NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — World champion Yohan Blake is confident of bettering his seasonal best of 9.84secs, while David Rudisha, the 800m World champion and world record holder returns to action at the adidas Grand Prix in New York.
The meeting is the sixth stop of IAAF Samsung Diamond League series and will be live on UniversalSports.com, and televised on NBC
Blake will race in race 2 of the men’s 100 metres on Saturday and will clash with Daniel Bailey of Antiqua, Richard Thompson and Keston Bledman of Trinidad and Tobago and USA’s Mike Rodgers and Trell Kimmons.
Blake’s training partner and world record holder Usain Bolt has clocked two sub 9.80secs times this season, including the world-leading 9.76secs and he also owns the meeting and stadium record, at 9.72.
Asked what time he was expecting to do Saturday, Blake only said he was looking for a good “fun” outing and will wait and see what happens afterwards.
Meanwhile, American Tyson Gay will open his Olympic Games bid in the “B” race as he looks to see his progression in training ahead of the U.S. trials.
The women’s field is also loaded with talent with American world-leader Carmelita Jeter, Trinidad and Tobago’s Kelly-Ann Baptiste, USA’s Allyson Felix and Jamaica’s Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce all squaring off.
Rudisha, now recovered from an injury, will battle with the on form Abubaker Kaki, Alfred Kirwa Yego and Boaz Lalang in the men’s 800m and he’s set his targeted time in the 1:42 range.
Elsewhere, Sanya Richards-Ross and Nickel Ashmeade will race in the women’s and men’s 200m, a fast men’s 400m dash is expected with Jeremy Wariner, Chris Brown, Luguelín Santos and Jermaine Gonzales all entered.
The men’s 110m hurdles field will see David Oliver, Ryan Brathwaite, Jason Richardson, Aries Merritt and Orlando Ortega all racing together.