Three-time Olympic medalist and former World Champion Carmelita Jeter will compete in the AIT International Arena Grand Prix on 18 February. The American sprinter will run in the 60m event.
Jeter, the second-fastest woman of all time, joins Asafa Powell and Mutaz Barshim in what is building up to be a star-studded evening in the midlands venue. Currently Jeter holds three of the top ten fastest times ever run.
A silver medalist over 60m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in 2010, Jeter’s PB at that distance is 7.02 secs. The 34-year-old was 100m World Champion in 2011, winning silver over 200m the following year.
At the London Olympics she garnered bronze in the 200m, as well as gold in the record-breaking 4x100m relay.
The participants for the hugely anticipated Deloitte Mile were also announced today. Vying to be the first man to run sub-four minutes indoor in Ireland are Ciaran O’Lionaird, Eoin Everard, John Travers, John Coghlan, Conor Bradley, Danny Mooney, Joe Warne, Ben Blankenship and James O’Hare.
O’Lionaird ran the mile in 3:52.10 at the Armory Track, New York in February 2013 and will surely be looking to repeat that form in Athlone. University athlete of the year John Travers will be hoping that the return to his alma mater will be a successful one.
Tickets for the AIT International Arena Grand Prix can be purchased online at www.aitsport.ie, priced at €20 and €10, excluding handling charge.