World-beating fields highlight adidas Boston Indoor Games
INDIANAPOLIS- USA Track & Field’s 2004 Indoor Golden Spike Tour begins January 31 at the adidas Boston Indoor Games, as sprint/hurdle great Gail Devers and distance-running legend Haile Gebrselassie are among the athletes looking for record-setting performances. The meet will be broadcast live on Saturday from 6-7 p.m. Eastern Time, on ESPN2.
Devers, a two-time Olympic 100m gold medalist and seven-time world champion, will try to break her own indoor American record (7.74) in the women’s 60m hurdles. Gebrselassie, from Ethiopia, who has two Olympic gold medals in the 10,000 meters and nine World Championship titles at various distances, is trying to take back the 3,000 meters world indoor record, which Daniel Komen broke in 1998 with his record time of 7:24.90. Gebrselassie will compete in the adidas men’s 3,000m on Saturday.
Several other athletes will attempt to set new world, American or national marks at the meet. David Krummenacker, the defending 800m World Indoor Champion, wants to break his own 1000m American record (2:17.86) in the men’s 1,000 meters, which he set at this meet in 2002. Stacy Dragila, the 2000 Olympic gold medalist, will try to break her American record of 4.78 meters/15 feet, 8.25 inches in the Visa women’s pole vault.
Joey Woody, the 400m silver medalist at the 2003 World Outdoor Championships in the 400m hurdles, will attempt to break the 600m American record (1:15.80 by Chip Jenkins, 1987). In addition, Derartu Tulu (ETH), Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) and Meseret Defar (ETH) have set their sights on the 5000m world record (14:47.25), which was set by Gabriela Szabo in 1998.
Other top Americans scheduled to compete include World Outdoor Championships 200m gold medalist John Capel, 2001 World Indoor 200m gold medalist Shawn Crawford, Olympic 4x100m relay gold medalist Jon Drummond; and World Outdoor 200m silver medalist Darvis Patton in the Verizon men’s 60m; teen sensation Allyson Felix and World Outdoor 4x400m gold medalist Me’lisa Barber in the 400m; American indoor record holder Nicole Teter in the Sunny D Intense Sport Drink women’s 800; two-time U.S. indoor mile champion Jason Lunn in the men’s 3,000m; 2-time U.S. outdoor 1,500m champion Seneca Lassiter in the mile; and Olympic bronze medalist Melissa Morrison and 2001 world indoor and outdoor champion Anjanette Kirkland in the women’s 60m hurdles.
The ninth-annual Boston Indoor Games will be held at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College, and will be the first stop on USA Track & Field’s Indoor Golden Spike Tour. Tickets are available on-line at www.BostonIndoorGames.com or by calling 617-536-7030.
The 2004 Indoor Golden Spike Tour continues February 6 at the Verizon Millrose Games at New York’s Madison Square Garden, and on February 14 resumes at the Tyson Foods Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Tour then returns to Boston’s Reggie Lewis Center for the 2004 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships, held February 27-29. On March 6-7, the USA Indoor Combined Events Championships will be held for the third consecutive year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
For more information on the 2004 Indoor Golden Spike Tour, including a full list of TV times, visit www.usatf.org.
adidas Boston Indoor Games Start Lists (Subject to change. All countries USA unless other wise denoted)
Verizon Men’s 60m: John Capel, Shawn Crawford, Darvis Patton, Jon Drummond, Mickey Grimes, Bobby Williams (JAM), Pierre Browne (CAN), Nicholas Macrozonaris (CAN)
Men’s 600m: Joey Woody, Kobie Fuller, Frederick Sharpe, Trinity Gray, Osmar dos Santos (BRA), Sanderlei Parella (BRA)
Men’s 1000m: David Krummenacker, Sam Burley, Derrick Peterson, David Paulsen, Floyd Thompson, Patrick Nduwimana (BDI), Berhanu Alemu (ETH), Nicholas Wachira (KEN), Nate Brannen (CAN), Alex Kipchirchir (KEN)
Men’s Mile: Bryan Berryhill, Ibrahim Aden, Jason Pyrah, Ryan Bak, Seneca Lassiter, Charlie Gruber, William Chirchir (KEN), Marco Koers (NED), Laban Rotich (KEN), Boaz Cheboiwoyu (KEN), James Karanu (KEN), Fidel Beragezabi (BDI), Julius Achon (UGA)
adidas Men’s 3000m: Jonathon Riley, Dan Lincoln, Jason Lunn, Matt Lane, Luke Watson, Haile Gebrselassie (ETH), Kevin Sullivan (CAN), Alistair Cragg (IRL), Markos Geneti (ETH), Bernard Lagat (KEN), Michael Aish (NZL), Martin Keino (KEN), Anthony Whiteman (GBR), Nick Willis (NZL), Hudson de Souza (BRA), David Lelei (KEN)
College Distance Medley Relay: Arkansas, Michigan, Georgetown, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Villanova, UNC
adidas Women’s 400m: Allyson Felix, Melisa Barber, Tonique Williams (BAH), Karen Shinkens (IRE), Sandie Richards (JAM), Foy Williams (CAN)
Sunny D Intense Sports Drink Women’s 800m: Nicole Teter, Alice Schmidt, Jen Toomey, Hazel Clark, Chantee Earl, Tanya Blake (MALTA), Brigita Langerholc (SLO), Marian Burnett (GUY), Christiane dos Santos (BRA)
Women’s 1500m: Amy Rudolph, Carrie Tollefson, Nicole Jefferson, Shalane Flanagan, Miesha Marzell-Arnold, Mary Jane Harrelson, Sally Houser, Carmen Douma (CAN), Birhane Hirpasse (ETH), Meskerem Legesse (ETH), Mardrea Hyman (JAM)
Women’s 5000m: Blake Russell, Derartu Tulu (ETH), Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH), Meseret Defar (ETH), Larisa Michaileva (RUS), Kathy Butler (GBR), Catherine Berry (GBR), Ejegayehu Dibaba (ETH), Lyubov Kremleva (RUS), Sentayehu Ejigu (ETH)
Women’s 60m Hurdles: Gail Devers, Melissa Morrison, Meisha McKelvy-Jones, Jenny Adams, Anjanette Kirkland, Aquila Williams-Judge, Vonette Dixon (JAM), Linda Ferga (FRA)
Visa Women’s Pole Vault: Stacy Dragila, Jill Starkey, April Steiner, Jill Schwartz, Dana Ellis (CAN), Nastja Ryshich (GER)
Adidas Boston Indoor Games Schedule of Events (Subject to Change)
Master’s Mile – 5:30 pm Visa Women’s Pole Vault – 5:35 pm Girls’ High School Mile – 5:36 pm BAA Relay – 5:45 pm Men’s 600 Meter Run – 5:55 pm adidasWomen’s 400 Meter Run – 6:05 pm Men’s 1000 Meter Run – 6:10 pm Women’s 60 Meter Hurdles – 6:20 pm Sunny D Intense Sports Drink Women’s 800 meter Run – 6:30 pm Verizon Men’s 60 Meter Dash – 6:40 pm adidas Men’s 3000 Meter Run – 6:48 pm Boy’s High School Mile – 7:05 pm Men’s Mile Run – 7:15 pm Women’s 1500 Meter Run – 7:25 pm College Men’s DMR – 7:35 pm Women’s 5000 Meter Run – 7:50 pm # # #