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Big names confirmed for Jamaica Invitational

Usain Bolt heads a host of Olympic and World champions for the Jamaica National Building Society’s (JN) Jamaica International Invitational Meet to be held at the National Stadium on Saturday, May 5.

The meet, which is pushing for Diamond League status, will have Bolt — the Olympic champion in the 100m, 200m in record time — as one of seven top-class athletes signed to compete at the track and field event.

Assistant general manager of JN group marketing, sales and promotion, Leon Mitchell (2nd left), in discussion with JAAA executives (from left) Donald Quarrie (left), president Dr Warren Blake and Ludlow Watt at the launch of the JN Invitational meet at the Wyndham Kingston Hotel yesterday. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

“It is always a great privilege to run in front of my home fans,” double world record-holder Bolt said on his website of competing in the IAAF world challenge-level meeting.

“There is always great energy and excitement in the stadium and I will look to put on a good show for the fans.

“This will be my first big meet of 2012 as I prepare to defend my titles in the Olympic Games in London in August,” added Bolt, who has already been confirmed for the Golden Spike in Ostrava, Golden Gala in Rome and Bislett Games in Oslo.

World Championship 100m male and female champion Yohan Blake and Carmelita Jeter of the USA; defending Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce; Olympic 400m hurdles champion Melaine Walker; Grenada’s 400m World Champion Kirani James and former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell, have all confirmed their participation for the event.

At the press launch at the Wyndham Kingston Hotel yesterday, meet director Donald Quarrie, promised another fantastic event.

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