Aug. 9, 2013
Thanks to a last-minute addition to Team USA, the University of Tennessee will have six current or former athletes competing at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.
Former UT standout Sarah Bowman Brown learned earlier this week that she will compete in the 1,500-meter run the national championships. She join former men's Tennessee stars Justin Gatlin (100, 4x100 relay) and Aries Merritt (110 hurdles) on the American team.
Rising All-American junior Jamol James will represent Trinidad & Tobago in the 4x100 relay. On the women's side, Patricia Hall (Jamaica) is entered in the 200 and Jackie Areson (Australia) in the 5,000.
The IAAF World Championships begin Saturday at Luzhniki Stadium. The meet ends Aug. 18.
Brown has a quick turnaround for her race. She was added to the U.S. roster Thursday and is scheduled to run in the 1,500 meters, which starts on Sunday. She replaced U.S. champion Treniere Moser, who pulled out of the meet with a hamstring injury.
A nine-time distance running All-American at Tennessee, Brown had placed sixth in the event at the U.S. Championships in June but has an IAAF "A" standard in the event from earlier this year.
Gatlin will again be among the top competitors in the 100-meter dash. The 2004 Olympic Champion in the event, Gatlin is looking for his second career IAAF World Championship title in the 100. He last won it in 2005. The 31-year old upset world-record holder Usain Bolt in the race at the Golden Gala in Rome two months ago.
Merritt is coming off a banner 2012 year in which he won the Olympic gold in the 110 hurdles and also set the world record in the event (12.80 seconds).
IAAF World Championships
Jackie Areson (Australia) - 5,000 meters
Sarah Bowman Brown (USA) - 1,500 meters
Justin Gatlin (USA) - 100 meters, 4x100 relay
Patricia Hall (Jamaica) - 200 meters
Jamol James (Trinidad & Tobago) - 4x100 relay
Aries Merritt (USA) - 110 meter hurdles