August 30, 2019 / 9:14 PM / 5 months ago

De Grasse, Warner head Canadian world team

FILE PHOTO: Athletics - Diamond League - London Anniversary Games Press Conference - Leonardo Royal Hotel, London, Britain - July 19, 2019 Canada's Andre De Grasse during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

(Reuters) - Triple Olympic sprint medallist Andre De Grasse and decathlete Damian Warner headline a 49-member Canadian team for next month’s world championships, Athletics Canada announced on Friday.

De Grasse, who will compete in the 100 and 200 and 4x100 metres relay, won medals in all three events at the 2016 Rio Olympics, taking silver in the 200m and bronze in the 100m and 4x100m relay.

Warner was the Olympic bronze medallist and has the year’s leading score of 8,711 points. He is expected to be French world record holder Kevin Mayer’s biggest challenger as the Sept. 27-Oct. 6 championships in Doha.

Top Canadian women include pole vaulter Alysha Newman and 1,500m runner Gabriela DeBues-Stafford.

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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