IAAF World Championships 2017: Usain Bolt, Elaine Thompson to lead strong Jamaican team's charge

The Jamaican team have started their warm-up camp in Birmingham and will aim to improve on the 12 medals secured at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing.

Reuters July 25, 2017 12:17:54 IST
IAAF World Championships 2017: Usain Bolt, Elaine Thompson to lead strong Jamaican team's charge

Kingston: Usain Bolt is among three Olympic champions leading a strong Jamaican team at the athletics World Championships in London next month.

Bolt will chase his fourth successive 100 metres world title and a fifth consecutive 4x100m relay gold at the 4-14 August meeting, his last international competition.

IAAF World Championships 2017 Usain Bolt Elaine Thompson to lead strong Jamaican teams charge

Jamaica's Usain Bolt at the men's 100m race at the IAAF Diamond League Athletics meeting. AP

Olympic double sprint champion Elaine Thompson and Omar Mcleod, who won Jamaica's first 110m hurdles gold at the Rio Games, were also included in the 59-member squad announced by the Jamaica's athletics administration (JAAA) on Monday.

Hansle Parchment, who won 110m hurdles silver at the last world championships in Beijing, and rising star Ronald Levy join World leader Mcleod in the event.

Reigning 100m hurdles world champion Danielle Williams, who set a new personal best of 12.56 seconds to win the Jamaican title last month, was also included, along with Olympic and world 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson.

The Jamaican team have started their warm-up camp in Birmingham and will aim to improve on the 12 medals secured at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing.

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