N.C. A&T’s Chris Belcher to represent U.S. at World Championships

Fred Jeter | 6/30/2017, 6:39 a.m.
Chris Belcher won NCAA Division I All-American recognition with A&T scripted across his chest. That’s short for North Carolina A&T ...
Chris Belcher

Chris Belcher won NCAA Division I All-American recognition with A&T scripted across his chest.

That’s short for North Carolina A&T State University, where Belcher is a rising senior.

For his next race, his running jersey — in red, white and blue — will read “USA.”

Belcher will represent the United States at the World Championships Aug. 4 through 13 in London.

The Aggie qualified for London by taking third place in the 100 meters in 10.06 seconds at the U.S. Championships on June 24. Belcher finished behind Justin Gatlin (9.95) and Chris Coleman (9.98).

The three Americans will challenge Usain Bolt in London in what figures to be a dramatic showdown of the globe’s elite sprinters.

Bolt, 30, has announced the World Championships will be his final meet.

The Jamaican megastar is the world record holder in the 100 meters (9.58) and 200 meters(19.19). He also has won eight Olympic gold medals in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4x100 relay.

Belcher, a native of Long Island, N.Y., is passing up his final season of eligibility at North Carolina A&T to turn pro under NIKE sponsorship.