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Jamaicans Simpson and Stewart confirmed for Pre-Classic 100m dash

28 May 2008

By Gary Smith

Another weighted women’s 100-metre field has been confirmed for yet another Grand Prix meeting in the US Visa Championship Series, as organizers of the 34th annual Prefontaine Classic announced the ladies vying for the crown.

The meeting which has been scheduled for June 8, will see world-leader Allyson Felix (10.93) clashing again with Jamaican Kerron Stewart (10.96), two of the three women that have gone under the 11-seconds barrier this campaign.

The starting line up will also see 2006's fastest women in both the 100m and 200m, Sherone Simpson of Jamaica, American 2005 World Championships gold medallist and 2007 silver medal winner, Lauryn Williams and Muna Lee, who ran 11.10-seconds this season, a time which equals her best for three seasons.

Torri Edwards, the winner of this event last year and Carmelita Jeter, winner of a world bronze medallist in Osaka, last year, complete the strong line up that would have been even stronger with a Veronica Campbell-Brown inclusion. She will not be available, but one thing for sure is that fans can expect another world-class performance, especially from Stewart and Felix.

Brown to defend his title

The men's 100m field is also full of gifted sprinters as well. Caribbean stars Churandy Martina, the 2007 Pan American Games champion from the Netherlands Antilles and Jamaica’s 2005 world silver medal winner Michael Frater will lead the charges for the title.

Defending champion Darrel Brown of Trinidad and Tobago has been doing well this season and should never be counted out. The surprised 2003 world silver medallist from Paris Saint-Denis, France has been tagged as one of the better young sprinters to have graduate from the junior level up into seniority and he will be hoping to get back to that 9.99-seconds form he launched three years ago. Also facing the starting gun are Portugal’s Francis Obikwelu, the Olympic silver medalist in 2004, Ivory Williams, who has run 10.09 this season and Shawn Crawford of USA.

Jamaican Nesta Carter (20.38 PB) has been confirmed for the men’s 200m and will run against world bronze medallist Wallace Spearmon, defending champion Xavier Carter, the third fastest ever in the 200m and Rodney Martin. Reigning Olympic champion and many-time Pre Classic winner Crawford is also in the field.

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