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More World and Olympic champions for adidas Grand Prix

NEW YORK —Three of the top four women in the world, including the reigning World and Olympic champions, will headline the 100-meter dash at the adidas Grand Prix on June 9, organizers announced today.

Carmelita Jeter, Kelly-Ann Baptiste and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, ranked No. 1, 3 and 4 in the world for 2011, will do battle in the short sprint, while a resurgent Jeremy Wariner will return to Icahn Stadium to defend his 400-meter title.

In its eighth year as one of the premier track-and-field events in the world, the adidas Grand Prix, at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island, will feature dozens of Olympic medalists and World Champions, including the reigning World Champion at 100 meters, Jamaica’s Yohan Blake.

It will again be the sixth stop on the international Samsung Diamond League circuit, and is part of the Visa Championship Series.

On her way to being ranked No. 1 in the world at 100 meters for the third consecutive year, the 32-year-old Jeter won gold at the 2011 IAAF World Championships at 100 meters and silver at 200 meters, as well as anchoring the U.S. squad to a gold medal in the 4×100-meter relay.

The second-fastest woman in history with a personal best of 10.64, Jeter was dominant from start to finish last year, winning 11 of her 12 competitions at 100 meters.

Baptiste, from Trinidad and Tobago, is the 2011 World Championships bronze medalist at 100 meters, and the 25-year-old’s personal best of 10.84 is a national record.

Fraser-Pryce, also 25, is the reigning Olympic gold medalist and 2009 World Champion at both 100 meters and the 4×100-meter relay. Finishing fourth, just 1/100ths of a second behind Baptiste in Daegu, South Korea, for bronze last summer, Fraser-Pryce nonetheless ran the first leg on the Jamaican 4×100-meter team that set a national record on the way to winning a silver medal.

On the men’s side, Wariner is looking toward his third Olympics. The 28-year-old already has four Olympic medals: gold at 400 meters in 2004 and in the 4×400-meter relay in 2004 and 2008, and silver at 400 meters in 2008. He also owns five World Championships titles, including individual gold in 2005 and 2007, and has five times (2004-2007, 2010) been ranked No. 1 in the world.

On the comeback trail from a torn toe ligament that kept him out of the World Championships last summer, Wariner anchored his Central Texas All-Star 4×400-meter relay team to victory on March 31 at the Texas Relays. He and his wife, Sarah, married last November, are expecting their first child in October.

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Usain Bolt to race at Golden Gala in Rome

KINGSTON — Jamaican sprint ace Usain Bolt has signed up to race over the 100 meters at the Golden Gala in Rome again, organizers confirmed on Thursday.

This season, the meeting, which is part of the Samsung Diamond League series, is set for Thursday 31 May at Rome’s Olympic Stadium.

Bolt, who clocked 9.91 seconds to beat countryman Asafa Powell (9.93) last year has decided to penciled in the event on his schedule, as part of preparations in defending his sprint double titles at the London Olympics.

“I am looking forward to returning to Rome and to be back on the fast track of the Stadio Olimpico for the Golden Gala,” Bolt said.

“I have great memories of last year’s edition. It was my first time running in Italy, and I enjoyed the fantastic crowd at the Stadium.”

Bolt set world records and Olympic Games records of 9.69 seconds and 19.30 seconds when winning the sprint double titles in Beijing, China in 2008.

He did went on to improve those world records at the Berlin World Championships in 2009.

Those now stand at 9.58 and 19.19, respectively.

Mo Farah advised against Olympic Games double

Mo Farah has been advised to concentrate on just one event at the London Olympic Games.

The Great Britain star, who won the gold medal over the 5,000 metres at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, last summer, is planning to do an Olympic Game 5,000m and 10,000m double in London this summer.

However, British track icon Mike McLeod, who won a silver at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, and is Britain’s last Olympic medallist over 10,000m, has urged Farah to stick to just one event at the Games.

McLeod said, according to The Suns newspaper, “I would probably just go for one and put all my resources into that.

“He’s got a plan so he must be capable of running the two events. It depends how hard the final is of the first event.

“If he’s really stretched, close to world-record pace, that could have an effect on him.”

“Everybody expects him to just walk on to the track and pick up a gold. But it doesn’t work that way.”

Farah held off American Bernard Lagat and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia to strike gold in Daegu.

He owns a personal best of 12:53.11 for the 5000m and 26:46.57 over 10,000m.

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Usain Bolt working harder in training to beat Yohan Blake

usain boltKINGSTON — World Championships 100 metres champion Yohan Blake has claimed that his recent success has forced training partner and world record holder Usain Bolt to pick things up a little in training.

Blake, who won the world 100m title last summer after Bolt was disqualified, stunned everyone, including the world record holder when he flashed to 19.26 seconds at the Belgacom Memorial Van Damme last September.

And while admitting that there is a lot of work to do, the Jamaican is confident he can lower the current 200m world record of 19.19 seconds – set by Bolt at the Berlin World Championships in 2009.

“I am the 100 metres world champion, but I am a better 200 metres runner because I have a lot of endurance,” Blake told The Times.

“The world record? “Why not? Look back at that race in Brussels. Coach Mills said to me, ‘I know what you can do, take it easy on the turn and fly down the straight.’

“I didn’t use much energy. I was comfortable.”

Blake admits that Bolt has become more motivated to train harder than usual, but insists that its simply because the Olympic Games sprint double champion wants to repeat the world record performances he did in Berlin, where he clocked 9.58secs and 19.19 for the 100 and 200m.

“He [Bolt] knows I work harder, much harder,” Blake said. “He has said it himself, but now he is training harder, too.

“He saw what I did and knows what I can do. He knows I have trained assiduously all my life. I know what poverty feels like; I know hunger. And he wants to repeat what he did in Berlin and is working on it.”

The London Olympics should see some fireworks in both the sprint events, with the likes of Bolt, Blake, fellow Jamaicans Asafa Powell and Nesta Carter, as well as the likes of American Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin and Walter Dix and Trinidad and Tobago’s Richard Thompson, amongst others hunting the gold medals.

– Statistics Update Dec.1

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