Nine Medalists Added To Grand Prix Field

World champion Jenny Simpson will appear in New York City next month. Photo: IAAF

The men’s 1500m race will be especially exciting.

The upcoming adidas Grand Prix in New York City on June 9 is shaping up to be quite a series of races. The IAAF is reporting that an additional nine athletes who have won a total of 26 world championship medals were added to the field.

One of those athletes is reigning world champion in the 1500m, Jenny Simpson of the United States.

The men’s 1500m will be an exciting matchup between world bronze medalist Matt Centrowitz and fellow Americans Bernard Lagat and Leo Manzano.

Of the three, Centrowtiz is a rising star. Just 22, he recently turned pro. But before doing so, Centrotwitz won both the NCAA and U.S. titles at the 1500m distance.

At 37 years old, Lagat comes into the race as the seasoned veteran. The former Kenyan citizen is a two-time Olympic medalist (2000 and 2004) in the 1500m. He is also an eight-time winner of the famed Wanamaker Mile.

Elite Americans aside, the New York race will also host a showdown in the 800m between 2009 world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi of South Africa and reigning world champion and world-record holder, David Rudisha of Kenya.

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