MELBOURNE, Australia (Sporting Alert) — Wallace Spearmon, who ran a wind-aided 9.92 seconds in Texas last week joins the list of sprinters in the 100-metres at the Melbourne World Challenge – IAAF World Challenge Meetings – on Saturday.
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Spearmon, who takes the place of Jamaican Asafa Powell, who pulled out of the event with an injured hamstring, joins Australians Joshua Ross and Tim Leathart in the dash.
The American, with a 9.96 seconds personal best, is the only sub-10 seconds runner in the field.
Former World Record holder Powell has decided to stay in Melbourne and greet fans on Saturday afternoon “to uphold his commitment” the meeting organizers.
Spearmon, meanwhile, is also entered in the 200m and the 28-year-old three-time World Championships medallist will again face home stars Leathart and Ross.
Olympic Champion Greg Rutherford of Great Britain is the men’s Long Jump field and will compete against the likes of Mitchell Watt and Commonwealth champion Fabrice Lapierre of Australia.
Reigning IAAF World Cross Country Champion Japhet Korir of Kenya will race in the men’s 5,000m and he’s looking forward to running in Melbourne, as well as racing in the event throughout the season.
“I am looking forward to running in Melbourne after the excitement of the World Cross. Over the years so many of my countrymen like Rudisha and Kiprop have raced well in Australia and I hope to do the same,” Korir was quoted as saying.
“The 5000m will by my focus this season and the Qantas Melbourne World Challenge is my first chance to race across the distance.
“It would be good to get the year started well.”