Richards goes for 6th golden win in Brussels
2009 world champion Sanya Richards will be vying for her sixth and final win to secure her share of the $1 million Golden League jackpot Friday at the Memorial Van Damme in Brussels, Belgium.
Twice the winner of a share of the jackpot, Richards' main competition over 400 meters will be Beijing and Berlin silver medalist Shericka Williams (JAM). Also entered in the race are Richard's 4x400m gold-medal winning teammate Debbie Dunn and Monica Hargrove.
In the men's 100m, 2009 world silver medalist and American record holder Tyson Gay will line up against two-time world 4x100m gold medalist Darvis Patton, 2009 USA Outdoor champion Mike Rodgers and former world record holder and two-time world bronze medalist Asafa Powell (JAM).On the women's side, two-time world bronze medalist Carmelita Jeter will look for her second-consecutive Golden League win, having just won decisively in Zurich, running 10.86 and defeating the reigning gold and silver medalists, Shelly-Ann Fraser and Kerron Stewart .
The men's 200m will see the seemingly unbeatable Usain Bolt (JAM), the man with three Olympic titles, three world titles and three world records to his name, versus Wallace Spearmon, the fifth-fastest man ever and three-time world medalist over that distance.
According to the meeting's website, two-time world champion and '09 silver medalist Jeremy Wariner is out to break Michael Johnson's stadium record of 44.06 in the men's 400m. Two-time USA Outdoor champion Nick Symmonds is entered in the men's 800m, and Maggie Vessey and Anna Willard will be running the 800 on the women's side.
2008 Olympic bronze medalist David Oliver is returning to form following an injury earlier in the season and will be looking to win the men's 110m hurdles. Oliver will face stiff competition from reigning world champion Ryan Brathwaite (BAR) and 2009 USA Indoor runner-up Dexter Faulk.
In field event action, 2009 silver medalist Chelsea Johnson is entered in the women's pole vault and '05 silver medalist Chaunte Howard will be competing in the women's high jump. 2008 Olympian Mike Hazle is entered in the men's javelin.
For more information and complete results from the Memorial Van Damme, visit IAAF.org.
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