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Star-studded lineup prepares to take to Boylston at adidas Boost Boston Games

6/15/2019
 

BOSTON -- Indoor and Outdoor U.S. women’s 800m record holder Ajee’ Wilson leads an impressive field of athletes competing at this year’s adidas Boost Boston Games. Fans can tune in to the road race and street meet, taking place on historic Boylston Street, on Sunday, 4:30-6:00 p.m. ET on NBC and NBC Sports Gold.


Noah Lyles will be competing in the 150m at the Adidas Boost Boston Games. The national outdoor champion is currently ranked No. 2 in the world in the 100m from his performance in Shanghai. In his 200m Diamond League debut this year, he placed second with a time of 19.72.


Olympic bronze medalist and world champion Tori Bowie will be competing in the 100m, her first this outdoor season. In the field she’ll be joined by last year’s national champion, Aleia Hobbs, and 2016 World Junior champion Candace Hill.


An impressive international field has come together for this year’s mile. New Zealand’s Nick Willis will be expected to compete. It’ll be the Olympic bronze medalist’s first outdoor race under 5000m this season. 2017 1500m USATF champion Robby Andrews will also start his outdoor season on Sunday. The 2019 two-mile indoor national champion, Andrew Hunter, will also be in the field. He’s competed in two 1500m races this season, most recently placing fourth at the Motonet GP in Finland. Eric Avila, the indoor national two-mile runner up, will also be competing this weekend. Rounding out the field is Great Britain’s, Chris O’Hare. The European 1500m national champion last competed in the 5000m at the USATF Distance Classic in May.


Olympic champion, Lashawn Merritt began his outdoor season last week competing in Florida. He’ll be competing in the 200m with 2016 Olympic 4x400m relay team member, Tony McQuay.

Ajee’ Wilson is coming off a sub 2-minute 800m performance at Racers Grand Prix in Kingston on June 8; she’ll be competing in the women’s 600m.  The national champion ran 1:25.91 to win the 600m at the Dr. Sander Columbia Challenge at the beginning of the year. On Sunday, Wilson will face the 2018 NCAA 800m champion and U20 record holder, Sammy Watson, and Olivia Baker.


Christina Clemons has been competing in the IAAF Diamond League series this summer and most recently won her first Diamond League 100mH at the Bislett Games in Oslo on June 13. The World Indoor Championships runner-up will be in Boston to compete in her signature event. This will be the third head-to-head match up between Clemons and Sharika Nelvis this season. Nelvis got second to Clemons in Oslo but placed third over Clemons in Doha.


The women of the 400mH will be running something much quicker on Sunday. NACAC Champion, Shamier Little was a part of the U.S. sweep in the Oslo 400mH, placing third. Shamier will be competing in the 200mH against fellow U.S. hurdler Cassandra Tate.


World champion in the women’s 4x400m Shakima Wimbley will return to the track to run her second 200m of the year. Wimbley will be running against a stacked field, which includes the 2018 NCAA Outdoor 400m champion, Lynna Irby making her professional 200m debut.


The 2018 NCAA 100m champion Cameron Burrell will be running in the 100m with NACAC champion Kendal Williams and U.S. sprinter Isiah Young.


Emily Lipari leads the women’s mile entries following her outdoor season opener in the 1500m in Shanghai on May 19.


The 2017 national indoor champion Erik Sowinski will be competing in the 600m. He most recently competed in the 800m at the USATF Distance Classic.


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Denise Spann

USATF Communications Intern




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