News12 May 2017

USA announces marathon squad for IAAF World Championships London 2017


USA's Amy Cragg (nee Hastings) in action at the IAAF World Championships (© Getty Images)

Members of the US marathon squad have been named for the IAAF World Championships London 2017.

On the men’s side, the team will be represented by Abdi Abdirahman, Bobby Curtis and Augustus Maiyo. For the women, Serena Burla, Amy Cragg and Laura Thweatt will don the red, white and blue in London.

Abdirahman and Cragg were both members of the 2012 Olympic team, while Cragg finished ninth in her first Olympic marathon in Rio.

All six team members have previous IAAF championship event experience, with Burla the only competitor who has IAAF World Championships experience in the marathon under her belt, finishing 10th at the 2015 edition in Beijing. Abdirahman will participate in his fourth IAAF World Championships and Cragg will compete in her third, both having previously participated in the distance track events at the World Championships.

The remaining three athletes are participating in their first IAAF World Championships, but two have IAAF World Cross Country Championships experience. Curtis is a three-time IAAF World Cross Country Championships team member and Thweatt participated in the 2015 edition in Guiyang. Maiyo was the top US finisher at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in 2012 in Kavarna, Bulgaria.

The men’s and women’s marathons will both be held on Sunday 6 August. The men will toe the line at 10:55 local time and the women at 14:00.

With the backdrop of the start of the races provided by the historic Tower of London, the route will comprise four laps of a 10km course on closed roads, heading west along Victoria Embankment towards the Houses of Parliament, then back alongside the River Thames to St Paul’s Cathedral, and returning to the Tower of London.

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US marathon team for IAAF World Championships London 2017

Men: Abdi Abdirahman, Bobby Curtis, Augustus Maiyo

Women: Serena Burla, Amy Cragg, Laura Thweatt