Oblique Seville in strong 100m race at Adidas Atlanta Games
KINGSTON, Jamaica – World Championship finalist Oblique Seville will face a strong field in the men’s 100m at Saturday’s inaugural Adidas Atlanta City Games to be held in Atlanta, Georgia with the first event set to start at 4:00pm, Jamaica time.
Nine Jamaicans are down to take part in the meet that will be held on a specially-built, elevated 150-metre track in Centennial Olympic Park.
Seville, who is ranked number three in the world after running 9.95 seconds in mid-March, will line up against compatriots Jelani Walker and Ryiem Forde as well as world number two ranked Akani Simbine of South Africa, European champion Zharnel Hughes of Great Britain and Americans Ronnie Baker and Terrance Laird.
The event will be run as prelims with the top five advancing to the final.
Ashanti Moore is the only Jamaican in the women’s race that will also see Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast and Americans Aleia Hobbs and Cambrea Sturgis.
The sprint hurdles events will feature World Athletics champions Tobi Amusan of Nigeria and American Grant Holloway.
Jamaicans Crystal Morrison and Danielle Williams will contest the women’s race that will include Amusan who is also the world record holder, Kendra Harrison, Amber Hughes and Anna Hall.
Damion Thomas is the only Jamaican in the 110m hurdles race where Holloway will start favourite and will also see Freddie Cittenden, Trey Cunningham and Jamal Britt.
Antonio Watson will contest a men’s 150m against 200m World Championships gold medallist Noah Lyles, Erriyon Knighton, Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake of Great Britain.
Remona Burchell will contest the Women’s 150m B final.
Meanwhile, Natoya Goule will contest the women’s 600m race against Americans Ajee Wilson, Courtney Okolo and Sammy Watson while Rajay Hamilton will contest the men’s race against Bryce Hoppel, Ryan Sanchez and Kameron Jones.