World Express Athletes Travel to BrazilBrown, Kirk, Faulk, Williams and Witherspoon in Sao Paulo and Belem GP
Sao Paulo, Brazil - May 21, 2008
World Express Athletic Management has sent five (5) of its athletes to Brazil looking for fast times and continue their preparation for the upcoming US Olympic Trials.
Competing in Sao Paulo and then in the grand prix event in Belem, World Express athletes will compete in the following events:
||Men’s 110m hurdles
||Men’s 110m hurdles
Ivory WilliamsHas started the season on fire setting PRs in each of his races so far in 2008. Scored victories in Guadeloupe (:10.09) and Martinique (:10.07w) with a :10.11 prelim clocking in Guadeloupe chopping his previous career best down from :10.13 set in 2007. Looking to sharpen up before he flies to Europe for his first Golden League event in 2008 – Berlin ISTAF (Germany).
Joel BrownStarted the season a little slow but has picked it up since late April. Ran a :13.21 split on the World and American Record Shuttle Hurdle Relay at the Penn Relays. Then travel to Doha and ran a season’s best :13.38 for 2nd behind training mate David Oliver. A veteran of the Brazil meetings, Brown has scored several victories in the past and set a meeting record (:13.44) in Rio de Janerio in 2006. Will also travel to Berlin for the ISTAF Golden League meet after Belem.
Sherridan KirkThe talented Trinidad & Tobago half-miler returns to Brazil seeking to defend his titles in 2007. Kirk scored convincing victories in Fortaleza and Belem in 2007 and looks to do the same in 2008. Training has been picking up with some fast times expected. Coach Chris Fox is gearing Kirk up for a run at the Olympic Games with the goal to make the finals. So far has placed 3rd in Jamaica and 2nd in Martinique.
Reggie Witherspoon“Spoon” as he is affectionately called did not run during the winter indoor season but is on pace for some eye opening times. Opened the season at :20.79 and then chopped it down to :20.66 in Martinique after a 400m race in lane one. Career best is :20.32 in 2007 which could go down in Brazil. Will run both the 200m and 400m races at US Trials. Trains with Warnier and Williamson in Waco Texas.
Dexter FaulkHad two bad luck races where the 10th hurdle seems to cause him trouble. Career best is :13.34 in 2007 which should fall greatly in 2008. Has run :13.40 on two occasions (Guadeloupe & Martinique) thus far in 2008. Needs to find a finish but always in the top finishers of every race. Looking to establish himself this year among a load of talented US hurdlers.
After competing in the Belem Grand Prix, Joel Brown and Ivory Williams will travel to Berlin Germany for the ISTAF Golden League meeting (http://www.istaf.org). This will be the first Golden League meet of the season.
In just over one week’s time on Sunday 1 June 2008, the hunt for the $1 Million Jackpot of the ÅF Golden League will commence in the German capital’s atmospheric 1936 Olympic stadium when the DKB-ISTAF Berlin meeting is staged. Last September when the Berlin meeting concluded the 2007 Golden League it attracted a record 70,253 spectators, with Yelena Isinbayeva and Sanya Richards sharing the $1 Million prize. Another vast crowd on 1 June will cheer athletes out of the blocks and down the runways as they start their season long quest to remain unbeaten at all six meetings of the ÅF Golden League.
Cities and Dates for 2008 - ÅF Golden League: Berlin, GER – Sunday 1 June
Oslo, NOR – Friday 6 June
Rome, ITA – Friday 11 July
Paris, FRA – Friday 18 July
Zürich, SUI – Friday 29 August
Brussels, BEL – Friday 5 September
World Express Caribbean athletes Bryan Steele (Jamaica) and Melissa DeLeon (Trinidad) traveled to Puerto Rico for the 2nd Ponce Grand Prix meeting this past weekend. Steele produced a season’s best in his signature event (400m hurdles) while DeLeon is trying to put all the pieces together for her Trials in June. An excellent job was done by the event organizers and many thanks to Mark Block for a great job as Athlete Liaison.
The results from the Ponce GP are as follows:
2nd GP Ponce (GP-Ponce Ponce PUR)17 May 2008
Men’s 400H / 400V
Final 21 Danny MCFARLANE JAM 48.77 2 LaRon BENNETT USA 48.94 3 Javier CULSON PUR 48.99 4 Bayano KAMANI PAN 49.64 5 Jonathon WILLIAMS BIZ 49.82 6 Bryan STEELE JAM 50.36 7 Yeison RIVAS COL 51.40
Final1 Hazel CLARK USA 1:59.82 2 Marian BURNETT GUY 2:00.41 3 Rosibell GARCÍA COL 2:02.02 4 Sheena GOODING BAR 2:04.75 5 Melissa DE LEON TRI 2:05.10 6 Rebecca JOHNSTONE CAN 2:05.10 7 Julia HOWARD CAN 2:06.62 8 Lizaira DEL VALLE PUR 2:11.50 9 Yahaira PÉREZ DOM 2:15.63
Pictures of the Caribbean tour (Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martinique) by World Express athletes will be posted on our website after the Brazil meetings.
Our next scheduled meets will be the Brazil meeting in Sao Paulo, the Belem Grand Prix, the ISTAF Berlin Golden League and then the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene Oregon on June 8th.
For more information regarding our athletes, please access our website at http://www.worldexpressmgmt.com
Mark PryorWorld Express Athletic Management