Young Americans to face veteran Frater

Published: Friday | December 13, 2013 Comments 0
Two-time Olympic relay gold medallist Michael Frater. - Contributed
Two-time Olympic relay gold medallist Michael Frater. - Contributed

NEW YORK:

Two-time Olympic relay gold medallist, Michael Frater, will be looking to keep Jamaica sprinting atop the podium in the 60-metre dash at the New York Road Runners Millrose Games on February 15, 2014. But the 31-year-old's task won't be easy as three young Americans - US Olympian Isiah Young, and 2013 NCAA champions D'Angelo Cherry, and Ameer Webb - will be in on the chase.

"All three Americans were born in the early 1990s," said Dr Norbert Sander, the executive director of the Armory Foundation. "This could well be a race of Olympic contenders in both Rio in 2016 and Tokyo in 2020."

Frater - who won global 4x100m gold in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 - joined Nesta Carter, Yohan Blake, and Usain Bolt on Jamaica's world-record relay team (36.84) at the London Olympics. But he has also taken individual silver at the World Championships in Helsinki in 2005.

Armory regulars are well acquainted with Cherry, who won the 60m dash for Mississippi State at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in both 2012 and 2013. Even before that, at the 2008 National Scholastic Invitational Championships here, he broke the national high school record in the 55m dash (6.14).

"The Armory is one of my most favourite places to race," said Cherry, who won 60m titles at the US and NCAA Championships last winter. "I'm in good shape and looking forward to running a great race at the Millrose Games."

Young - a surprise 200m qualifier for the London Games out of the University of Mississippi - has posted sub-10 in the 100 and sub-20 in the 200 in 2013, but finished second to Webb in the 200m final at the NCAA Championships in June. Running for Texas A&M, Webb won back-to-back NCAA indoor titles in the 200m as well.

Frater won't be the lone Jamaican as young countryman Kimmari Roach - who ran at the adidas Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium as a 20-year-old - is also in the field.

Tickets for the Games can be purchased at NYRRMillroseGames.org. The 2014 NYRR Millrose Games will begin at noon and conclude at 6:30 p.m.

Since its inception in 1908, the NYRR Millrose Games is one of track and field's most prestigious annual events. A New York City sports staple, the meet moved to New Balance Track & Field Centre at The Armory in Washington Heights in 2012 after having called the Madison Square Garden home from 1914 to 2011.

 

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