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Wariner, Defar added to hot adidas Track Classic lineup

27 April 2007

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Jeremy Wariner (Victah Sailer) Jeremy Wariner (Victah Sailer)
Olympic gold medalists Jeremy Wariner and Meseret Defar have committed to run in the adidas Track Classic on May 20, organizers announced today. Ranked #1 in the world, Wariner will compete at 400 meters, while Defar may have her eye on the 2-Mile World Record.

A double gold medalist (400m, 4x400m relay) at the 2004 Olympics, Wariner is also the reigning World Champion. His personal best of 43.62 already makes him the fourth-fastest man in history, and he is widely viewed as the athlete most likely to break Michael Johnson’s 400-meter World Record.

Defar, from Ethiopia, is one of the top distance runners in the world, as well as one of the fiercest. Ranked #1 in the world at 5000 meters, she already holds the World Records for 5000 meters outdoors (14:24.53) and 3000 meters indoors (8:23.72). The current women’s world best for 2 Miles is 9:11.97, set by Regina Jacobs in 1999.

At 3000 meters, Ireland’s Alistair Cragg, the 2005 European Indoor Champion, will face Anthony Famiglietti, a 2004 Olympian and 2007 US 8K champion, and Abdi Abdirahman, a two-time US Olympian at 10,000 meters. With Mexico’s Juan Luis Barrios previously announced, the race will be a rematch of the men who went 1-2 in the recent Mt. SAC Relays 5000 meters, in which Barrios edged Famiglietti, 13:11.37 to 13:11.93.

They join Allyson Felix, the reigning World Champion at 200 meters; Tyson Gay, the world’s fastest 100m/200m sprinter; and Ana Guevara of Mexico, the 2003 World Champion at 400 meters. More Olympic and World Championship medalists will be announced soon.

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