3 more World Champions set for adidas
Matchups feature Felix v. Simpson,
Mulaudzi v. Kaki, worldÛªs top 3 400m hurdlers
NEW YORK CITY (May 4, 2011) ÛÒ 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.
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. In its seventh year as one of the
premier track-and-field events in the world, the adidas Grand Prix on RandallÛªs Island is the sixth stop on the
international Samsung Diamond League circuit. Tickets are available at the
event website, www.adidasgrandprix.com, or by calling 1-877-TIX-TRAC.
Felix, also a two-time Olympic silver
medalist and three-time World Championships relay gold medalist, was ranked #1
in the world at 200 meters in 2010. She will be challenged by Sherone Simpson of Jamaica, the
reigning Olympic silver medalist at 100 meters and 2006 Commonwealth Games
200-meter champion; Shalonda Solomon,
the 2006 NCAA Champion and #3 in the world last year; and Bianca Knight, the 2008 NCAA Indoor Champion and collegiate indoor
Last year, Felix was the Diamond League
Champion at both 200 and 400 meters. The 25-year-old American superstar is set
to run the 400 meters this Friday in Doha, when the 14-meet Samsung Diamond
League kicks off its second season of competition.
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 ÛÏBatmanÛ Jackson, the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist. Together,
the three swept the medal stand at the 2009 World Championships, respectively
winning gold, silver and bronze, and finished last season as the three
top-ranked hurdlers in the world ÛÒ this time with Jackson leading the way,
followed by Clement and Culson.
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 two-time World Indoor Champion at 800 meters, KakiÛªs
time of 1:42.23 made him the second-fastest 800-meter runner in the world last
year and fifth-fastest in history. In 2008, his remarkable 1:42.69 at the Bislett Games
in Oslo was a World Junior Record and the fastest time in the world that year.
The nine new athletes join previously
announced stars Tyson Gay, Blanka VlaÁià, Jeremy Wariner and Jessica
Ennis ÛÒ all ranked #1 in the world last year ÛÒ and four-time Paralympic
gold medalist ÛÏBlade RunnerÛ Oscar Pistorius
as the fields for the 2011 edition of the adidas Grand Prix begin to take
All of the latest news, photos and
additional information on the adidas
Grand Prix can be found at www.adidasgrandprix.com and the eventÛªs pages on Facebook and Twitter. Use the hashtag #agpnyc when
referencing or searching for the event.
In addition, media accreditation is now
available at www.adidasGrandPrix.com, under Media. The application deadline
is Wednesday, June 1. The adidas Grand
Prix, part of the Visa Championship Series, will begin at 1 p.m. on June
Icahn Stadium, a state-of-the-art facility on RandallÛªs Island featuring a
400-meter Mondo track and covered seating for spectators, is the premier
outdoor track-and-field venue in New York City. It was built by the RandallÛªs
Island Sports Foundation (RISF) in partnership with New York City Department of
Parks. The facility is programmed, operated and maintained by RISF.