Friday, January 06, 2012

Athletics: Competition old and new in U.S. Open men's 50m

Posted by Admin On 11:41 AM

Five men with World Championship or Olympic skill will step to the start line of the men's 50-meter dash at the U.S. Open Track and Field event January 28 at Madison Square Garden.

Jamaica's Asafa Powell, Americans Justin Gatlin and Trell Kimmons, Trinidad's Richard Thompson and Antigua's Daniel Bailey have all devoted to the men's 50m of the U.S. Open to create a tremendously deep and international field.

Previously proclaim stars committed to the U.S. Open comprise David Oliver, Bernard Lagat, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jesse Williams, Christian Cantwell, Adam Nelson, Jason Richardson, Dawn Harper, Kellie Wells, Tiffany Ofili Porter, Ryan Whiting and Jenn Suhr.

The opening edition of the U.S. Open is the first event of USATF's Visa Championships Series and will be held in the newly renovated Garden. The first major particular meet in the United States to kick-off the 2012 Olympic year, it will be broadcast on Sunday.

The former 100m world confirmation holder in the 100m, Powell will make his first inside exterior since 2004 at the U.S. Open. The Jamaican legend has run more sub-10-second 100m dashes than anyone in history. He held the world 100m record of 9.77 seconds from 2005 until teammate Usain Bolt bettered the mark in New York in 2008.

It sets up a matchup flanked by Powell, 29 years old, and Gatlin, 28. The rivalry between the two was a key storyline caption into the 2004 Olympic Games and subsequent World Championships. Gatlin won the Olympic gold medal in the 100m in 2004 and gold medals in both the 100m and 200m at the 2005 World Outdoor contest.

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