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Lolo Jones, Steve Hooker Added To adidas Grand Prix Line Up

Steve Hooker and Lolo Jones will compete at the adidas Grand Prix.

American hurdler Lolo Jones in action

Olympic and World champion pole vaulter Steve Hooker of Australia and Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones of the United States will compete in a star-studded lineup at the adidas Grand Prix on Saturday, June 12, organizers announced Thursday.

The adidas Grand Prix, held at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island, will be the fifth stop on the inaugural 14-meet, international Diamond League circuit. Hooker is one of the original nine IAAF Diamond League Ambassadors.

Hooker and Jones, both recent World Indoor champions, will be joined by American Olympic silver medalist Jenn Suhr (née Stuczynski), who will headline the women’s pole vault. Also in the field are previously announced Olympians Usain Bolt of Jamaica and Americans Bernard Lagat and Hyleas Fountain and World champion Jessica Ennis of Great Britain.

This is Hooker’s first meet back in New York since he attempted the indoor world record height of 6.15 meters (20 feet, 2 inches) at the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden in January 2009.

“New York City was good to me at the Millrose Games last year, so I am hoping for big jumps in my Diamond League return to the Big Apple,” Hooker said.

Hooker, 28, continued his recent success at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in March, clearing a championship record of 6.01m (19 feet, 8 1/2 inches) to notch his first World Indoor title. Since turning professional in 2006, he has dominated the pole vault scene and is the only man to win Olympic gold, World Indoor and Outdoor titles, and gold at the Commonwealth Games in a single event.

Jones, 27, of Baton Rouge, La., had a breakthrough performance in Doha, becoming the first woman to win back-to-back World Indoor titles in the 60-meter hurdles and breaking the American record set by Gail Devers in 2003. She is a three-time USA Indoor champion, claiming titles in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Jones was also the U.S. Olympic Trials champion in the 100m hurdles in 2008.

Suhr, 28, of Churchville, N.Y., is both the indoor and outdoor American record-holder in the pole vault, making her the No. 2-ranked jumper in history behind world record-holder Yelena Isinbayeva. Suhr was the Olympic silver medalist in 2008 and has won seven U.S. national titles. She married long-time coach Rick Suhr in January 2010.

For more information go to www.adidasgrandprix.com.

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  1. Nathaniel says:

    It would really be cool if Hooker broke Bubka’s long standing outdoor record.
    But I’m excited about Lolo in the outdoor season. Can she break into the 12.3s or 12.2s this year. Oh but we can’t leave out Robles. He looked better than ever in the indoor season, and it speaks well to his potential for the outdoor season. 2010 has got me on cloud nine and the season hasn’t picked up momentum as of yet. Let’s just watch and see!! :D

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