World and Olympic 400m hurdles champion Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone will compete in the open 400m at the Continental Tour Gold meeting in New York on June 24, according to the organizers of the 2023 USATF NYC Grand Prix.
McLaughlin-Levrone has been undefeated in her specialist distance since 2021 and has broken the 400m hurdles world record four times in that time span. – Read more: Marileidy Paulino chases down McLauhglin-Levrone in Paris
NBC and Peacock will provide the live television and online streaming coverage of the 2023 USATF NYC Grand Prix for the fans in the United States.
The 2022 World Female Athlete of the Year opened her 2023 outdoor season with an impressive 49.71 personal best over 400m at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Paris last week and will line up in the same event at the USATF NYC Grand Prix.
McLaughlin-Levrone will be challenged in the 400m by Olympic 200m bronze medallist Gabby Thomas, who will also compete in the 100m an hour earlier. Thomas lowered her 400m personal best to 49.68 earlier this year.
World 400m champion Michael Norman is also confirmed for a sprint double in New York. He will take on the 100m, where he will line up against 2019 world champion Christian Coleman and Olympic 200m silver medallist Kenny Bednarek, before returning to the track an hour later for the 200m, where he will take on two-time world champion and US record-holder Noah Lyles.
Fred Kerley, previously announced for the men’s 200m, and Marvin Bracy-Williams, previously announced for the men’s 100m, have withdrawn.
Additional top match-ups confirmed for the USATF NYC Grand Prix include world silver medallist Trey Cunningham, Devon Allen, and 2021 NCAA champion Robert Dunning in the men’s 110m hurdles, while former world record-holder Keni Harrison and Olympic bronze medallist Megan Tapper will clash in the women’s 100m hurdles.
World indoor champion Ajee’ Wilson and 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Clayton Murphy will contest in the women’s and men’s 800m, respectively, while world champion Chase Ealey and the current world leader Maggie Ewen will continue their friendly rivalry in the women’s shot put.