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Olympic Champions bound for adidas Grand Prix

5/23/2013
 
INDIANAPOLIS - Seven of Team USA’s 2012 Olympic gold medalists will gather in New York for the first domestic stop of the Diamond League at the adidas Grand Prix in Icahn Stadium on Saturday May 25.

The adidas Grand Prix is the second event of the 2013 USATF Championship Series and will be televised live on NBC from 1-3 p.m. ET.

Loaded Field Events
The women’s pole vault will take center stage both with an all-star field of athletes and with the addition of the pole vault runway from the Millrose Games being placed along the homestretch to give fans a better vantage point. Her home state will be behind her as world indoor record holder and Olympic gold medalist Jenn Suhr faces a deep field of talented vaulters. Suhr will be joined by her Olympic teammates Becky Holliday and Lacy Janson as they face current world leader and Olympic silver medalist Yarisley Silva of Cuba and 2011 World champion Fabiana Murer of Brazil.

As the current world leader, Olympic and World champion, Brittney Reese is the favorite in the women’s long jump, but she will have to face off with four other women who are currently in the top ten in the world. Olympic bronze medalist Janay Deloach Soukup and Funmi Jimoh will be top contenders along with 2012 Olympic Whitney Gipson. In a field deep with U.S. talent, Shara Proctor will lead the international charge as the national record holder of Great Britain.

Five of the nine athletes in the men’s shot put have World or Olympic medals to their name. A strong contingent of U.S. throwers will go up against two-time Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski of Poland. All three members of Team USA’s 2012 Olympic squad will be reunited as current world leader Ryan Whiting, Olympic bronze medalist Reese Hoffa and 2008 silver medalist and four-time World champion Christian Cantwell are slated to compete. The Olympic trio will be joined by youngster and U.S. Olympic Trials fourth placer Joe Kovacs who currently sits No. 8 on the world list. Our neighbors to the north will bring two strong competitors in 2011 World silver medalist Dylan Armstrong and current No. 3 on the world list Justin Rodhe of Canada.

Other field events to watch include the men’s triple jump headlined by Olympic champion Christian Taylor and the women’s high jump which features Olympic silver medalist Brigetta Barrett.

Olympic rematches on the track
Sanya Richards-Ross
will return to competition for the first time since 2012 as she takes on a loaded field in the women’s 400m. Fresh off her Olympic gold medal, Richards-Ross will face 2012 Olympic silver medalist and 2008 gold medalist Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain. Others in contention for the win include 2008 silver medalist Shericka Williams of Jamaica, current world leader Amantle Montsho of Botswana and 2012 Olympic 4x400m gold medalist Francena McCorory.

American record holder Tyson Gay has run the fastest time in the world this year, and will headline the men’s 100m. Gay ran 9.86 to win earlier this month in Kingston, Jamaica. Others running under 10-seconds this year who will line up with Gay include Nesta Carter of Jamaica with his 9.99 performance in Doha and his countryman Nickel Ashmeade who ran to a wind-aided 9.91 in Clermont. Others to watch include 2012 breakthrough athlete Ryan Bailey and 2008 Olympic 100m silver medalist Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago.

Six of the top men on the current world list will go head-to-head in the mens’ 400m hurdles. 2012 Olympic silver medalist Michael Tinsley and current world leader Johnny Dutch will lead the U.S. contingent. The top international threat comes from 2012 bronze medalist Javier Culson. Others to watch include South Africa’s Cornel Fredericks and Cuba’s Omar Cisneros.

2012 Olympic bronze medalists DeeDee Trotter and Veronica Campbell-Brown will meet in the middle of their signature distances to race the women’s 200m. Others to watch include 2012 Olympic 4x100m gold medalist Bianca Knight and 2008 Olympic 100m silver medalist Sherone Simpson of Jamaica.

For more information on the adidas Grand Prix including complete start lists and live results, visit www.diamondleague-newyork.com/ Follow the adidas Grand Prix on social media using the hashtag #adgpnyc

Katie Branham
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