Sanya Richards-Ross (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
INDIANAPOLIS — Team USA’s roster is set for the inaugural IAAF World Relays Championships, contested Saturday and Sunday, May 24-25 at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas.
A total of 55 athletes comprise the relay pools that will represent the red, white and blue at the event, which airs live on Universal Sports from 6:30-9:00 p.m. ET on both days of competition.
The first competition of its kind, the IAAF World Relays Championships consist of the 4×100, 4×200, 4×400, 4×800 and 4×1500 relays on both the men’s and women’s sides. Scheduled for primetime, the World Relays provide the only major world championship for the 2014 outdoor season.
The men’s and women’s 4×400-meter relay pools are especially impressive, with 2013 World Champions Tony McQuay, LaShawn Merritt, and David Verburg in the pool, as well as Olympic gold medalist triple jumper Christian Taylor, an accomplished quartermiler at the University of Florida, NCAA Champion Torrin Lawrence and Clayton Parros, who was a member of the 4×4 pool at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland.
On the women’s side, Olympic gold medalists Natasha Hastings, Sanya Richards-Ross and Dee Dee Trotter are in the relay pool, as well as two-time World medalists Joanna Atkins, Jessica Beard and Monica Hargrove.
Nearly 50 nations are sending teams to Nassau for the World Relays, which is expected to qualify some teams for the 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.
The official hashtag for the event is #WorldRelays.
(From USA Track and Field Press Release)