The Jamaican sprint star, Pedro Pablo Pichardo and David Rudisha are among the athletes set to compete at the Diamond League meeting on Saturday
Usain Bolt returns to New York’s Icahn Stadium on Saturday for the first time since he set his first world record there in 2008.
The Jamaican, who clocked 9.72 for 100m seven years ago, will be hoping for better form than he has shown so far this season when he contests the 200m at the Adidas Grand Prix, the seventh meeting in the IAAF Diamond League series.
A 20.20 for 200m by Bolt this year has been followed by a 10.12 100m and then by 20.13 for the longer distance in Ostrava two weeks ago. Also among the athletes running in the non-Diamond League race are Zharnel Hughes and Alonso Edward.
“No one could ever forget their first world record and I will never forget the crowd in New York that night,” said Bolt when confirming his appearance at the meeting.
“They had to wait for an hour during a thunderstorm delay before our race, and I don’t think a single person left the stadium. They deserved a great performance, and I’m glad I was able to give it to them. I’m looking forward to running in New York again.”
Bolt may have been the biggest name in world athletics since that moment, but Pedro Pablo Pichardo looks a contender to be the athlete of 2015. The Cuban triple jumper has leaped 18.08m and 18.06m already this year and will be looking to make further inroads into Jonathan Edwards’ world record of 18.29m.
In the 100m, Tyson Gay goes up against the likes of Bolt’s fellow Jamaicans Nesta Carter, Kemar Bailey-Cole and Nickel Ashmeade. Blessing Okagbare is another in sprint action as she races the 200m and faces the likes of Tori Bowie.
Jasmin Stowers bounced back with a win in Oslo after a fall in Rome and DQ in Birmingham but with this event taking place just a few days after the meet in Norway, the American isn’t among the entries. Britain’s Tiffany Porter is among those competing in the non-Diamond League race. David Oliver and Orlando Ortega again go head-to-head in the 110m hurdles.
World indoor record-holder and pole vault Olympic champion Jenn Suhr will compete for only the second time this season, having already climbed to the top of the world rankings with 4.81m.
World 800m record-holder David Rudisha suffered injury earlier this season and then was forced to withdraw from Birmingham but is set to return to action this weekend. The men’s 5000m includes world silver medallist Hagos Gebrhiwet, Olympic bronze medallist Thomas Longosiwa and Dejen Gebremeskel, the 2012 Olympic silver medallist.
World long jump No.1 Tianna Bartoletta is also in action and goes up against the likes of British record-holder Shara Proctor. Other British athletes competing in New York include Isobel Pooley, who forms part of a high jump field also including Blanka Vlasic, plus Jenny Meadows and Lynsey Sharp, who race against the likes of Ajee Wilson over 800m.
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