Running: Gatlin, Richards-Ross head US Indoors lineup
ALBUQUERQUE—Justin Gatlin and Sanya Richards-Ross are among the American track stars who will try to book world championship berths at this weekend's US Indoor Track and Field Championships.
While the London Olympics and the upcoming outdoor season are in the minds of many, top US athletes will compete for spots on the squad that will compete in the World Indoor Track and Field Championships next month in Istanbul.
Trell Kimmons at 6.56 and Gatlin at 6.57 are this year's fastest 60 meters qualifiers, while David Oliver leads the 60m hurdles qualifiers at 7.51 with Terrence Trammell next at 7.52.
On the women's side, Tianna Madison has the best 60m entry time in 7.02 while Richards-Ross sets the pace in the 400 at 50.89.
Reigning world high jump champion Jesse Williams and world triple jump champion Christian Taylor will compete in their specialties.
Williams seeks his third US indoor crown in a row while Taylor will face a challenge from Will Claye, each having bested the other 11 times in their head-to-head career meetings.
Claye is set to bid for a long jump crown as well with decathlon world runner-up Ashton Eaton his top rival there.
A quartet of top shot putters—Resse Hoffa, Ryan Whiting, Christian Cantwell and Adam Nelson—will bid for two world indoor spots and try for three Olympic berths in June. All own at least one US Indoor crown.
Hoffa has this year's world best at 21.87m while Cantwell is reigning world indoor champion.
A women's shot put duel is expected between Jillian Camarena-Williams, who was third at last year's world outdoors and set an American record of 19.89m earlier this month, and reigning US outdoor champion Michelle Carter.
Two-time world outdoor long jump champion Brittney Reese will try to win her third US indoor title in four years with defending champion Janay DeLoach in the hunt as well.
Jenn Suhr, the 2008 Beijing Olympic women's pole vault runner-up, will seek a sixth US indoor crown. She took a runner-up spot at the 2008 world indoors. — AFP