May 31, 2017

Top Women Hurdlers on Tap for adidas Boost Boston Games

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BOSTON, Mass. (May 31, 2017)—U.S. stars Dawn Harper-Nelson, Nia Ali, Sharika Nelvis and Jasmin Stowers and Great Britain’s Tiffany Porter and Cindy Ofili have been added to the field for the 100-meter hurdles at Sunday’s adidas Boost Boston Games, organizers announced today.

Along with the previously announced Sally Pearson, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist, and Danielle Williams, the reigning IAAF World Champion, the women have earned 17 medals in major international competition going back to 2008: 63 percent of the possible total from the past three Olympics, World Championships, and World Indoor Championships.

Harper-Nelson is the 2008 Olympic gold medalist and 2012 Olympic silver medalist, while Ali is the 2016 Olympic silver medalist. Nelvis is the second-fastest woman in the world this year and Stowers, the 2015 U.S. Indoor Champion in the 60-meter hurdles, is coming off a victory at last weekend’s Pre Classic that put her at #3 on the world list for 2017. Porter owns a bronze medal from the 2013 IAAF World Championships; Ofili, her sister, finished fourth in the 2016 Olympics.

They will be among the stars competing in the heart of Boston this Sunday on a 200-meter track to be erected on Charles Street between the Public Garden and Boston Common. Sprints, hurdles, long jump and pole vault will be featured. Finish-line VIP seats are available for $75, which include food, beverage and a $50 adidas gift card, with a limited number of additional finish-line seats at $25. Tickets are on sale at www.adidasboostboston.com, with free standing room on a first-come, first-served basis.

Also set to compete on Charles Street are Candace Hill, the 2016 World Under-20 Champion and 100m World Youth Record-holder, and long jumper Will Claye, a three-time Olympic medalist. In an event tailor-made for a street meet, Shamier Little, the 2015 IAAF World Championships silver medalist in the 400-meter hurdles, will face Cassandra Tate, the bronze medalist that year, in the 200-meter hurdles. The world best is 25.05, set by Great Britain’s Meghan Beasley in 2014.

They will join Olympic gold medalists Wayde van Niekerk, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Tori Bowie, Jeff Henderson, Jenn Suhr, and Yohan Blake on Charles Street. Noah Lyles has withdrawn from the meet.

In the event’s distance festival, set for Friday at 5 p.m. at Dilboy Memorial Stadium in Somerville, American stars Paul Chelimo, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist at 5000 meters, and Gabe Grunewald, the 2014 U.S. Indoor Champion at 3000 meters, will contest the men’s and women’s 1500 meters, respectively. Grunewald is attempting to earn a qualifying time to compete in the USATF Outdoor Championships later this month before beginning treatment for a cancer recurrence.

Already set for Somerville were Christine Ohuruogu of Great Britain, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist at 400 meters; Donavan Brazier of the USA, 2016 NCAA Champion and American Junior Record-holder at 800 meters; and Drew Hunter, who in 2016 broke Alan Webb’s 15-year-old high school record in the indoor mile when he ran 3:58.25.

Also announced earlier is the top-notch men’s 5000 meters. Last year, Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia ran 12:59.89 here, one of the fastest times ever on U.S. soil. The 2012 Olympic silver medalist returns, this time facing Edwin Soi and Thomas Longosiwa of Kenya, the 2008 and 2012 Olympic bronze medalists, respectively, and Muktar Edris of Ethiopia, the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country bronze medalist. Nick Willis and Ajeé Wilson have withdrawn from the meet.

Tickets for the Somerville distance festival, at $10, are available at www.adidasboostboston.com, and will again include a post-race barbecue where fans can get autographs and selfies with world-class athletes. The first 1,000 ticket-buyers will also receive a free T-shirt.

Full entry lists for the pro events as well as the adidas Boys’ and Girls’ Dream Miles and the adidas Boy’s and Girls’ Dream 100s, featuring many of the best high school milers and sprinters in the country, are available at www.adidasboostboston.com, under Events.

The adidas Boost Boston Games will be broadcast live on NBCSN on June 4 from 4-6 p.m. More on the adidas Boost Boston Games, which is part of the 2017 USATF Championship Series, is available at www.adidasBoostBoston.com; on Facebook at adidasBoostBostonGames; on Twitter at @adidasBoostBos; and on Instagram at adidasBoostBostonGames.

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