Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Nineteen Olympic individual & relay gold medalists set to run in Lausanne...

LAUSANNE, Switzerland--The season-long Samsung Diamond League tour continues Thursday with the Athletissima Meeting at the Pontaise Olympic Stadium near the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee.

According to meet organizers, 19 Olympic individual and relay gold medalists, and 53 medalists from the London Games will participate, including double Olympic sprint champ Usain Bolt (left/photo courtesy Athletissima Meeting) from Jamaica, who will contest the 200.

Pole vaulter Brad Walker from Mountlake Terrace, and Rainier Beach HS alum Ginnie Crawford are both entered in Thursday's meet.

Walker will face Olympic champ Renaud Lavillenie of France, as well as silver and bronze medalists Bjorn Otto and Raphael Holzdeppe of Germany.

Crawford, who finished fourth in the US Olympic Trials, faces Olympic silver and bronze medalists Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells in the 100 hurdles.

The Athletissima Meeting will be shown live online (pay-per-view) at universalsports.com starting at 11:00 am on the West Coast.

The start list for the Athletissima Meeting is available here.

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