Former The Bowerman Winners & Finalists Ready For IAAF World Championships

Former winners of The Bowerman have been a successful fixture at the past three iterations of the IAAF World Championships.

Since 2011, those men and women who hoisted the 35-pound award at the annual USTFCCCA Convention combined for seven individual titles and 12 medals at the biennial meet.

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The most decorated of all former winners of The Bowerman at the IAAF World Championships is Ashton Eaton. The 2010 men’s winner earned three medals, including gold in 2013 and 2015 – the latter of which he received after setting the current decathlon world record.

Gold medals have also gone to 2009 women’s winner Jenny Barringer (1500 in 2011), 2011 women’s winner Jessica Beard (4×400 in 2011), 2013 men’s winner Derek Drouin (high jump in 2013) and 2013 women’s winner Brianna Rollins (100 hurdles in 2013).

Medalists also include 2011 men’s winner Ngoni Makusha and 2014 men’s winner Deon Lendore. Makusha nabbed bronze in the long jump at the 2011 Championships, while Lendore was part of the runner-up 4×400 relay team in 2015.

The 2017 IAAF World Championships get underway Friday, August 4, in London and five former winners of The Bowerman can add to the already impressive medal count: Rupp, Barringer, 2012 women’s winner Kimberlyn Duncan, Drouin, 2015 men’s winner Marquis Dendy and 2016 men’s winner Jarrion Lawson.

Simpson (nee Barringer), who won bronze in the 1500 at the Rio Olympic Games, gets things underway on Friday when she will contest that same event in London.

Duncan is entered in the 200 and owns the 10th fastest time of the season at 22.54.

Drouin will hope to replicate his 2013 and 2016 success in the high jump where he won a world championship and a gold medal at the Olympic Games, respectively.

An injury forced Dendy to sit out the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, so you bet he’s champing at the bit to compete on the world stage in the long jump. The last time Dendy went up against the best in the world, he won a gold medal at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships.

Lawson narrowly missed out on his first world medal in Rio last August in the long jump and is back for vengeance this time around.

Former finalists of The Bowerman will also be in contention in London, namely Shawn Barber and two-time Olympic gold medalist Christian Taylor, who are back to defend their individual titles from 2015.

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