July 11, 2016 / 9:28 PM / a year ago

World champions Barber and Drouin lead Canadian team

(Reuters) - World champions Shawn Barber and Derek Drouin and heptathlon favorite Brianne Theisen-Eaton headline a 65-member Canadian athletics team for the Rio Olympics announced on Monday.

Athletics - IAAF Diamond League 2015 - Sainsbury's Anniversary Games - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, England - 25/7/15 Canada's Shawn Barber in action during the men's pole vault final Reuters / Phil Noble

Barber won the pole vault at the 2015 world championships in Beijing and Drouin claimed the high jump title. He also won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

Theisen-Eaton has the top heptathlon score in the world this year and is the two-time world outdoor silver medalist and 2016 world indoor champion.

Decathlete Damian Warner and sprinter Andre De Grasse also will be looking for medals at the Aug 5-21 Games.

“This is the strongest and most well-rounded team I have ever been a part of,” said Theisen-Eaton.

“The team counts multiple world medalists and a talented roster who will challenge for the podium.”

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Eugene, Oregon; Editing by Frank Pingue

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