130 athletes from 15 countries are down to contest 19 events in just over 3 hours of competition at the 4th staging of the Racers Adidas Grand Prix set for Saturday, June 8 at the National Stadium. With a host of world, Olympic and Commonwealth games champions and other medallists slated to be on show, the women's 100 and 400 metres along with the men's 100, 200 and 400 metres are among the star-studded events on the programme.
2-time Oylmpic and 3-time world champion over the distance, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who has never lost at the Racers Grand Prix, headlines the field for the women's 100 metres which also includes World Under-20 and Carifta champion Brianna Williams as well as Commonwealth Games champion Michelle Lee Aye of Trinidad and Tobago.
The women's one lap event will feature 2016 Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas and reigning world champion Phyllis Francis of the United States. On the men's side, the 100 metres will have the likes of former world record holder Asafa Powell, Nesta Carter, Kemar Bailey-Cole and defending champion Zharnel Hughes who is also the current European champion.
A high quality field will also line up in the 200 metres where five of the competitors who have gone under 20 seconds including the fast rising Akeem Bloomfield. The 400 metres will bring together 2011 world champion and 2012 Olympic winner Kirani James who is making a belated start to his season as well as last year's Diamond Trophy winner Fred Kerley and Jamaica's World Championship finalist Demish Gay.
Commonwealth Games champions and national record holders Fedrick Dacres and Daniel Thomas-Dodd, headline the list of competitors for the field events. Chairman of the Organizing Committee Glen Mills said negotiations are ongoing to book more athletes for this year's staging. Mills also revealed that discussions are underway for the future expansion of the meet to include new events such as the steeplechase.
TVJ, TVJ SN and onespotmedia.com will have live and exclusive coverage of the meet with live and extensive radio coverage on Hitz 92 FM.
Meanwhile, world Under-20 and Carifta champion Brianna Williams who was announced as one of the athletes confirmed for the Racers Adidas Grand Prix, will not be in action. Williams' coach Ato Boldon told TVJ Sports on Thursday evening that she will instead compete at a meet in New Mexico and that her next appearance in Jamaica will be at the June 20-23 Senior National Championships.