Adidas Grand Prix
June 11, 2011
New York, New York
On TV: NBC, June 11, 4:00 - 6:00 PM EST
A trio of reigning World Champions highlight the latest roster of top athletes heading to New York for the 2011 adidas Grand Prix on June 11, organizers announced today.
Allyson Felix, three-time World Champion at 200 meters; Kerron Clement, two-time champion in the 400-meter hurdles; and Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, the surprise 2009 victor at 800 meters, will all be making their return to Icahn Stadium.
Last year, Felix was the Diamond League Champion at both 200 and 400 meters. She will be challenged by Sherone Simpson of Jamaica, Shalonda Solomon, and Bianca Knight.
Clement, who adds a 2008 Olympic silver medal to his pair of world titles, will be joined by Javier Culson of Puerto Rico and Bershawn “Batman” Jackson, the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist.
Mulaudzi, the South African World Champion whose long career has also included a silver medal from the 2004 Olympics, will face 21-year-old sensation Abubaker Kaki of Sudan.
The nine new athletes join previously announced stars Tyson Gay, Blanka Vlašić, Jeremy Wariner and Jessica Ennis – all ranked #1 in the world last year – and four-time Paralympic gold medalist “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius as the fields for the 2011 edition of the adidas Grand Prix begin to take shape.
In its seventh year as one of the premier track-and-field events in the world, the adidas Grand Prix, at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island, is the sixth stop on the international Samsung Diamond League circuit. Tickets are now available at the event website, www.adidasgrandprix.com, or by calling 1-877-TIX-TRAC.