Campbell, McFarlane lead Jamaicans into Reebok Grand Prix


NEW YORK CITY (June 1) – Between them, they own six Olympic medals and the hearts of Jamaicans everywhere. Now, Veronica Campbell and Danny McFarlane will lead an impressive contingent of Jamaican athletes at the Reebok Grand Prix on June 11.

The Reebok Grand Prix will be the first international competition ever held in the new Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island, and marks the return of world-class outdoor track and field to the East Coast. Tickets, at $30 and $20, are now on sale. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Jamaicans throughout the Northeast are expected to gather for the rare chance to cheer on their track heroes, who will also include Usain Bolt, who holds the 200m World Junior Record; Michelle Freeman, the 1997 World Indoor Champion in the 100m hurdles; Dwight Thomas, who set a personal best of 10.05 in the 100m last month; 800m runner Kenia Sinclair, who has the fastest time in the world this year; plus Christopher Pinnock in the 110m hurdles and Delloreen Ennis-London in the 100m hurdles.

Campbell, the Jamaican sprint sensation who earned three medals – two of them gold – at the 2004 Olympic Games, was not only the #1 female sprinter in Athens, but the winningest female track athlete overall. She won gold medals at 200m and the 4x100m relay, and bronze at 100m, at which she will compete in NYC. She also has a silver medal from Sydney in the 4×100. McFarlane, meanwhile, came home from Athens with a silver medal in the 400m hurdles, adding it to his 2000 Olympic bronze from the 4×400.

The Reebok Grand Prix on June 11 is the fifth stop of USA Track & Field’s Visa Championship Series, and will be televised live on NBC from 4-5:30 p.m. ET. Information and tickets for the Reebok Grand Prix are available at or by calling 1-877-RBK-GP05. Groups of 10 or more can get a 10 percent discount on tickets; 20 or more, 20 percent; and 40 or more get a 20 percent discount plus a Reebok T-shirt and post-event autograph session with an athlete.