Top athletes to watch in 2014 Track & Field Outdoor ChampiionshipLoading
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    Here are the athletes to watch at this week’s USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships: WALTER DIX: Dix, the NCAA record-holder in the 200, won the U.S. outdoor championship in both of the marquee events in 2011, and won the 100 in 2010. The 2008 Olympic Trials champion has the second-fastest American time in the 200: 19.53 seconds.
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    TREY HARDEE: Hardee, a two-time world champion and the NCAA Division I record-holder, won the silver medal at the 2012 Olympics. He was second in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Trials.
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    EVAN JAGER: Jager holds the American record of 8 minutes, 6.81 seconds, and he came close to matching it earlier this month with an 8:06.97 in Norway. He is the 2013 U.S. outdoor champion and he won the 2012 Olympic Trials.
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    BERNARD LAGAT: Lagat, 39, a sentimental favorite, had the fastest time in meet history when he won the 3,000 meters at this year’s U.S. indoor championship, and he holds seven American records. A five-time U.S. outdoor champion in the 5,000 meters, he was second in the 2012 Olympic Trials and won medals in the 2000 and 2004 Games while running for his native Kenya.
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    LaSHAWN MERRITT: Merritt won his event at the world championships in August in Russia in 43.74 seconds, the fifth-fastest 400 time in history, and the 2008 Olympic champion has six of the eight fastest times in the world this season.
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    RYAN WHITING: In March, Whiting won his second indoor world championship with a toss of 72 feet, 4 1/4 inches, and he was second at the 2012 Olympic Trials.
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    CHRISTIAN TAYLOR: The reigning Olympic gold medalist heads a dynamic field that includes Olympic silver medalist Will Claye, who also won Olympic bronze in the long jump.
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    BRIGETTA BARRETT: Barrett, a three-time NCAA champion at Arizona, was the 2012 Olympic Trials runner-up and the silver medalist at the 2012 Olympics and the 2013 world outdoor event. She writes poetry and sings, including the national anthem for the 2013 Fiesta Bowl.
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    BRITTNEY REESE: Reese revels in big meets, with three world outdoor titles, two world indoor championships and the 2012 Olympic gold medal. Her best jump is 23 feet, 9.5 inches.
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    ALLYSON FELIX: Felix is one of the most accomplished sprinters in history and is back in form after a torn hamstring sidelined her for the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. She has four Olympic gold medals and a record eight World Championship gold medals.
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    MICHELLE CARTER: Carter, who holds the American record of 66 feet, 5 inches, is the daughter of 1984 Olympic silver medalist and former 49ers defensive lineman Michael Carter, who might be best remembered here for setting the national high school record at the Golden West Invitational at Sacramento State in 1979.
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    SANYA RICHARDS-ROSS: Richards-Ross, the U.S. record-holder in 48.70 seconds, has recovered from an injury-riddled 2013 after wi
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    JENNY SIMPSON: Simpson, a three-time NCAA champion at Colorado and the American record-holder in the steeplechase, won a gold medal in the 1,500 at the 2011 World Championships and was second last year.
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    SHALANE FLANAGAN: Flanagan is an accomplished runner at all distances. She’s the American indoor record-holder in the 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters and the American outdoor record-holder in the 10,000 meters, and she won the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics. Her parents were successful runners, too, with mother Cheryl Treworgy once holding the world record in the marathon.
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    BRIANNA ROLLINS: Rollins won at the 2013 USA Track & Field Championships in 12.26 seconds, the fourth-fastest time in history, then won the world championship. She has the top time in the world this year at 12.53. (Text by Joe Davidson/Photos from wire services)
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