NEW YORK CITY — Clashes involving dozens of Olympic gold medalists and World Champions will abound at Saturday’s adidas Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium.
While several athletes are strong favorites, including 2012 Olympic gold medalist and World Record-holders David Rudisha in the 800 meters, the deep fields across the board are the best in the meet’s nine-year history and promise a day of thrills.
The adidas Grand Prix will kick off the summer Saturday at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island. Running events begin just after 11 a.m., but some of the best field-event athletes in the world begin competing at 9 a.m. Gates open at 8:45 a.m.
Adidas Grand Prix key matchups
Men’s 100m: 2007 triple World Champion and American Record-holder Tyson Gay, whose 9.86 is fastest time in the world this year; Nesta Carter (JAM), two-time Olympic gold medalist, 4x100m; Ryan Bailey (USA), 2012 Olympic silver medalist and American Record-holder, 4x100m; Richard Thompson (TRI), 2008 Olympic silver medalist.
Women’s 100m: Marshevet Hooker (USA) 2011 World Champion, 4x100m, who is making her return here missing the 2012 season to childbirth; Tianna Madison-Bartoletta, the 2005 World Champion in the long jump and 2012 Olympic gold medalist and World Record-holder, 4x100m; Kelly-Ann Baptiste (TRI), 2011 World Championships bronze medalist.
Women’s 200m: Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM), the two-time Olympic gold medalist at the distance; Bianca Knight (USA), the 2012 4×100-meter gold medalist and relay World Record-holder.
Men’s 400m: Jeremy Wariner (USA), 2004 Olympic gold medalist and two-time World Champion; Kevin Borlée (BEL), 2011 World Championships bronze medalist; Tony McQuay (USA), 2012 Olympic silver medalist, 4x400m.
Women’s 1500m: Morgan Uceny, ranked #1 in the world in 2011; Nancy Langat of Kenya, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist; Kalkidan Gezahegne of Ethiopia, the 2010 World Indoor Champion; Shannon Rowbury of the United States, the 2009 World Championships bronze medalist; and Abeba Aregawi, who has run the fastest time in the world this year.
Men’s 5000m: Dejen Gebremeskel (ETH), the 2012 Olympic silver medalist; Ibrahim Jeilan (ETH), the 2011 World Champion at 10,000 meters; Hagos Gebrhiwet (ETH), the World Junior Record-holder and 2013 World Junior Cross Country Champion with the fastest time in the world this year at 3000 meters. Add John Kipkoech (KEN) and the field features three men who have run under 12:50. The fastest time ever run in the United States is 12:56.98.
Men’s 400H: Michael Tinsley (USA) and Javier Culson (PUR), the 2012 Olympic silver and bronze medalists, respectively, and Johnny Dutch (USA), who last weekend defeated Culson at the Ponce Grand Prix in 48.02, the fastest time in the world this year.
Men’s Triple Jump: Christian Taylor (USA), 2012 Olympic gold medalist and 2011 World Champion; Phillips Idowu (GBR), 2009 World Champion and 2008 Olympic silver medalist.
Women’s Long Jump: Brittney Reese (USA), 2012 Olympic gold medalist and two-time World Champion; Olga Kucherenko (RUS), 2011 World Championships silver medalist; Janay DeLoach Soukup (USA), 2012 Olympic bronze medalist.
Women’s High Jump: Blanka Vlašić (CRO), four-time World Champion, 2008 Olympic silver medalist and #2 all-time; Brigetta Barrett, 2012 Olympic silver medalist and new NCAA Record-holder.
Women’s Javelin: Christina Obergföll (GER), two-time Olympic and World Championship medalist; Maria Abakumova (RUS), 2011 World Champion; Sunette Viljoen (RSA), 2011 World Championships bronze medalist.