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4 top sprinters set for Reebok Grand Prix on June 2

21 April 2007

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American Lauryn Williams, the reigning World Champion; Veronica Campbell of Jamaica, the most successful track athlete at the 2004 Olympics; Tyson Gay, the world’s current #1 sprinter; and World Championship silver medalist Wallace Spearmon will headline the sprint fields at the Reebok Grand Prix on June 2, organizers announced today.

The third-annual Reebok Grand Prix, named one of the two top international track-and-field events in the country, will begin at 5 p.m. on June 2 at the state-of-the-art Icahn Stadium, on Randall’s Island. Last year, in the final event of the evening, Ethiopian superstar Meseret Defar broke the 5000-meter World Record, a feat named the sport’s worldwide Performance of the Year by a woman.

Williams, the 2005 World Champion at 100 meters, also brought home gold in the 4x100m relay and is a 2004 Olympic silver medalist. Campbell is a triple-medalist from those same Olympics, winning gold at 200 meters and the 4x100m relay and bronze at 100 meters to become the winningest female track athlete at the 2004 Games. One of the most popular athletes in Jamaica, Campbell is sure to draw huge cheers from her legions of Jamaican fans in New York. Williams and Campbell will face off at 100 meters.

Gay last season became the world’s top 100m-200m sprinter, ending the year ranked #1 in the world at 200 meters and #2 at 100 meters and repeating as World Athletics Final champion at 200, while his training partner, Spearmon, won the US 200-meter title and moved up to #3 on the all-time 200 list. Gay will run the 100-meter dash in New York, while Spearmon will compete at 200 meters.

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