News08 Jan 2010

Brathwaite - Trammell rematch headlines Millrose hurdles showdown


A blanket finish for the men's gold medal in the 110m Hurdles (L-R) Terrence Trammell of United States (silver), Ryan Brathwaite of Barbados (gold) and David Payne of the USA (bronze) (© Getty Images)

Reigning World 110m hurdles champion Ryan Brathwaite of Barbados, two time Olympic Games silver medallist Terrence Trammell, Jamaican record holder Dwight Thomas and 2004 World Indoor champion Perdita Felicien will headline a world-class gathering of hurdlers at the 103rd Millrose Games at famed Madison Square Garden in New York City on 29 January.

The Millrose Games is the first IAAF Indoor Permit Meeting of 2010.

Despite hitting the first hurdle in the World championships final last year, Brathwaite kept it together and crossed the finish line first in 13.14, providing his nation with its first ever medal at a World Championships. Trammell finished as the runner-up, a mere one-hundredth of a second behind the victor.

Brathwaite, still just 21, later showed that his triumph in Berlin was no fluke with follow-up victories in Brussels, Lucerne, Zagreb and at the World Athletics Final.

Trammell returns to MSG after nearly pulling off a unique double at last year's Millrose Games. Trammell dominated the men's  60m Hurdles by crossing the finish line first in 7.45 seconds, which was the second-fastest time in the world that year, and just 0.02 off Allen Johnson's Millrose Games record. Trammell then finished runner-up in the flat 60m in 6.54, just 0.03 behind Michael Rodgers, who would later take the U.S. indoor title.

Trammell, who won his third World Outdoor Championships 110m hurdles silver medal last year in Berlin, posted the fastest 60m hurdles time of 2009 at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games with his time of 7.37.

Not to be overlooked in the men's race is Jamaica's Thomas, who was a finalist at last year's World championships, produced victories in Zurich and Rieti, and finished third at the World Athletics Final in Thessaloniki.

Felicien, the 2004 World indoor champion from Canada, will headline the women's 60m hurdles following another successful season in 2009 where she was a finalist at the World championships, finished second at the London Grand Prix and placed fifth at the World Athletics Final. The 2007 World Outdoor Championships 100m hurdles silver medalist, Felicien took the World title outdoors in 2003.

Leading the American charge in the women's race will be two-time national 100m Hurdles champion Ginnie Powell, who finished second at the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships, and placed sixth later that summer at the World championships..

The first event of the 2010 USA Track & Field Visa Championship Series, the Millrose Games will be televised live on ESPN2 from 8-10 p.m., US Eastern Time.

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