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Thompson, Coe among latest JN Racers Grand Prix confirmations

Published:Tuesday | May 30, 2017 | 2:15 PMLivingston Scott

Livingston Scott, Gleaner Writer

Olympic double sprint champion, Elaine Thompson, IAAF president, Sebastian Coe and Prime Minister, Andrew Holness will add to the already star-studded JN Racer Grand Prix track meet set for June 10 at the National Stadium.

Thompson, was one of the many new athletes confirmed for the meet at a press conference at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Tuesday and will compete in the 100m.

Also added to the women's 100m sprint event are USA's English Gardener and Ecuador's, Angela Tenorio.

Thompson has been on fire since the start of the year, although she suffered a setback after a loss in the 200m at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday. However, she will be looking to rebound at the JN Racers Grand Prix and continue her progress to the 2017 World Championships this summer.

Other new athletes confirmed for the meet include Shericka Jackson and USA's Francino McCorory for the women's 400m. In the women 100m hurdles, Sally Pearson, Danielle Williams and Nia Ali have also been added.

Meanwhile, IAAF president, Coe, a long-time admirer of Bolt, will make the trip to see the legend's final race at home and will be making a presentation at the event. The nation's prime minister, Andrew Holness, will also make a special presentation to Bolt.

The meet is scheduled to start at 6:00 pm and the last race, which will include Bolt, is set for 10.10 pm.