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Jamaican sprint stars, Asafa Powell and Shelly-Ann Fraser, as well as Kenyan distance specialist Micah Kogo and America’s pole vault standout Jenn Stuczynski and sprinter Allyson Felix, will compete at the 2009 Reebok Grand Prix, organizers announced Tuesday.
Considered one of the premier annual outdoor, invitational meets, the Reebok Grand Prix is the fourth stop of the USA Track & Field’s Visa Championship Series. It will be held on Saturday, May 30, at the Icahn Stadium, Randall’s Island, New York City.
Powell, 26, held the 100 metres world record from June 2005 to May 2008 and has consistently broken the 10-second barrier in competition, while running under 9.80 more times than all other sprinters combined. The two-time Olympian won a gold medal and broke the world record in the 4×100 m relay as the anchor of the Jamaican team in Beijing.
His teammate, Shelly-Ann Fraser, became the first Jamaican woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the 100 metres at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Less than one month ago, Kogo, 22, broke the world record for 10 kilometres on his way to winning the 21st Parelloop 10k in Brunssum, Holland. The Kenyan distance star won bronze in the 10,000 metres at the Beijing Olympics.
The 27-year old Stuczynski broke her own American indoor record in the pole vault, when she successfully cleared 15 feet, 10 inches at the 2009 U.S. Indoor Nationals, giving her a seventh U.S. title. The 2008 Olympic silver medalist has been the number one ranked American pole vaulter since 2006.
Felix is the current and two-time world champion at 200 metres. The 23-year old American ran her season’s best time in Beijing, earning the second silver medal in the event. She also took home her first Olympic gold this past summer, as part of the 4×400 metres relay team.

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