Plethora of global stars for Jamaica International Invitational

Reigning world 100 metre champions, Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and American Christian Coleman are among a plethora of global track and field stars already confirmed to compete at the 2020 edition of the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) on May 2 at theNational Stadium, according to Meet Director and Athletes' Liaison Donald Quarrie.

The JII which is returning after a one year break, forms part of the new World Athletics Continental Tour with a silver designation. While remaining coy about which events the two marquee sprinters will be contesting on Jamaican shores in just over two months, Quarrie listed Fraser-Pryce and Coleman among the stars already confirmed for the meet.

Jamaica's double Olympic sprint champion from Rio 2016, Elaine Thompson, Bahamian Shaunae Millier-Uibo, who took silver in the 400 in Doha at last summer's World Championships along with Jamaica's Shericka Jackson are among the females also listed to compete.

Other male sprinters down to compete at the Jamaica International Invitational are American world 200m champion Noah Lyles, Justin Gatlin, Yohan Blake and Canada's Andre Degrasse. 

According to Quarrie, American sprint and 400m hurdles world record holders Kendra Harrison and Dalilah Muhhamad will join Jamaican hurdlers Danielle Williams and Rushell Clayton.

In the field events, world long jump gold medallist Tajaye Gayle, triple jump silver medallist Shanieka Ricketts and discus silver medallist Fedrick Dacres and shot put silver medallist Danniel Thomas-Dodd are also among those confirmed.



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