In this issue:
1. Team USA to compete at Great North City Games
2. Americans shine in Slovakia
Team USA to compete at Great North City Games
A trio of reigning world champions and a total of nine Olympic and World Championships medalists will compete Saturday at the Great North City Games in Newcastle, England.
The Great North City Games is an exhibition “street games” track meet pitting the United States versus Great Britain and Northern Ireland in select track and field events.
Dwight Phillips (long jump), Jason Richardson (110-meter hurdles) and Carmelita Jeter (100m) all won gold medals at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, and have their names on the start list for Saturday. Phillips and Richardson will compete in their gold medal-winning events, while Jeter will compete in the 150m.
Also competing for the United States are a host of 2011 World Outdoor medalists: 5000m silver medalist Bernard Lagat (1 mile), Olympic gold medalist and 2011 World Outdoor silver medalist Dawn Harper (100m hurdles), bronze medalist Danielle Carruthers (100m hurdles), 4x400m gold medalist Natasha Hastings (150m), and 100m and 200m silver medalist Walter Dix (150m), as well as 2008 Olympic bronze medalist David Oliver (110m hurdles). Richardson and Oliver will compete in likely the most competitive event at the Great City Games, as they are joined by World Outdoor bronze medalist Andy Turner of Great Britain.
The Great North City Games features a unique lineup of events which include the mile, 100m hurdles, two-mile, 100m, 150m, pole vault and 110m hurdles.
Other competitors for the United States include: Kyle Miller (mile), Donald Cowart (mile), Gabriel Anderson (mile), Mason Cathey (mile), Treniere Moser (mile), Julia Lucas (mile), Jeff See (2 mile), AJ Acosta (2 mile), Scott Bauhs (2 mile), Brian Olinger (2 mile), Omo Osaghae (100m), Jeff Porter (100m), Jeremy Hicks (long jump), Maurice Mitchell (150m) Becky Holliday (pole vault) and April Steiner Bennett (pole vault).
Other top entrants from Great Britain and Northern Ireland include 5,000m world champion and 10,000m silver medalist Mo Farah (2 mile) and women’s 800m bronze medalist Jenny Meadows and 1500m silver medalist Hannah England, both of whom will run the mile in Newcastle.
The Great City Games will be broadcast live on the BBC and streamed live at www.greatrun.org/tv . For more information on the Great City Games, visit
Americans shine in Slovakia
Team USA won a total of 25 medals at the recent World Outdoor Championships and many of those medalists continued to find success Thursday at the 9th Athletics Bridge in Dubicna, Slovakia.
Jason Richardson, the 2011 World Championships gold medalist in the 110m hurdles, won that race Thursday in a time of 13.08. LaShawn Merritt, the World Championships 400m silver medalist, won the 400m in a time of 45.75 and Jesse Williams, the world champion in the high jump, won his event with a height of 2.27m/7-5.25.
Kibwe Johnson also picked up a second place finish in the hammer throw with a toss of 77.28m/253-6.
For complete results from Dubnica, visit http://www.atletickevysledky.sk/.