Gay tops NY meet line-up
24 May 2013, 12:02
New York - Tyson Gay, with the fastest 100 meters in the world this
year, and Sanya Richards-Ross, running for the first time since the
London Olympics, top the line-up for Saturday's Diamond League meet in
Gay, the 100 and 200 world champion from 2007 who is
pondering adding the 200 for this year's worlds in Moscow, won the
Jamaica Invitational earlier this month in a world season-best 9.86
seconds and hopes for similar speed Saturday.
"I'm looking forward to running great," Gay said.
Olympic 4x100 relay champion Nesta Carter, second at the Kingston race
in 10.03, will test Gay again alongside 2008 Olympic 100 runner-up
Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago and US 2012 4x100 relay Olympian
Reigning Olympic 400 champion Richards-Ross, who
underwent right big toe surgery after the London Games, has undergone a
lengthy rehabilitation to make sure she is prepared for the run to the
Richards-Ross had been nagged by toe pain for
two years before having surgery eight months ago, her recovery delayed
by scar tissue.
"I'm feeling better. That's why I'm here," Richards-Ross said. "I might as well race the best and hope to pull a good time."
New York field features last year's five top 400 women, including the
past three world champions - 2007 world and 2008 Olympic champion
Christine Ohuruogu of Britain, 2009 world champ Richards-Ross and
reigning world champion Amantle Montsho of Botswana, who has this year's
world-best time of 49.88.
Add Jamaicans Novlene Williams-Mills
and Sherika Williams and American Francena McCorory and Richards-Ross
will have an early idea of the challenge she might face in Moscow.
"Right into the fire," she said. "Just the way I like it."
Veronica Campbell-Brown, a two-time Olympic champion and reigning 200
world champion, will be tested by American Bianca Knight, who helped the
US 4x100 relay team take Olympic gold, as she bids for a 100-200 world
Reigning world 100 champion Carmelita Jeter goes up
against US compatriot Tianna Madison and Trinidad and Tobago's Kelly-Ann
Baptiste, third at the 2011 worlds.
Reigning Olympic champion and
world record-holder David Rudisha of Kenya highlights the 800 while
two-time world champion and 2008 Olympic winner Jeremy Wariner faces
Belgian Kevin Borlee and fellow American Tony McQuay in the 400.
Olympic women's pole vault champion Jenn Suhr, who set a world indoor
record earlir this year, will be tested by London Olympic runner-up
Yarisley Silva of Cuba and reigning world champion Fabiana Murer of
Two-time Olympic shot put champion Tomasz Majewski of
Poland will be tested by the US trio of former world champions Christian
Cantwell and Reese Hoffa and Ryan Whiting, the reigning world indoor
champion who has the year's world-best of 22.28m.
Olympic champions in the meet include American triple jumper Christian
Taylor and US women's long jumper Brittney Reese.