NEW YORK CITY (May 15, 2014)-A two-time Olympic gold medalist, a three-time World Champion, and the most-dynamic young American track star in a generation are among the latest athletes added to the roster for the adidas Grand Prix on June 14, organizers announced today.
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Mary Cain, who earlier this month turned 18, rewrote the record books last year by breaking high school and/or U.S. junior marks at eight distances. So far in 2014, she has twice broken the World Junior Record for 1000 meters indoors, and won the U.S. indoor 1500-meter title.
Cain, set to receive her high school diploma a week after the meet, will be competing just 15 miles from her hometown of Bronxville, NY.
Among the athletes she will face at 1500 meters are Americans Jenny Simpson, the 2011 IAAF World Champion, and Morgan Uceny, who that year was ranked #1 in the world at the distance.
Among the other medal-winning headliners will be:
- Felix Sanchez of Dominican Republic, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time World Champion in the 400-meter hurdles;
- Robert Harting of Germany, the reigning Olympic gold medalist and three-time defending World Champion in the discus known for his wild victory celebrations;
- Jesse Williams of the United States, the 2011 World Champion, who joins a topnotch NYC high-jump field in what some predict will be a World Record-breaking season in the discipline;
- Tiffany Porter of Great Britain, the 2013 World Championships bronze medalist in the 100-meter hurdles and two-time World Indoor medalist;
- Warren Weir of Jamaica, the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist and 2013 World Championships silver medalist at 200 meters; and
- Marvin Bracy, the 2014 World Indoor silver medalist at 60 meters who, as a high school senior, won the Boys’ Dream Mile at this meet in 2011.
Other Olympic or World Champions already announced are David Rudisha, Jenn Suhr,Yohan Blake, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Valerie Adams, Sally Pearson, and Christine Ohuruogu.
One of the premier track-and-field events in the world, the adidas Grand Prix has
hosted two World Records and 15 National Records in its first nine years, and its fans
have witnessed almost a dozen performances that were the fastest ever on U.S. soil.
The sixth stop on the international IAAF Diamond League circuit, the adidas Grand Prix is in its 10th year at Icahn Stadium, in conjunction with the Randall’s Island Sports Alliance. The latest news, photos and information on the event can be found at www.adidasgrandprix.com; on Facebook and on Twitter.