Thursday, December 01, 2011

Athletics: Jamaican sprint stars Asafa Powell head to U.S. Open

Posted by Admin On 10:45 AM

Former world record holder and sprinting legend Asafa Powell will make his New York indoor track debut at the 2012 U.S. Open Track and Field on January 28 at Madison Square Garden, USA Track and Field proclaim Wednesday.

Returning to the site of her 2011 NYC indoor victory, world and Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown will join her Jamaican countryman in the short sprints, while two of the most popular Garden high school track events -- the Catholic High School Athletic relationship boys' 4x800m and girls' 4x400m relays -- also will be contested.

No U.S. city is more international than New York, USATF Interim CEO Mike McNees said. Having Veronica and Asafa at the Garden will help concentration the international significance of the Olympic year, with the U.S. Open as the first round of the 2012 USA-Jamaica rivalry.

The kick-off event of USATF's Visa Championship Series, the U.S. Open will be the first track meet to be held in the newly refurbish Garden, and will be the first major professional meet in the United States as the 2012 Olympic Year gets under way. Tickets go on sale to the public December 1.

As the man who has run more sub-10-second 100m dashes than anyone in history, Powell will make his indoor debut in New York at the U.S. Open. It will mark Powell's first NYC demonstration since he ran the 2009 Reebok Grand Prix at Icahn arena and his first time competing indoors since 2004.

The 29-year-old Jamaican held the title of world's fastest human for three years, when he owned the 100m world record of 9.77 seconds from 2005 until Usain Bolt broke it in New York in 2008. He is part of the Jamaican 4x100m relay team that currently holds the world record.


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