(Reuters) A world-class group of jumpers, shot putters and women's hurdlers should have American athletes heading to the podium often at August's world championships in London.
Double Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor and fellow Rio gold medalists Ryan Crouser, Dalilah Muhammad and Tianna Bartoletta, plus hurdles world record holder Keni Harrison and Aries Merritt, all qualified at the cutthroat U.S. championships that concluded on Sunday.
"It looks entirely possible that Team USA could match its impressive Rio (Olympic) tally in August," international athletics expert Mel Watman told Reuters.
The Americans won 13 gold medals in Rio after under performing at the last world championships in Beijing two years ago with just six.
One-two punches in the triple jump, men's and women's shot put, women's long jump and women's 400 meters hurdles plus strong showings in the relays could all produce gold for the U.S. in London, Watman said.
But the Americans, who love their sprints, will likely face major roadblocks in the men's events even though they have the year's fastest at 100 meters (Christian Coleman, 9.82 seconds) and 400 (Fred Kerley, 43.70).