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4 Superstars Kick Off Roster for adidas Grand Prix in NYC
Blake, Bondarenko, Suhr, Pearson to Highlight 10th Edition on June 14

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Posted Sunday, 16 March, 2014

NEW YORK CITY - A pair of Olympic gold medalists and two World Champions—Yohan Blake, Bohdan Bondarenko, Jenn Suhr, and Sally Pearson—are the first headliners to be announced for the adidas Grand Prix, which this year marks its 10th year of bringing the world’s top athletes to Icahn Stadium.

One of the premier track-and-field events in the world, the adidas Grand Prix has hosted two World Records and 15 National Records in its first nine years, and its fans have had the privilege of witnessing almost a dozen performances that were the fastest ever recorded on U.S. soil.

Tickets for the event, at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island, are on sale now or by calling 1-877-849-8722. For a limited time, use the promo code ADIDAS14 and get 10 percent off!

Also available for purchase now are Family Packs of Backstretch Tickets, available for $80 and $50 for sets of 4 tickets in both the Backstretch Reserved and Backstretch General Admission seating areas, respectively. *Family Pack tickets are not subject to any further discounts.

Looking at our first track stars announced for this year's adidas Grand Prix:

• Yohan Blake, the double 2011 IAAF World Champion at 100 meters and in the 4x100-meter relay from Jamaica, is the 2012 Olympic silver medalist at both 100 meters and 200 meters and gold medalist in the 4x100m.“After not being able to run in New York City last year, I can't wait to get into my blocks,” said Blake, who is coming back from injury. “The opportunity to compete against international athletes in front of New York’s Caribbean community just gets my adrenaline pumping.”

• Making his U.S. debut will be Bohdan Bondarenko, the reigning World Champion in the high jump from Ukraine who was honored as 2013 Male Athlete of the Year by Track & Field News magazine. Bondarenko twice last season jumped 2.41 meters/7 feet, 10.75 inches, the highest outdoor clearance in the world since 1994, and has already taken several attempts at the World Record.

• Jenn Suhr, a two-time Olympic medalist (gold, 2012; silver, 2008), has dominated U.S. women’s pole vaulting for almost a decade. Last year, already the American Record-holder outdoors, Suhr broke the World Indoor Record when she jumped 5.02m/16 feet, 5.50 inches. At 32, she owns 14 national titles and the 13 highest jumps in U.S. history.

• Rounding out the star-studded international quartet is Australia’s Sally Pearson, also a two-time Olympic medalist: The reigning Olympic Champion in the 100-meter hurdles, she earned silver in 2008. Pearson, 27, is also the 2011 World Champion and 2012 World Indoor Champion, and in 2011 was honored as the IAAF Female Athlete of the Year.

The sixth stop on the international IAAF Diamond League circuit, the adidas Grand Prixis in its 10th year at Icahn Stadium, in conjunction with the Randall’s Island Sports Alliance. The latest news, photos and information on the event can be found; on Facebook and on Twitter.



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