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Posted: June 7, 2022::  

Athletics: Sprint sensation Sha’Carri Richardson to take on Olympic medalist Gabby Thomas at USATF NYC Grand Prix on Sun., Jun 12

Star-studded US sprint clashes highlight Continental Tour Gold event at Icahn Stadium two weeks out from Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships

NEW YORK, New York. (Jun. 6, 2022) – Sha’Carri Richardson, the sixth-fastest woman in history at 100 meters will continue her strong start to the 2022 track season at the USATF NYC Grand Prix on Sunday, June 12, organizers announced today.

A new gold-level stop on World Athletics’ Continental Tour Gold, the USATF NYC Grand Prix will take place at Icahn Stadium on Randalls Island in New York City on Sunday, June 12. Tickets for the event on are now on sale at https://www.usatf.org/tickets.

Richardson clocked a strong 10.92 to finish second behind Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah at the recent Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field in Eugene, venue of this month’s Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships and host to the World Athletics Championships in July. The former LSU Tiger became the fourth fastest American woman in history when setting her lifetime best of 10.72 last summer and will bid for her first senior international Team USA vest later this month.

She will face stiff competition from a field that includes double Olympic medalist Gabby Thomas, who will double up in New York, contesting both the 100 meters and 200 meters.

World 200 meters champion Noah Lyles will take on world U20 record-holder Erriyon Knighton and Olympic silver medalist Kenny Bednarek, in what promises to be a scorching 200 meters clash. All three sprinters have lifetime bests under 19.70 with Knighton and Lyles ranked #4 and #5 all-time.

Additional updates to starter fields include:

• 2021 NCAA champion and Olympic 800 meters semi-finalist Isaiah Jewett will line up against 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Clayton Murphy and 2022 World Indoor Championships bronze medalist Bryce Hoppel.

• Previously announced 2016 Olympic 400m hurdles champion Dalilah Muhammad had to withdraw from this year’s USATF NYC Grand Prix.

The deadline to apply for media credentials is at midnight on Tue., June 7, 2022.

The 2022 USATF NYC Grand Prix will be shown live on NBC from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday, June 12 and is a member of the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold.

About the Randalls Island Park Alliance

The Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA), founded in 1992, is a public-private partnership with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation that seeks to realize the unique potential of 330 waterfront parkland acres anchoring Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens. RIPA works with the City and local communities to provide an innovative and exciting destination through a wide range of sports venues, cultural events, and environmental exploration. As the dedicated steward of Randall’s Island Park, the Alliance sustains, maintains, develops and programs the Park to support the well-being of all New Yorkers.The Park offers miles of waterfront pathways, almost nine acres of wetlands, an urban farm, Icahn Stadium - an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Class 1 certified running track with a 400-meter Mondo Super X Surface - a golf center, a 20-court tennis center, and over 60 new playing fields, as well as the Harlem River Event Site. For more information, please visit RandallsIsland.org

About USATF

USA Track & Field (USATF) is the national governing body for track and field, long-distance running, and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the country’s No. 1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. For more information on USATF, visit USATF.org.


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