Racers Grand Prix --- Boris Hanzekovic Memorial - Oblique Seville of Jamaica led the 100m qualifiers on day 1 with 9.86 personal best at the Budapest 23 World Athletics Championships
FILE PHOTO: Oblique Seville

The sixth staging of the Racers Grand Prix, which will be held in Kingston, Jamaica, on June 1, will feature a star-studded lineup and promise intense competition.

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The organizers have announced that the meeting will feature thirteen events, including sprints and field events like the 100m, 200m, 400m, 100mh, 110mh, 400mh, long and triple jump, and men’s discus. The event will start at 7:00 p.m. and last for two and a half hours.

Noah Lyles, Oblique Seville, Zharnel Hughes Set for Epic Showdown at Racers Grand Prix

Reigning World Champion Noah Lyles, World bronze medalist Zharnel Hughes of Great Britain, and Jamaica’s Oblique Seville will compete in a rematch of last year’s epic 100m final in Budapest. Joining this illustrious field will be Jamaica’s national U20 record holder, Bouwahjgie Nkrumie (9.99).

In the women’s equivalent, Julien Alfred, the newly minted world indoor champion at 60m hurdles, will compete against Jamaica’s rising star Alana Reid and American speedster Mikiah Brisco.

Olympic champion Hansle Parchment, a formidable force in the men’s 110m hurdles, will lead a strong field. American Trey Cunninghan, silver medalist at the Oregon World Championships, his countryman Robert Dunning, and Jamaican duo Tyler Mason and Damion Thomas will provide stiff competition.

Devvyne Charlton, Megan Tapper, Ackera Nugent Set for Hurdle Showdown at Racers Grand Prix

Devvyne Charlton, the world record holder over 60m hurdles, will face quality opposition over the 100m hurdles in Megan Tapper, a bronze medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, and Ackera Nugent, a two-time NCAA champion and 2021 World U20 champion. Great Britain’s Cindy Sember will add luster to this mouth-watering contest.

World champion Antonio Watson should receive a stern test over the 400m from American Champion Allison and Nigeria’s Emmanuel Bamidele. Javon Francis, a hometown favorite, will make his highly anticipated return along with Demish Gaye.

Irish star quarter-miler Rhasidat Adeleke will debut on Jamaican soil in the women’s 400m. The World Championship finalist will be joined by a host of Jamaicans, including Candice McLeod, Charokee Young, Stacy-Ann Williams, and Junelle Bromfield. Rising Guyanese star Aliyah Abrams will relish competing against quality opponents.

American Abby Steiner, whose stocks have recently fallen, will look for a confidence-boosting performance in the women’s 200m. Lanae-Tava Thomas, who transferred allegiance from the United States to Jamaica on November 6, 2023, will aim to continue her rapid improvement. Former child prodigy Candace Hill will use the opportunity to rediscover her best form.

The men’s triple will feature jumping sensation, Jaydon Hibbert, world U20 record holder, and Will Claye, the third-best jumper of all time.

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