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Jamaica and Usain Bolt’s first global relay gold medal came in 2008 at the Beijing Olympic Games. Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Bolt and Asafa Powell formed the quartet at the time. But come Saturday, 10 June, all four men will be creating history by lining up together in one race, for the final time, at the National Stadium in Jamaica.
The occasion, JN Racers Grand Prix Meet, will be sprint legend Bolt’s last race in Jamaica.
According to the Provisional Start List, the men’s 100m, “salute to a legend” field, set for 10:10pm will feature Bolt, Frater, Powell, Carter, Antiguan Daniel Bailey, Barbadian Ramon Gittens along with fellow Jamaicans Jevaughn Minzie and Nickel Ashmeade.
Yohan Blake, the 2011 world champion, heads the men’s 100m field, which includes South African world leader Akani Simbine, Kemar Bailey-Cole, also of Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago’s Keston Bledman and Emmanuel Callender, American Bryce Robinson and Antoine Adams of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Terrell Cotton of USA, along with Jason Rogers of St. Kitts and Nevis, Canadian Andre Ford, and Jamaican Oshane Bailey are in the men’s 100m A race.
Americans Barbara Pierre, Candice Hill and English Gardner, Trinidad and Tobago’s Kelly-Ann Baptise, along with Jamaicans Gayon Evans, Sasha-lee Forbes and Natasha Morrison, headline the women’s 100m.
World record holder and Olympic 400m champion Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa, Zharnel Hughes of Great Britain and Rasheed Dwyer are listed for the men’s half lapper.
The women’s event will have Bahamian Anthonique Strachan, Americans Dezerea Bryant and Kimberlyn Duncan, Sada Williams of Barbados along with Jamaican Jura Levy.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Cedenio, Great Britain’s Delano Williams and Jamaicans Fitzroy Dunkley and Demish Gaye will headline the men’s 400m.
Jamaica’s World and Olympic bronze medallist Shericka Jackson and American Allyson Felix are the big two in the women’s 400m.
David Rudisha, Kenya’s world 800m record holder, will be the star in that event, while Mo Farah, two-time Olympic 5,000/10,000m champion, will lead the field in the men’s 3,000m.
Jamaicans Hansle Parchment, Ronald Levy and Andrew Riley face American Devon Allen in the men’s 110m hurdles.
Jamaica’s world champion Danielle Williams awaits Americans Nia Ali and Sharika Nelvis, along with former world and Olympic champion Sally Pearson of Australia in the women’s 100m hurdles.
Jaheel Hyde, Jamaica’s twice world junior champion, Javier Culson of Puerto Rico, American Johnny Dutch and Roxroy Cato, also of Jamaica, are the top men in the one lap obstacle.
Shamier Little, Dalliah Muhammad and Cassandra Tate make America’s presence very strong in the women’s 400m hurdles, which will have Jamaicans Ristananna Tracey, Leah Nugent, Rhonda Whyte and Nikita Tracey.
Christian Taylor is the big man entered for the men’s triple jump where he will face Leevan Sands of Bahamas and Jamaican Damion McLean.