MESERET DEFAR HEADLINES LIST OF CHAMPIONS ADDED
TO ADIDAS GRAND PRIX ATHLETE FIELD
lists released for New York Diamond League meeting
NEW YORK (June 8, 2010) ÛÓ The preliminary start lists for the
adidas Grand Prix on Saturday, June 12, have been released on the
eventÛªs Web site at http://adidasgrandprix.com
with a few notable additions and withdrawals.
Ethiopian distance great Meseret Defar will join a deep field in
the womenÛªs 1500-meter race that will also now include American Olympic
bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan. Other significant additions to
the menÛªs events include: World champion Alfred Kirwa Yego of
Kenya in the menÛªs 800m; American World champion Kerron Clement
in the menÛªs 400m hurdles; and World champion and Olympic silver
medalist Phillips Idowu of Great Britain in the menÛªs triple
These athletes join stellar world-class international fields that
include more than 75 OlympiansÛÓ33 of them Olympic or World
championsÛÓhailing from 42 countries. The event, held at Icahn Stadium on
RandallÛªs Island, will be the fifth stop on the inaugural 14-meet,
international IAAF Diamond League circuit and the first of two meetings
in the United States. Five Diamond League ambassadors have been
announced for the New York meeting, including American sprinter Allyson
Felix, Australian pole vault king Steven Hooker, javelin
rivals Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway and Tero Pitkämäki
of Finland making their U.S. debuts and New Zealander shot putter Valerie
Athletes who were officially announced for the event but have withdrawn
include: previously announced withdrawal Usain Bolt of Jamaica in
the menÛªs 100m; Danny McFarlane of Jamaica in the menÛªs 400m
hurdles; American Walter Davis in the menÛªs triple jump; Carmelita
Jeter and Marshevet Myers, both of the United States, in the
womenÛªs 200m; Lisa Dobriskey of Great Britain and Maryam
Yusuf Jamal of Bahrain in the womenÛªs 1500m; American Dawn Harper
in the womenÛªs 100m hurdles; and Nadezhda Ostapchuk of Belarus
in the womenÛªs shot put.
Defar, 26, is one of the most accomplished Ethiopian runners in history,
having amassed five World titles and an Olympic gold medal throughout
her career. In March, she won her fourth-straight 3000m World Indoor
title to become the first four-time winner in the event. Defar set her
first world record at this meet in 2006, that over 5000m, and is the
current world record holder at 2 Miles outdoors, as well as at 3000m, 2
Miles and 5000m indoors.
Flanagan, 28, of Pittsboro, N.C., was the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist
over 10,000m in American-record time, making her only the second
American woman ever to win an Olympic medal at 10,000m. She currently
holds four American records: outdoors in the 5,000 and 10,000 and
indoors in the 3,000 and 5,000.
Yego, 23, the 2009 World Championships silver medalist at 800m, will go
head-to-head with reigning World champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi in what
promises to be a tight race. Yego was the 2007 World champion and 2008
Olympic bronze medalist at this distance.
Clement, 24, of Gainesville, Fla., is the reigning World champion in the
400m hurdles, having won back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2009. He
earned Olympic silver at the 2008 Games.
Phillips, 31, has emerged as one of the top triple jumpers in the world
as a two-time World champion and the 2008 Olympic silver medalist.
The adidas Grand Prix, in its sixth year, is the nationÛªs premier
outdoor track & field invitational meet. It features Olympic stars,
the Jim Ryun High School Dream Mile for top high school athletes and the
NYC MayorÛªs Cup Fastest Kids competition for youth in the tristate
area. Increased and upgraded backstretch seating at track level was
added to accommodate the growing demand and interest from fans in the
New York area.
WHAT: 2010 adidas Grand Prix, the fifth
stop on the inaugural IAAF Diamond League track & field
circuit. The field
includes more than 75 OlympiansÛÓ33 of them Olympic or World
championsÛÓhailing from 42 countries.
WHEN: Saturday, June 12 from 3:00ÛÒ6:45 p.m.
(*Note earlier start time.)
WHERE: Icahn Stadium, RandallÛªs Island, New
TICKETS: The event is sold out, and no more
tickets will be available.
TELEVISION: 4:00ÛÒ6:00 p.m. EDT, on NBC Sports. The
two-hour NBC show will be rebroadcast on
at 8:00 p.m. EDT.
ON THE WEB: http://www.adidasgrandprix.com
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.