Team USA World Championships roster notes

07-27-2005

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The Age game

The 2004 Olympic Team, which won more medals (25) than any other U.S. team since 1992, was vaunted for its youth. The 2005 World Outdoor Championships roster continues that trend.

* Men's and women's rosters combined, the overall average of Team USA is 26.41. Average age of the 2004 Olympic Team was 26.9.

*60 of the 132 roster members (45 percent) are age 25 or younger at of the start of the World Championships

* The walks (men's and women's 20 km, men's 50 km) and marathon events contain the oldest members of Team USA, regardless of gender. No athlete competing at 10,000 meters or below is over age 36. Of those athletes, 2003 World Championships silver medalist Sandra Glover is oldest, at 36. Anyone older than 36 is either a walker or a marathoner.

Never ask a woman her age ... except now

* Team USA's women are younger than their Olympic counterparts, averaging 26.59 years of age. The 2004 Olympic team was 27.2.

* Triple jumper Erica McLain is the youngest woman, born January 21, 1986. Olympic silver medalist Allyson Felix (November 18, 1985) and long jumper Tianna Madison (August 30, 1985) also are 19, and Olympic and World Championships relay gold medalist Sanya Richards is 20 (February 26, 1985).

* Women claim the three most senior rosters positions of Team USA, regardless of gender: race walkers Teresa Vaill, 42; and Joanne Dow, 41; and marathoner Jill Boaz, 38

Go North, young men, to Helsinki

* The men's team is even younger than the women's, with an average age of 26.23. The 2004 Olympic Team averaged 26.6.

* The youngest person overall on Team USA is 4x400m relay pool member LaShawn Merritt, whose birthday of June 27, 1986, makes him younger than fellow teen-ager Kerron Clement. Clement is the second-youngest man and fourth-youngest overall. 20-year-olds include 200m runner Wallace Spearmon, 800m runner Kevin Hicks, and 4x400m relay pool member Miles Smith.

* Oldest - er, most experienced - man on the team is 50 km race walker, 1999 World Championships bronze medalist Curt Clausen, 37 (October 9, 1967).

Voice of experience

Despite the team's relative youth, 27 athletes own a total of 36 Olympic medals between them, including individual gold medalists Justin Gatlin, Shawn Crawford, Dwight Phillips, Allen Johnson, Maurice Greene, Nick Hysong, Jeremy Wariner, Joanna Hayes and Stacy Dragila.

On the World championships level, 16 have combined for 29 medals. Five of those athletes are individual gold winners: Allen Johnson (four gold), John Capel, Dwight Phillips, John Godina (three gold), Maurice Greene (three individual gold) and Stacy Dragila (two gold).

Leading the world

As of July 25, eight athletes had world-leading marks in their events thus far in 2005. Men's world leaders are Wallace Spearmon (200m, 19.89), Jeremy Wariner (400m, 44.20), Kerron Clement (400m hurdles, 47.24), Dwight Phillips (LJ, 8.47m/27-9.5), and John Godina (SP, 22.20m/72-10).

Women's world leaders are Allyson Felix (200m, 22.13), Sanya Richards (400m, 49.28) and Michelle Perry (100m hurdles, 12.43), and Erin Gilreath.

Geography lesson

It's no surprise that the nation's most populous state also fields the most members of Team USA. Thirty (30) athletes - or 23 percent of the roster - currently reside in California. The next most popular states of residents among Team USA are North Carolina and Texas with nine each, Florida and Georgia with seven andArizona and Tennessee with six.

Four cities each have five athletes residing in them: Knoxville, Tenn.; Raleigh, N.C.; Gainesville, Fla.; and Baton Rouge, La. In fact, Baton Rouge accounts for all Louisiana residents on the team.

Double Trouble

Two athletes on Team USA will be competing in more than one individual event: triple Olympic medalist Justin Gatlin will run the 100 and 200, after becoming the first man in 20 years to win both events at the USA Outdoor Championships; and two-time Olympic Walter Davis will contest both the long and triple jumps.