Shalane Flanagan, Bernard Lagat among stars set for The Home Depot Center May 16
CA (May 5, 2009) – The adidas Track Classic, one of the premier track
and field meets in the country, will feature international matchups of
Olympic medalists and World Champions at the middle and long distances,
meet officials announced today.
Headliningthe women’s 5000 meters will be U.S. star Shalane Flanagan, the top
female distance runner in America. Flanagan, the Olympic bronze
medalist at 10,000 meters in Beijing, owns four American records
including the 5000m. She has already broken one American mark this
year, for 5000m indoors. Among her top rivals will be Ethiopian sisters
Ejegayehu and Genzebe Dibaba. Ejegayehu is the 2004 Olympic silver
medalist at 10,000m and 2005 World Championships bronze medalist at
both 5000m and 10,000m, while younger sister Genzebe is a two-time
World Junior Cross Country Champion and last weekend won the Ethiopian
senior 5000m national title at only 18 years old.
men’s 1500 meters, meanwhile, will feature the entire 2008 U.S. Olympic
squad of Bernard Lagat, Lopez Lomong and Leonel Manzano. Lagat, the
American record holder at 1500m, is the reigning World Champion at
1500m and 5000m - the first man ever to win that double. Joining them
will be three-time U.S. indoor 1500m champion Rob Myers; Canadian 1500m
record holders Kevin Sullivan (outdoors) and Nate Brannen (indoors);
and Mexican national indoor record holder Pablo Solares.
2009 adidas Track Classic will also highlight winners from the major
Jamaica Invitational in Kingston last weekend. Among them are Americans
Dawn Harper, the surprise 2008 Olympic gold medalist in the 100-meter
hurdles, and Darvis Patton, a 100-meter finalist in Beijing; Jamaica’s
Novlene Williams, a 4x400m World Championship bronze medalist; and
Rennie Quow, the 2006 World Junior Champion at 400m from Trinidad and
Featuring some of the best
athletes from across the globe, the adidas Track Classic has showcased
track and field superstars from more than two-dozen nations including
World Champions Tyson Gay, Jeremy Wariner, Allyson Felix, Meseret Defar
and Veronica Campbell-Brown.
the biggest changes to this year's event will be a move to an evening
program that will allow for world class times in the middle and long
distance races, while still taking advantage of Southern California's
warmth and the Home Depot Center's fast track for the sprints. The meet
will begin at 4 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 from 5 p.m.-7
Produced by Global Athletics & Marketing, Inc., the adidas Track Classic
is the third stop on USA Track & Field’s Visa Championship Series.
Tickets, from $40 (finish line) down to $10, are now available by
calling Ticketmaster at 213-480-3232 or visiting www.Ticketmaster.com. For group sales, call 1-877-AEG-TICKETS. Visit the event website at www.adidasTrackClassic.com for updates and more information.