Thirteen New York members competing at World Championships in London

8/4/2017
 
 

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The IAAF World Championships today Friday (4-Aug) in London. Thirteen members of USATF New York are scheduled to compete in the championships that will run through Sunday (13-Aug).  Eight (8) of the athletes are representing Team USA with one each representing Antiqua, Ghana, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago and the Virginia Islands.
 
Athletes currently residing in the New York area that are competing in London are; Deajah Stevens (Sleepy Hollow), Johnny Gregorek (Tarrytown), Ashley Kelly (Brooklyn), Winston George (Brooklyn), Lalonde Gordon (Queens), Nadia Eke (New York), and Tahir Walsh (Bronx).
 
Stevens, who finished seventh at the 2016 Olympics in the 200m, will represent the U.S. in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay   At the USATF Championships in June, the 22 year old won the 200m and finished second in the 100m.  
 
Gregorek, a member of the Hoka NJNYTC and a 2014 Columbia University graduate, will compete in the 1500m.  This is his first international team. He finished third at the USATF Championships in June to earn his spot on the London team.
 
Kelly, who will represent the Virgin Islands and served as her countries flag bearer during the opening ceremonies at last year’s Rio games, will compete in the 400m in London. Kelly holds 6 national records for British Virgin Islands including a new national record in the 400m of 51.63 set in early July in Miami. In April she was a member of the 4x200m relay finalist team at World Relays. 
 
Kelly is a member of the Central Park Track Club - New Balance (CPTC-NB). She will be joined in London by CPTC-NB teammates Winston George (Guyana), Nadia Eke (Ghana), and Tahir Walsh (Antiqua).  George will compete in both the 400m and 200m. He is this year’s top ranked South American in the 400m and the reigning South American champion. He previously competed at the Rio and London Olympics for Guyana.
 
Eke will compete in the triple jump. Eke was the gold medalist at the African Championships in June. Eke was also this year’s IAAF World Indoor Tour Runner-up in the triple jump. This will be Eke’s first World Championships.
 
African Champion Nadie Eke will compete in the triple jump. Eke earned her spot to compete in London by winning the 2016 African Championships bringing home one of Ghana’s first ever gold medals for a female athlete. Eke was also this year’s IAAF World Indoor Tour Runner-up in the triple jump. This will be Eke’s first World Championships.
 
Walsh will compete on the 4x100m relay for Antigua. Walsh was also on Antigua’s 4x100m relay at the Rio Olympics. Walsh won this year’s Eastern Caribbean Championships in the 200 meters and previously was the gold medalist in the 100 meters at the Commonwealth Youth Games.
 
Brooklyn native Natasha Hastings (Locust Grove, Ga.) will compete in the women’s 4x400m relay for Team USA. Hastings, a 2004 graduate of A. Philip Randolph Campus High School has maintained ties to the metropolitan area as a member of the New York Athletic Club.  She represented the U.S. at the Rio Games last year finishing fourth in the 400m and running the second leg on the gold medal winning 4x400m relay.  
 
Hasting’s NYAC teammate, Lalonde Gordon will represent Trinidad & Tobago.  He was born in Tobago and moved to Queens at the age of seven.  He competed in track at an early age but then gave it up at the age of 15.  He was re-introduced to the sport six years later while attending Mohawk Valley Community College.  Gordon is the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist in the 400m and 4x400m relay. He will return to London, the site of his bronze medal performances, to again compete in the 400m and 4x400m relay.
 
Hastings and Gordon will be joined in London by fellow NYAC teammates: Gwendolyn Berry (Oxford, Miss.) in the hammer throw, Michelle Carter (Ovilla, Texas) in the shot put, Gia Lewis-Smallwood (Alexis, IL) in the discus throw,  Miranda Melville (San Diego, Calf.) in the 20 km race walk, and DeAnna Price (DeSoto, IL) in the hammer throw.  Carter is the reigning Olympic champion and holds the American record in the shot put.

While not a current USATF New York member, Queens native Dalilah Muhammad, is the favorite in the women's 400m hurdles.  Muhammad is a 2008 graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo High School.  At last year's Rio Games she won the gold medal and at the USATF championships in June ran 52.64, the #6 performance all-time in the event.
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