The need for speed – Wariner joins studded Reebok 200m field
New York, NY – Three-time Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner has been added to the already impressive list of World and Olympic champions slated to compete at the Reebok Grand Prix.
The Reebok Grand Prix is the fourth stop of USA Track & Field’s Visa Championship Series and will begin at 3:00pm on May 30, at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island.
Wariner, the 2004 Olympic champion at 400m, will be making his first appearance at the Reebok Grand Prix and will compete in the Men’s 200m. The 400m silver medalist in Beijing, Wariner recently won the 400m at the adidas Track Classic in a time of 44.66sec, the second fastest time in the world this year.
In New York, Wariner will face stiff competition from Tyson Gay, the reigning 100m and 200m World Champion, Wallace Spearmon, a two-time World Championship medalist at 200m, and Xavier Carter, the third fastest 200m runner in US history.
In other athlete updates, organizers have announced that Sanya Richards and Shelly-Ann Fraser, both previously announced as competitors, have withdrawn.
The Reebok Grand Prix, in its fifth year, is one of the nation’s premier outdoor track & field invitational meets. It features Olympic stars, top high school athletes and a Fastest Kid in New York competition. Events include men’s and women’s sprints, hurdles, middle-distance races, the pole vault and invitational high school races.
Increased and upgraded backstretch seating at track level is being added to accommodate the growing demand and interest from fans in the New York area. Tickets are on sale now by phone at 1-877-TIX-TRAC or on-line at www.ReebokGrandPrix.com. Additional updates, photos and information can be found by visiting the Reebok Grand Prix pages on Facebook and Twitter.