Grant Holloway set for season opener at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix

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New York hosts on Saturday, February 6 the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, the third leg of the 2022 World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold. 

The New Balance Indoor Grand Prix is traditionally held in Boston, but it will be temporarily relocated and held at the Ocean Breeze Athletics Complex on Staten Island.

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Men's 60 meters hurdles: Holloway clashes against Allen

World 110m hurdles champion Grant Holloway will make his first appearance at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Staten Island. Holloway broke the world 60m indoor record with 7.29 in the Madrid World Indoor Championships, improving the previous mark held by Colin Jackson since 1994. The US hurdles star narrowly missed Aries Merritt's world outdoor record by 0.01, clocking 12.81 in the semifinal of the US Olympic Trials before winning the final in 12.96. Holloway won the Olympic silver in 13.09 behind Jamaica's Hansle Parchment one month later. It was his only defeat in 2021, and Holloway is looking to return to winning ways. 

Holloway will face Devon Allen and Daniel Roberts, who finished first and second at the Millrose Games last week, setting the second and third fastest times in the world in 2022 with 7.51 and 7.53. Allen finished fourth in the Olympic final before winning the Diamond League final in Zurich. Allen broke the 13 seconds barrier for the first time in his career, clocking 12.99 in Zagreb last September. The other top names are Trey Cunningham, who set the world-leading time of 7.46 last week in Lubbock (Texas), and Damion Thomas, who won the NCAA indoor title last year. 

Women's 60 meters hurdles: Jamaican clash between Williams and Anderson

Jamaica's 2015 world 100m hurdles champion Danielle Williams will face her compatriot Brittany Anderson, who reached the final at the Olympic Games in Tokyo and won the 60m hurdles race at the Millrose Games in New York last week setting a PB of 7.91. Anderson aims to celebrate her 21st anniversary with a win in Staten Island. Williams won the first World Indoor Tour race of the season in Karlsruhe, setting the second-fastest time in the world this year with 7.84. 

The line-up also features Birmingham 2018 world indoor silver medallist Christina Clemons and Olympic finalist Gabriela Cunningham.  

Men's 60 meters: Lyles takes on McLeod and Matadi

World 200 champion Noah Lyles will clash against Olympic 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod and Liberia's Emmanuel Matadi.  

Lyles will be chasing his second win at this meeting one year after finishing first in the 200 meters in 20" 80. He went on to win the 200m Olympic bronze medal in 19.74 and set the fastest time in the world outdoors in 2021, clocking 19.52 at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene. Last week, he made his seasonal debut with fourth place in the 60m in 6.62 at the Millrose Games. 

Former 110m hurdles Olympic champion Omar McLeod won the world 60m hurdles title in Portland 2016 in 7.41 and set PBs of 9.99 in the 100 meters and 12.90 in the 110 meters hurdles.  

Matadi improved the national 60m record, clocking 6.55 in Houston last week. 

Men's 200 meters: Bromell steps up in distance 

Trayvon Bromell will line up in the 200 meters. The US sprinter will run his second World Indoor Tour race of the 2022 season one week after finishing second to Christan Coleman in the 60 meters at the Millrose Games in 6.50. Bromell won the Olympic Trials in Eugene in 9.80 in the 100 meters and set the fastest time in the world in 2021 with 9.76 at the Continental Tour meeting in Nairobi last September. Bromell clocked PBs of 20.03 outdoors in Eugene and 20.19 in Fayetteville indoors in the 200 meters. Bromell will face Elijah Hall, who won the 2018 NCAA Indoor title in 20.02, and Josephus Lyles, who improved his outdoor PB to 20.03 last year.  

Women's 60 meters: Hobbs takes on Brisco and Williams 

Aleia Hobbs starts as the favorite in the 60 meters after clocking 7.10 in Baton Rouge and 7.11 to win the first World Indoor Tour of the season at the Millrose Games in New York last week. The other stand-out names are Jamaica's Briana Williams, who won the Olympic gold medal in the 4x100 relay in Tokyo 2021, and Mikiah Brisco, US Indoor champion in Albuquerque. Last week, Brisco and Williams clocked 7.15 and 7.21 at the Millrose Games in New York. 

Women's 300 meters: Clash between two Olympic medallists, Thomas and Irby

Two Tokyo Olympic medallists, Gabby Thomas and Lynna Irby, will clash in the women's 300 meters. Gabby Thomas, the US Olympic Trials winner and Olympic bronze medalist in the 200 meters and silver medalist in the 4x100, will take on Lynna Irby, the Olympic champion in the women's 4x100, and bronze medalist in the mixed 4x400. At last year's edition of the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, Thomas beat Irby in the 300 meters in 35.73 to 35.99. Two women broke the 36 seconds barrier for the first time in the same race indoors in that race. Thomas clocked 7.25 in the 60 meters at the Millrose Games last week. The line-up also features Amy Hunt from Great Britain, who won the 200m European under 20 gold medal in the 200m in 2019 and set a PB in the 60m clocking 7.21 in Manchester last January. Also in the field is US Kendall Ellis, Olympic bronze medallist in the mixed 4x400 relay. 

Women's 3000 meters: Purrier St. Pierre faces Debues Stafford and Coburn

Elle Purrier St. Pierre is the stand-out name in the 3000m. The US runner won the previous two editions of the Wanamaker Mile at the Armory Track in New York in 2020 at 4:16.85 (the second-fastest in history) and in 2022 with 4:19.30. Last year, Purrier St. Pierre won 2 miles race in the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, setting the third-fastest time in the history of 9:10.28. She claimed the 1500 meters race at the US Olympic Trials in 3:58.03 and finished 10th in the Olympic final in Tokyo in 4:01.75. She holds a PB of 8:36.41 in the 3000 meters. 

Purrier St. Pierre will face Gabriela DeBues Stafford, the Canadian outdoor record holder in the 1500m with 3:56.12. Stafford finished fifth in the 1500m in the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The late editions to the Women's 3000 were Josette Norris, who finished second at the Wanamaker Mile in a new PB of 4:20.81, Emma Coburn, world champion in the 3000m steeplechase in London 2017 and Olympic bronze medallist in Rio de Janeiro 2016, and Amy-Eloise Markovc from Great Britain, who is the European Indoor champion in the 3000 metres from Torun in 2021. 

Men's 3000 meters: Wightman steps up in distance

European and Commonwealth 1500 meters medallist Jake Wightman from Great Britain will lead the men's 3000m. He will face the 2017 European Indoor champion Adel Mechaal, the Tokyo Olympics 1500m finalist from Spain, who holds an indoor PB of 7:36.57. Another high-caliber runner is Luis Grijalva from Guatemala, who broke the national record in the 3000m at the Millrose Games in New York last week with 7:41.21. Grijalva finished 12th in the 5000m Olympic final in 13:10.09 in Tokyo.  

Men's 400 meters: Noah Williams makes his professional debut

Last year's NCAA champion Noah Williams will make his professional debut in the men's 400 meters. The 23-year-old US sprinter set the fastest time in the world indoors last year, clocking 44.71 in Fayetteville and clocking 44.30 in Baton Rouge outdoors. Williams will take on 2019 NCAA outdoor champion Khamari Montgomery, who holds a PB of 44.23 outdoors, Vernon Norwood, who finished second at the Millrose Games last week and Jereem Richards, who won the world bronze medal in the 200 metres and world gold medal in the 4x400 relay in London 2017. 

Women's 400 meters: Jonathas chases her second World Indoor Tour win of the season

Wadeline Jonathas will be aiming to win her second 400 meters race at this year's World Indoor Tour following her victory at the Millrose Games in 52.51. The world championships finalist will line up against Kyra Constantine. The latter reached the Olympic semifinal last year in Tokyo, setting her PB of 50.87. 

Men's 800 meters: Hoppel is chasing his second World Indoor Tour race of the season

US Bryce Hoppel, who won the NCAA 800m outdoor title and surprisingly finished fourth at the World Championships in Doha in 2019. Hoppel will be chasing his second consecutive 800m race at this year's World Indoor Tour following his victory at the Millrose Games in a World-leading 1:46.05. Hoppel will face Kyle Langford and Guy Learmonth from Great Britain, Mariano Garcia from Spain, and Tony Van Diepen from the Netherlands. 

Women's 800 meters: Goule tops the line-up

Jamaican indoor and outdoor record holder Natoya Goule is the stand-out name in the 800 meters after finishing runner-up to Ajée Wilson at the Millrose Games last week. She will take on US Sammy Watson and Isabelle Boffey from Great Britain. 

Men's mile: Beamish steps down in distance

Geordie Beamish from New Zealand will step down in the distance running the mile one week after winning the 3000m at the Millrose Games in New York in a national record of 7:39.50. Beamish holds an indoor mile PB of 3:56.90. Beamish will face Colby Alexander, who finished third at the Wanamaker Mile last week with 3:52.84, Sam Prakel, Johnny Gregorek, and Hobbs Kessler. 

Women's long jump: Burks clashes against Sawyers and Nettey

Quanesha Burks will face 2016 European silver medallist Jazmin Sawyers from Great Britain, Christabel Nettey from Canada, Yanis Davis from France, and Katie Hall. Burks finished second at the Millrose Games in New York with 6.54m. 

Men's triple jump: Scott is the top name

US triple jump specialist Donald Scott will clash against Isaiah Griffith, Chris Benard, Jordan Scott from Jamaica, and Mateus De Sa from Brazil. Donald Scott, who finished seventh at the Olympic Games in Tokyo and sixth at the World Championships in Doha 2019, has the best performance among the entrants with his seasonal best of 16.76m set in Ann Arbour (Michigan). 

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