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Visa Championship Series, Samsung Diamond League come to the adidas Grand Prix


Carmelita Jeter and Allyson Felix lead a loaded women’s 100-meter dash field while Jillian Camarena-Williams and Michelle Carter will continue their rivalry in the women’s shot put when the adidas Grand Prix begins Saturday at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island in New York.

The adidas Grand Prix is the sixth stop for the Samsung Diamond League and the third of four stops for the Visa Championship Series. The meet will be broadcast live on NBC from 3-4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).

The women’s 100m field contains athletes with the top three times in the world this year, which includes Jeter and Felix. Jeter, who owns the fastest time in the world this year at 10.81, is the reigning world champion in the event and the 2011 Diamond League winner in both the 100m and 200m. Felix, whose season best of 10.92 ranks third in the world, is a three-time world champion in the 200m.

Americans Tianna Madison and Barbara Pierre will also run the women’s 100m along with Trinidad and Tobago’s Kelly-Anne Baptiste, who owns the second fastest time in the world this year at 10.86.

Camarena-Williams and Carter, who currently own the top two throws in the U.S. this year, will battle once again in the women’s shot put. The two have combined to win every USA Outdoor Championships since 2008 with Carter winning in ‘08, ‘09 and ‘11 and Camarena-Williams winning in 2010. Camarena-Williams is the current American indoor and outdoor record holder and the bronze medalist at the 2011 World Outdoor Championships, but Carter is fresh off a bronze medal at the World Indoor Championships in March.

Reigning world champions Jesse Williams (high jump), Jason Richardson (110m hurdles) and Jenny Simpson (1,500m) will also compete while 2005 World Outdoor Championships 400m hurdles gold medalist Bershawn Jackson and 2004 Olympic 400m gold medalist Jeremy Wariner will each run their trademark events.

Along with Richardson, reigning World Indoor champion Aries Merritt and American record holder David Oliver help to assemble a difficult men’s 110m hurdles field.

Results during the meet and startlists can be found here.

American entries at the adidas Grand Prix
Men’s discus:
Lance Brooks, Jason Morgan, Jarred Rome, Ian Waltz, Jason Young
Women’s javelin: Kara Patterson, Rachel Yurkovich, Grace Zollman
Women’s triple jump: Erica Mclain, Blessing Ufodiama
Women’s shot put: Jillian Camarena-Williams, Michelle Carter, Sarah Stevens-Walker
Women’s pole vault: Kylie Hutson, Lacy Janson
Women’s 400m hurdles: T’erea Brown, Jasmine Chaney, Queen Harrison, Nicole Leach, Raasin Mcintosh
Men’s high jump: Andra Manson, Jamie Nieto, Jesse Williams
Men’s long jump: Walter Davis, Trevell Quinley
Women’s 800m: Molly Beckwith, Erica Moore, Jenny Simpson, Maggie Vessey, Amy Weissenbach, Ajee Wilson
Men’s 400m: Jordan Boase, Bershawn Jackson, David Neville, Calvin Smith, Jeremy Wariner
Men’s 110m hurdles: Aries Merritt, David Oliver, Jeff Porter, Omoghan Osaghae, Jason Richardson
Men’s 800m: Robby Andrews, Michael Rutt, Matthew Scherer
Women’s 100m: Allyson Felix, Carmelita Jeter, Tianna Madison, Barbara Pierre
Women’s 5,000m: Allie Keifer, Alissa Mckaig, Jenn Rhines
Men’s 200m: Curtis Mitchell

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