Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Athletics: Richardson, Thomas to take on Oliver in encumbered U.S. Open hurdle field

Posted by Admin On 10:13 AM

2011 World Outdoor Championships gold medalist Jason Richardson and Jamaica's Dwight Thomas have been added to the list of competitor for the 50-meter hurdles at the U.S. Open Track and Field slated for January 28 at Madison Square Garden.

Monday's announcement by USA Track and Field sets up a matchup with beforehand announce outdoor American record holder David Oliver in a forceful opposition on the Garden straightaway.  Previously announced stars dedicated to the U.S. Open include Dawn Harper, Kellie Wells, Tiffany Ofili Porter, Jesse Williams, Christian Cantwell, Adam Nelson, Ryan Whiting, Bernard Lagat, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Asafa Powell and Jenn Suhr.

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

Richardson placed his name among the best in the world in men's hurdling with his gold medal at the recent World Outdoor Championships in Daegu, South Korea, and finished the 2011 season with the second fastest 110m hurdles time in the world.

The 2008 NCAA Outdoor champion opposite for the University of South Carolina, Richardson is a former USATF Youth Athlete of the Year and was a two-time World Youth Championships gold medalist. Thomas is both a sprint and obstacle star for Jamaica.

The 2008 Olympic 4x100m gold medalist and 2009 World Outdoor Championships 4x100m gold medalist, Thomas higher to the 110m hurdle final in Daegu but filled to capacity up in the race and did not finish. He ran the sixth best ever time in the world in 2011. He joins fellow Jamaican teammates Campbell-Brown and Powell at the Garden.

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