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U.S. roster announced for IAAF World Relays

Sanya Richards-Ross

on day one of the 2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium on June 20, 2013 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Christian Petersen

Olympic 400m champions Sanya Richards-Ross and LaShawn Merritt lead the U.S. team for the first IAAF World Relays, May 24-25 in Nassau, Bahamas.

USA Track and Field named 55 athletes Tuesday for the event, which will air live on Universal Sports from 6:30-9 p.m. both nights.

The World Relays consist of 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400m, 4x800m and 4x1500m races for men and women. The top U.S. competition in the sprints should be Jamaica, which has yet to announce its roster.

Here are notable U.S. roster members:

Marvin Bracy -- 4x100m
Walter Dix -- 4x200m
Leo Manzano -- 4x1500m
LaShawn Merritt -- 4x400m
Sanya Richards-Ross -- 4x400m
Christian Taylor -- 4x400m

Absent from the list are 2012 Olympic 100m bronze medalist Justin Gatlin, 100m silver medalist Carmelita Jeter and 200m gold medalist Allyson Felix as well as the suspended Tyson Gay.

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