USA stars Christian Coleman and Dalilah Muhammad confirm for JII meet
Christian Coleman, who cemented himself as the world’s fastest active man with his world championships victory in 9.76 seconds last season, will compete at the 2020 Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet at the National Stadium on May 2.
This was confirmed by Donald Quarrie, athletes' liaison officer, who released a list of 18 confirmed athletes for the meet, which has been upgraded from an Area Permit Meet to be a part of the World Athletics Challenge Series.
Quarrie stated that there are 18 world-class athletes confirmed to take part so far. This includes 11 females and seven males who are also inclusive of 10 Jamaican winners of World and Olympic medals.
Coleman of the United States lived up to the confidence placed in him to win the gold medal at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar on September 28, 2019, three weeks after avoiding a ban for missed drug tests. His 9.76-second clocking represents the sixth-fastest time in history.
The 24-year-old ran away from countryman Justin Gatlin and won by .13, matching the largest margin of victory of Usain Bolt‘s three world titles.
And just in February, Coleman nearly set a world indoor record at the USA Track and Field Indoor Championships. His 6.37-second run in the 60-metre dash was behind his own best mark of 6.34. He has the top four fastest times in the event.
Also confirmed to compete in Kingston is Coleman's United States teammate Dalilah Muhammad, who won the women's 400m hurdles gold medal in Doha.
Muhammad, 30, had not only won the women’s 400-meter hurdles title at the World Championships — she had broken her own world record, too.
Muhammad held off Sydney McLaughlin, her young American challenger, in the final metres to win in 52.16 seconds, four-hundredths of a second better than the world record she had set in July at the United States championships.
Jamaican sprinting star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and the vastly improved long jumperTajay Gayle are also confirmed.
Events for the Jamaica International Invitational meeting: WOMEN - 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, triple jump, shot put. MEN - 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 110m hurdles, 400m hurdles, long jump, discus throw.
LIST OF CONFIRMED ATHLETES
Fedrick Dacres (Jamaica)
Yohan Blake (Jamaica)
Tajay Gayle (Jamaica)
Andre Degrasse (Canada)
Justin Gatlin (USA)
Christian Coleman (USA)
Noah Lyles (USA)
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica)
Elaine Thompson (Jamaica)
Shericka Jackson (Jamaica)
Danielle Williams (Jamaica)
Rushell Clayton (Jamaica)
Shanieka Ricketts (Jamaica)
Danniel Thomas-Dodd (Jamaica)
Shaunae Miller-Uibo (Bahamas)
Nia Ali (USA)
Dalilah Muhammad (USA)
Kendra Harrison (USA)