Olympic Champion Sanya Richards Ross joins teammate & Olympic Champion Allyson Felix of USA as latest headliner at Edmonton’s Track Town Classic
Track Town Canada is pleased to announce superstar USA Sprint Queens Allyson Felix and Sanya Richards Ross, whom together have won over 16 IAAF World Championships medals and 10 Olympic medals, as the latest headliners to join a star-studded field for Edmonton’s Track Town Classic (TTC) on July 12.
Long-ranked the world’s best 400m runner, Sanya Richards-Ross brought home her first 400m Olympic gold at the London 2012 Olympics. She has been an imperative leader on the four-time World Championship and three-time Olympic gold medal 4x400m team - with teammate, Allyson Felix. Considered one of the world’s fastest women, with a personal best of 48.70 seconds, she has the most sub-50 second 400m races in history. This is Sanya’s second appearance in Edmonton as she raced for the first time back in 2013.
In 2012 Felix won her long-awaited individual Olympic gold medal in the 200m, and became the first athlete since Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988 to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games. She made history at the 2009 IAAF World Outdoor Championships by becoming the first woman ever to win three world 200-meter titles. Felix has a personal best of 10.89 seconds for the 100m, which she run at the Track Town Classic and this will be the first time that Allyson has ever run in Canada.
Track Town Classic Meet Director Peter Ogilvie says, “With today’s announcement, we are extremely proud to feature the two biggest female stars in the sport of track and field. Having both Allyson and Sanya here will allow us to push the quality of our competition to another level and allow us to again showcase the best line-up ever to compete at a track and field event in Canada. We are so privileged to showcase these amazing women and role models for Canadians to see here in Track Town Canada - Edmonton, Canada.”
Also confirmed this morning for this year’s event is Canadian high jump star Derek Drouin, hurdler Angela Whyte of Edmonton, Olympic 400m silver medalist Luguelin Santos of the Dominican Republic and USA sprinter Marvin Bracy, who will run in the 100m looking to crack the meet record of 10.05 seconds which is shared by both Justin Gatlin of the USA (2014) and Yohan Blake of Jamaica (2012).
The TTC will feature 24 athletes who have won medals at the Olympics or World Championships. Athletes will come from 16 countries and a total of 18 events will take place on July 12 in about two and a half hours.
The Track Town Classic is an opportunity to witness and support Canadian athletes in their quest for success at the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games and the 2015 IAAF Beijing World Championships as they prepare for their journey on the road to the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games.
Tickets are on sale now for as low as $12 per person, and available through the Track Town Classic website: www.tracktownclassic.com or the Track Town Canada mobile app available at the Apple App Store or Android Store.
More information can be found on the event on the TTC Facebook page and on Twitter (@tracktowncan).
All members of the working media are reminded they need accreditation to cover the event on July 12. An online form is available through the TrackTown Canada website: wwwtracktowncan.com or the Track Town Canada mobile app available at the Apple App Store or Android Store.
TrackTown Canada is committed to setting a standard of excellence in the sport of athletics by hosting premier events, creating a supportive environment for elite athletic performances, improving facilities and inspiring the next generation of track & field athletes, coaches, volunteers and fans.
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