Elaine Thompson-Herah and Jasmine Camacho-Quinn will be among the Twelve Olympic Gold Medalists confirmed for the Puerto Rico Athletics Classic, a World Athletics Continental Tour silver level meeting in Ponce on Thursday, May 12.
Jamaica's Thompson-Herah, viewed as the greatest female sprinter of all time with 5 Olympic golds, will line up in the 100m race. Last year, Thompson-Herah won two individual Olympic golds and produced the 2nd fastest times in world history of 10.54 for 100m and 21.53 for 200m. Thompson-Herah will run the 100 on Thursday, where she will go against a strong field that includes the current World leader and 2021 NCAA double champion, Cambrea Sturgis. Sturgis, last month produced a stunning personal best of 10.87 seconds in North Carolina.
The center stage of the event, without a doubt, will be Puerto Rico's Olympic Champion, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, who will compete in the 100m hurdles. The World leader in the event, Camacho-Quinn, will face the 2nd fastest woman in the world in 2022, the American rising track star Tonea Marshall, who ran an astonishing wind-aided 12.36 seconds in April. Also in the women's 100mH will be former World Champion Danielle Williams of Jamaica, who is currently ranked 7th in the World, Tia Jones, American indoor record holder Sharika Nelvis, and World Indoor Silver Medalist Christina Clemons.
Other Olympic Champions to compete at Puerto Rico Athletics Classic:
Jamaica's Tokyo Gold Medalist Hansle Parchment and his countryman Omar McLeod, the 2016 Olympic Champion.
Katie Nageotte of the United States, the Tokyo Olympic champion in the women's pole vault.
The men's shot put will be highlighted by Ryan Crouser, the Olympic Champion, and World Record Holder.
2xtime Olympic Champion and 4-time World Champion Christian Taylor will be making his comeback to the triple jump after 2021 Achilles surgery.
Kirani James, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist, will run the 400m.
Running prodigy Athing Mu from the USA, who won Olympic gold in Tokyo last summer, will make her 800m outdoor debut.
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