NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — Nesta Carter, a member of the Jamaican Olympic Games and World Championships world record 4x100m relay teams, has joined the star-studded men’s 50m field at the U.S. Open Track and Field meeting at Madison Square Garden on Jan 28.
Carter has been called up as a replacement for Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympic 100m silver medallist Richard Thompson, who has withdrawn from the race.
Carter will now join fellow countryman and training partner Asafa Powell, Americans Justin Gatlin and Trell Kimmons, as well as Antigua’s Daniel Bailey in the loaded short dash field.
The Jamaican, has a personal best of 9.78 seconds over the 100m and only world record holder Usain Bolt, Tyson Gay and Powell have ever gone faster.
Carter joins a host of superstars, including Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown and Americans David Oliver, Bernard Lagat, Jesse Williams, Christian Cantwell, Dawn Harper, Kellie Wells and Jenn Suhr for the U.S. Open.
The inaugural edition of the U.S. Open is the first event of USATF’s Visa Championships Series and will be held in the newly renovated Garden. The first major professional meet in the United States to kick-off the 2012 Olympic year, it will be broadcast on Sunday, January 29, from 7-9 p.m. on ESPN2.