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More Top Stars Confirmed For IAAF World Challenge Jamaica Invitational

More Top Stars Confirmed For IAAF World Challenge Jamaica Invitational

Posted by Shanelle Weir on April 08, 2014

As the anticipation builds towards next month's staging of the IAAF World Challenge Jamaica International Invitational Meet at the National Stadium, the list of Olympic and World Championships medallists slated to compete continues to grow.

With hotshots Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Allyson Felix, Justin Gatlin, Sanya Richards-Ross and LaShawn Merritt among the early confirmations, The Sunday Gleaner can add that track and field enthusiasts at the May 3 meet will also have a number of other top local and international stars to look forward to.

Jamaican standout Kerron Stewart has looked good all throughout the background season and she along with 2013 NCAA champion and World Championships 100m finalist English Gardner from the USA will join the 100m field along with Alexandria Anderson, who was a member of the USA's 2011 and 2013 gold and silver medal-winning 4x100m relay team.

British star Christine Ohuruogu, the 2008 Olympic Games and two-time World 400m champion has been added to an already-stocked 400m line-up which also includes Richards-Ross and fastest Jamaican last year Stephenie McPherson - the World Championships finalist.

On the men's side, 400m World and Olympic medallist Leguelin Santos (Dominica Republic) and Jamaica's Javere Bell will join Merritt, the 2008 Beijing Olympic champion and reigning world champion in the 400m.

American shot put titans Christian Cantwell and Reese Hoffa will return to the island and will come up against Cory Martin, while Ryan Wilson has been added to the 110m hurdles field.

Other recently added athletes include Anneisha McLaughlin (200m - Jamaica), Gia Lewis Smallwood (discus - USA), Kimberly Duncan (200m - USA), Isaiah Young (200m - USA), Julian Reus (200m - Germany), Youseff Al-Masrahl (400m - Saudi Arabia), Justin Gamon (400m hurdles - USA).

Also confirmed to compete at the meet are Jamaicans Nesta Carter, Kaliese Spencer, Nickel Ashmeade as well as Americans Brianna Rollins, Curtis Mitchell and Francena McCorory.

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