|Track stars confirm for JA International|
|Friday, 27 April 2012 10:15|
Top Jamaican track stars have confirmed their place for the upcoming Jamaica International Track and Field meet on May 5, at the National Stadium in Kingston Jamaica.
Usain Bolt will run his first 100 meters race for the year, having opened his season recently with the anchor lap for his Racers Track Club team at the UTech Track and Field Classics, where they earned a world leading 37.82 seconds record for the 4x100 meters race.
Fellow Racers teammate, world 100 meters champion Yohan Blake is down to compete in the 200 meters event and will be up against former 100 meters world record holder and fellow country man Asafa Powell.
Powell will also premiere his newly designed Li Ning competition spikes this season, featuring two diamonds to represent his brothers who passed away.
"Everything I do this year will be in their honor," Powell said. "They supported me all the way from the start, so they are never far from my mind each time I go on the track."
On the women's side, Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be competing in the 200 meters and will not compete against USA's Carmelita Jeter over the 100 meters. Jeter opened her season recently with a world-leading 22.31 seconds in the 200 meters at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational at Drake Stadium.
Other top athletes who are confirmed to compete are Jamaican world indoor 400 meters champion Sanya Richard-Ross, American long jump world indoor champion Brittney Reese, and Jamaican Olympic 400 meters hurdles champion Melaine Walker, who will make her first appearance for the season.