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World Indoor Championships Combined Events, Relay Fields Announced

The IAAF has announced the fields for the combined events and relays for next week's World Indoor Championships in Portland.

Ashton Eaton: IAAF World Indoor
Ashton Eaton of USA in action

The IAAF has announced the fields for the combined events and relays for next week’s World Indoor Championships in Portland.

The combined events fields, which are the pentathlon for the women and the heptathlon for the men, will each have 12 athletes in the respective competition, an increase in competitors for this year’s championships.

According to the IAAF, the invites for the combined events for Portland 2016 were based on the marks from the 2015 IAAF Combined Events Challenge, last year’s outdoor world season lists, this year’s indoor lists, as well as one wild card.

Much of the spotlight on the men’s side is expected to come from Ashton Eaton, the World and Olympic decathlon champion who is based in Oregon.

Eaton, who owns the decathlon outdoor world record and world indoor championship best marks, will be hunting his third consecutive world indoor heptathlon title, having won crowns in 2012 and 2014.

The American set the world indoor championship standard of 6645 points in 2012.

He will be joined by fellow countryman Curtis Beach, Jorge Urena of Spain, Mathias Brugger of Germany and Kurt Felix of Grenada, to name a few.

Meanwhile, his wife, Canadian Brianne Theisen-Eaton will go in search of her first global title when she lines up in the women’s pentathlon against 11 other competitors.

Alina Fodorova and Anastasiya Mokhnyuk of Ukraine, Americans Kendell Williams and Barbara Nwaba and Jamaica’s Salcia Slack.

Meanwhile, the IAAF has also revealed the entries for the men’s and women’s 4x400m.

Leading the way on the women’s side are USA and Jamaica, with Nigeria, Poland, Romania and Ukraine also invited.

On the men’s side, the United States, Jamaica, Bahamas, Belgium and Trinidad and Tobago lead the way in the hunt for the gold medal.

Released By IAAF

Heptathlon Competitors
Curtis Beach (USA)
Larbi Bourrada (ALG)
Mathias Brugger (GER)
Ashton Eaton (USA)
Kurt Felix (GRN)
Adam Sebastian Helcelet (CZE)
Oleksiy Kasyanov (UKR)
Jeremy Lelievre (FRA)
Tim Nowak (GER)
Petter Olson (SWE)
Samuel Remedios (POR)
Jorge Urena (ESP)

Pentathlon Competitors
Makeba Alcide (LCA)
Katerina Cachova (CZE)
Georgia Ellenwood (CAN)
Alina Fodorova (UKR)
Morgan Lake (GBR)
Celina Leffler (GER)
Anastasiya Mokhnyuk (UKR)
Barbara Nwaba (USA)
Salcia Slack (JAM)
Brianne Theisen-Eaton (CAN)
Kendell Williams (USA)
Gyorgyi Zsivoczky-Farkas (HUN)

4x400m Relay Fields

South Africa
Trinidad and Tobago
United States

United States

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