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    Does anybody know when/where Justin Gatlin will make his pro debut outdoors?

    Thanks for any info.

  • #2
    Re: Gatlin pro outdoor debut?

    I've heard that both he and Tim Montgomery are signed up for the new meet in Mexico City the first weekend in May. Would their managers/coaches actually let them go head-to-head in such a relatively meaningless (in terms of bucks available for selling such a titanic matchup) meet?

    Oh yeah, they're both big Nike guys, so maybe they both race first--in keeping with recent tradition--on relays at Penn?


    • #3
      Re: Gatlin pro outdoor debut?

      OK, this is going to be LONNNNNG. Press release T&FN received on the staging of the Mexico meet:

      General Information:

      Grand Prix Banamex is an international Track & Field Athletics Meeting that
      aims to bring together some of the world's best athletes in Mexico. For Ana
      Guevara and other Mexican top-athletes the Grand Prix Banamex offers the
      opportunity to compete with international stars in Mexico.

      The idea to organise the Grand Prix Banamex was developed in February 2002
      by former top-athlete German Silva. Silva, a two-time winner of the New York
      City Marathon, ended his career in 2002 and wanted to stay involved in
      international Athletics. One of his dreams was to have an international
      Track & Field Meeting in Mexico. During his career as an international
      athlete, Silva was represented by the Dutch sports management agency Global
      Sports Communication, which is also the current manager of Ana Gabriela
      Guevara. Silva asked Global Sports Communication to assist him in organising
      the event. Only a little later, Silva and Global Sports Communication
      contacted Asdeporte, a Mexican company specialised in the organisation of
      running and triathlon events to assist them. Later these 3 parties founded
      the organising committee of the Grand Prix Mexico and asked Ana Gabriela
      Guevara to be their ambassador.

      With Ana winning all her races during the 2002 season and being one of 4
      athletes to share the 2002 Golden League Jackpot, athletics generated
      considerable exposure in Mexico. It helped to speed up the process of
      organising the event and attracted several major companies to become
      partners of the event. As a result the first edition of the Grand Prix
      Banamex will take place on May 3 2003 in the historical 1968 Mexico City
      Olympic Stadium.


      The Grand Prix Banamex has set the following goals:

      - To organise a world-class track meeting in Mexico City

      - To become a Grand Prix-I Meeting (IAAF-standard) within a
      period of 3 years time

      - To have at least 6 Olympic Champions, World
      Champions or World Record Holders participating in the meeting

      - To become the best Track Meeting in the Americas

      - To offer Ana Guevara a world class stage in Mexico

      - To support and develop Track & Field Athletics in Mexico


      The following athletes are confirmed for the event:

      100 m:

      Tim Montgomery USA
      Jon Drummond USA
      Troy Douglas NED
      Ato Boldon TRI
      Darren Campbell GBR
      Tim Harden USA
      Emedolu Uchenna NIG 200m, Commonwealth Champion 2002
      Nicholas Macrosonaris CAN

      200 m:

      Jamie Baulch GBR
      Troy Douglas NED
      Ato Boldon TRI
      Juan Pedro Toledo MEX
      Christopher Williams JAM 200m, Silver Medallist World Championships
      Darren Campbell GBR 200m, Silver Medallist Olympic Games 2000
      Emedolu Uchenna NIG 200m, Commonwealth Champion 2002
      Justin Gatlin USA 60m World Indoor Champion 2003

      400 m:

      Felix Sanchez DOM 400m hurdles, World Champion 2001, 2002
      Golden League Jackpot Winner
      Alejandro Cardenas MEX
      Matt Elias GBR
      Zsolt Szegelet HUN
      Avard Moncur BAH 400m World Champion 2001
      Alleyne Franique GRN
      Derek Brew USA

      1500 m:

      Jason Pyrah USA
      Enock Koech KEN 4K World Cross Country Champion 2001
      Elkanah Onkware Angweni KEN
      Juan Luis Barrios MEX
      Noah Ngeny KEN 1500m Olympic Champion 2000
      David Lelei KEN
      Yusef Abdi AUS
      Bryce Knight USA
      Ferdinando Vicari ITA
      Abdelhak Abdallah ITA
      Shadrack Lagat KEN 1500m World Junior Champion 1996

      3000 m:

      Reuben Kosgei KEN 3000m steeple chase Olympic Champion 2000
      Shadrack Kosgei KEN
      Pablo Olmedo MEX
      Teodoro Vega MEX
      Alejandro Suarez MEX
      Enos Ketter KEN
      Jonatan Morales MEX
      Mikhail Ekinov RUS
      Reda Benzine ALG
      Isaias Haro MEX
      David Galvan MEX

      110 m hurdles:

      Shawn Bownes RSA 110m hurdles Commonwealth Champion 2002
      Yoel Hernandez CUB
      Jonathan Nsenga BEL
      Anier Garcia CUB 110m hurdles Olympic Champion 2000
      Dudley Dorival HAI
      Ron Brammlet USA

      Long Jump:

      Miquel Pate USA Bronze medallist World Indoor Championships
      Savanté Stringfellow USA Silver medallist World Championships 2001
      Ignatsius Gasai GHA
      Ivan Pedroso CUB Olympic Champion 2000
      Thiago Dias BRA
      Bogdan Tudor ROM
      Kareem Street Thompson USA
      Luis Meliz CUB

      100 m:

      Ionela Tirlea ROM 400m hurdles European Champion 2002, National
      100m, 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles
      Julliet Campbell JAM 200m World Indoor Champion 2001
      Inge Miller USA 200m World Champion 1999, Silver
      Mercy Nku NIG
      Endurance Ojokolu NIG

      200 m:

      Mercy Nku NIG
      Inge Miller USA
      Alyson Felix USA
      Endurance Ojokulu NIG
      Julliet Campbell JAM

      300 m:

      Ana Guevara MEX
      Cathy Freeman AUS 400m Olympic Champion 2000 / double 400m
      World Champion
      Barbara Petrahn HUN
      Monique Hennagan USA 4x400m Olympic Champion 2000
      Tasita Bass USA
      Ionella Tirlea ROM 400m hurdles European Champion 2002
      Catherine Murphy GBR

      1500 m:

      Nouria Benida Merah ALG 1500m Olympic Champion 2000
      Regina Jacobs USA 1500m World Indoor Champion 2003 / 1500m
      World Indoor Record Holder
      Sarah Schwald USA
      Letitia Vriesde SUR Bronze medallist 800m World Championships
      Joanne Fenn GBR
      Madrea Hyman JAM
      Dulce Maria Rodriquez MEX
      Madai Perez MEX

      Long Jump:

      Grace Upshaw USA 2002 US National Indoor Champion
      Adrian Sawyer USA
      Shakeema Walker USA
      Luvia Pruteanu ROM
      Jackie Edwards BAH
      Dawn Burrel USA 2001 World Indoor Champion

      High Jump:

      Nicole Forrester USA 2001 World University Champion, 3rd
      Pan-American Games 1999
      Hestrie Cloete RSA 2001 World Champion, Silver medallist
      Olympic Games 2000
      Romary Rifka MEX
      Monica Iagar ROM 1998 European Champion, 1998 European Indoor
      Gwen Wentland USA


      • #4
        Mexico City Meet

        I think those are the best fields to compete in Mexico City since the '70's. It will be ver-r-r-r-y interesting to see the times and (LJ) distances.


        • #5

          I was hoping he'd run at Sea Ray, but he didn't. Looks like he's running only the 200 at the Mexico City meet. Probably his best event.


          • #6
            Re: Thanks

            If Alyson Felix runs in Mexico City the HS and American (and World) Junior records may go sub 22 seconds.


            • #7
              Re: Thanks

              and what a sad thing that would be..... the real tragedy of insane altitude-aided marks isn't that the screw up the all-time lists, it's that athletes/coaches/fans don't realize why the marks were so good and the athlete is doomed to spend forever wondering why he/she can't duplicate it.


              • #8
                Re: Thanks

                I agree, especially since Felix probably can get close to 22 this year at sea level.