world championship team, where she will have a chance to run in the mixed relay event and add to her record medal collection.

Felix, whose 18 medals are the most in world-championship history, has announced that this will be her final season in track. At last month’s US championships, she finished sixth in the 400 meters and did not qualify for any individual events.

But the 36-year-old was named to the mixed relay pool on Tuesday when USA Track and Field released its 151-person roster for the worlds, which run from July 15-24 in Eugene, Oregon.

“We have been given the unique opportunity to impact the track and field landscape in the US, and we’ve put our best team forward,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said in a written statement.

Missing from the roster was Sha’Carri Richardson, who failed to qualify for the finals of either the 100 or 200 meters at nationals. Richardson won the women’s 100 at Olympic trials last year but was banned from the Games after testing positive for a substance found in marijuana.

The US will send nine reigning world champions and 29 medallists from Tokyo to the first world championships on American soil. Among those is Christian Coleman, banned from the Olympics after a case involving missed doping tests but ready to mount a title defence in the men’s 100m.

Reigning 200 metres champion Noah Lyles will get to compete alongside his brother, Josephus, after the latter was named to the men’s 4x100m relay pool.

Women’s 400m title-holder Dalilah Muhammad will get to renew her rivalry with Olympic champion and world record-holder Sydney McLaughlin.

Four-times consecutive world champion Christian Taylor, who suffered a complete rupture in his right Achilles last year, derailing his hopes of competing in Tokyo, will contend in the triple jump.

Other reigning champions include Nia Ali in the women’s 100m hurdles, Donavan Brazier in the men’s 800m, Grant Holloway in the men’s 100m hurdles, Joe Kovacs in the men’s shot put and DeAnna Price in the women’s hammer.

With Reuters.

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