PHILADELPHIA – The following are the tentative starting teams for the 2013 edition of USA vs. The World that were released on Friday night.
USA vs. The World live on NBC from 1-3 p.m
Penn Relays Live Streaming on Penn Relays TV
The Penn Relays, which is the world’s oldest and largest relay carnival, once again hosts the marquee event, which brings track and field supporters from all over the world every year at Franklin Field.
The USA vs. The World races will be broadcast live on NBC from 1-3 p.m. (EST), but will not be streamed online on Penn Relays TV.
The battle of the countries will open up with the women’s 4×800-meter relay at 1:05 p.m. with teams from the United States, Kenya, Canada,Russia and the UK all featuring.
Meanwhile, Olympic 100m champion ShellyAnn Fraser-Price will be part of the Jamaica team running in the women’s 4x100m, with Allyson Felix and Bianca Knight amongst those running for the United States’ team.
Young sprinters Shaniqua Ferguson and Anthonique Strachan are members of a talented Bahamian team.
Olympic bronze medallist Justin Gatlin, Mike Rodgers, Doc Patton and Ryan Bailey will start favourites to take the men’s 4x100m title.
The likes of Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell are not included in the Jamaican team, but Nester Carter, who ran lead off on that world record breaking team at the London Olympic last year is on the team. Carter, in fact, ran lead off on all three of the Jamaican world record breaking teams.
Kenya, Ethiopia, Australia and the UK will battle the United States in the USA vs. The World distance medley.
The Penn Relays race of the day though is expected to come in the men’s 4x400m relay.
World and Olympic 400m champion Karani James of Grenada and the Dominican Republic veteran 400m hurdler Felix Sanchez, lead the Caribbean All-Stars against the United States and Olympic champions Bahamas.
A number of college and high school’s will also be in action on Saturday with Jamaican high schools like Calabar, Kingston College, Wolmer’s, Jamaica College and Munroe in action.
There were 39,103 in attendance Friday at Franklin Field during the second day of competition. That equals a two-day total of 62,413 – well on the way to eclipsing 100,000 fans for the 10th straight year and the 13th time in the last 14 years at the world’s oldest and largest relay carnival.