News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. June 10, 2011: Top athletes from the Caribbean and around the world are set to descend on Icahn Stadium tomorrow for the adidas Grand Prix.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, the reigning Olympic and World Champion at 100 meters; Carmelita Jeter of the U.S., ranked number one in the world last year at 100 meters; and veteran Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie of the Bahamas, the 2001 World Champion who earned a number four world-ranking in 2010, will compete in what is fast becoming one of the marquee races of the meet and perhaps one of the best sprint matchups in all of 2011.
The trio will join previously announced Allyson Felix (USA), the three-time World Champion ranked #1 in the world last year; #5 Sherone Simpson (JAM), the reigning Olympic silver medalist at 100 meters; #3 Shalonda Solomon (USA); and #6 Bianca Knight (USA).
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.
Nine athletes ranked #1 in the world for 2010 – including Blanka Vlašić, Tyson Gay, Jeremy Wariner and Bershawn “Batman” Jackson – are among the superstars announced to date, along with new Jamaican sprint sensation Nickel Ashmeade and “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius, the 400-meter Paralympic gold medalist hoping to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games.