Goucher, Trammell added to Boston Indoor Games fields, Tirunesh Dibaba withdraws – USATF
Two-time Olympic silver medalist Terrence Trammell and 2007 World Championship bronze medalist Kara Goucher lead a list of new athlete announcements from the organizers of the 2009 Reebok Boston Indoor Games to be held Saturday, February 7 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.
The Reebok Boston Indoor Games is the second event of USA Track & Field’s 2009 Indoor Visa Championship Series. The event will be televised on February 8 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on ESPN (all times Eastern).
Trammell, who also has two World Indoor Championship gold medals, opened his 2009 season with an impressive win at the Millrose Games, narrowly missing Allen Johnson’s meet record in the 60 meter hurdles. Goucher, the 2007 World Outdoor Championship bronze medalist at 10,000m, also won at Millrose last week. Goucher will compete in the in the 3000 meters. Other Millrose winners slated to compete in Boston include 2008 Olympic silver medalist Jenn Stuczynski (pole vault) and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Steven Hooker (pole vault), 2008 U.S. Indoor champion Michael Rodgers (60m), Bianca Knight (60m) and Renny Quow (400m).
Organizers also announced that the pole vault will be contested on the same elevated vault runway which has been used at the Millrose Games since 1999. At Millrose, Steven Hooker broke the Madison Square Garden Record with his clearance of 6.01 meters/19 feet 8.5 inches and narrowly missed clearing the bar at Sergei Bubka’s World Record height of 6.15m/20-2, which has stood for sixteen years. Likewise, Jenn Stuczysnki, came very close to breaking the American Record in the women’s vault, with her winning height of 4.71m/15-5.5.
Tirunesh Dibaba, previously announced to compete in Boston, has withdrawn from the event citing a slow recovery from an injury.
Since the Reebok Boston Indoor Games began in 1996, more than 100 Olympic and World Championship medalists have competed in the event, which has also played host to 6 World Records and 29 National Records. The event has sold out for the last 5 years and is expected to do so in 2009.
The 14th-annual Reebok Boston Indoor Games begins at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College, 1350 Tremont St. Information is now available on-line at www.BostonIndoorGames.com, and tickets are available on-line or by calling 1-877-TIX-TRAC. USATF welcomes you to pay with your VISA.
For more information on the 2009 Reebok Boston Indoor Games and the Indoor Visa Championship Series, visit www.usatf.org.