World and Olympic 400m hurdles champion Melanie Walker has been confirmed for the 100m hurdles at the Jamaica International Invitational meet to be held here on May 4.
Walker will be running the sprint hurdle in a competitive event for the first time since 2006, when she was a student at the University of Texas.
She is expected to have a face off with London Olympic Games 100m hurdles silver medallist Dawn Harper of the U.S., and Jamaica’s Olympic Games semi-finalist Shermaine Williams.
One of the most anticipated event is the women’s 100m, where athletes including Veronica Campbell Brown, American Allyson Felix, double Olympic sprint finalist Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast, and Trinidad’s Kelly Ann Baptiste, would be competing for the top honour.
Bolt to race
World record holder and World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt will run the 200m, along with Olympic bronze medallist Warren Weir, IAAF Diamond League winner Nickel Ashmeade and American Wallace Spearmon.
Jamaica’s Olympic silver medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will race against Olympic silver medallist Kerron Stewart and American Bianca Knight in the 200m.
Donald Quarrie, athletes’ liaison for the meet, says world 100m champion Yohan Blake, who is nursing an injury, will not be competing.
Twenty Olympic individual finalists from London have confirmed their entries in the meet that will see the addition of the men’s and women’s discus event, a requirement from the IAAF.