June 29, 2018 / 10:59 PM / in 5 months

Athletics: Kendricks and Price lead U.S. team to track's World Cup

Athletics - IAAF Diamond League - Golden Gala - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - May 31, 2018 Sam Kendricks of the U.S in action during the Men's pole vault REUTERS/Tony Gentile

(Reuters) - World pole vault champion Sam Kendricks and national hammer throw record holder DeAnna Price will lead a U.S. team missing many top stars at next month’s Athletics World Cup in London.

The team, announced on Friday by USA Track & Field, also will include current indoor women’s 400m champion Courtney Okolo, former indoor high jump gold medallist Vashti Cunningham and Olympic 800m bronze medallist Clayton Murphy.

But top U.S. sprinters Justin Gatlin, Noah Lyles, Christian Coleman and Ronnie Baker as well as pole vaulter Sandi Morris and Shakima Wimbley, the year’s fastest at 400m, will miss the July 14-15 competition at London Stadium.

Britain, China, France, Germany, Jamaica, Poland, South Africa and the United States will compete in the first-ever Athletics World Cup.

They will contest running events through the 1,500m and all field events with one entry per country.

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina, editing by Neil Robinson

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