Noah Lyles and Elaine Thompson-Herah headline list of global track superstars set for New York Grand Prix

Elaine Thompson-Herah and Noah Lyles

Noah Lyles and Elaine Thompson-Herah headline list of global track superstars set for New York Grand Prix

Funmilayo Fameso 18:26 - 05.06.2024

Preview of the global track stars competing at the New York Grand Prix.

Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah and world champion Noah Lyles will lead a loaded group of global track superstars for the New York Grand Prix on June 8-9.

Thompson-Herah is listed to compete against a star-studded group in the 100m event that features 200m specialist Gabby Thomas, Aleia Hobbs, and Nigeria's rising speedster Favour Ofili.

Elaine Thompson-Herah is the reigning Olympic 100m and 200m champion

The world's fastest woman alive will aim to have a flawless race after a disappointing performance in her season opener at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League, where she finished last behind winner Sha'Carri Richardson.

She is in line to make history in Paris by becoming the first female athlete to complete a hat-trick of consecutive Olympic double sprint titles and will target making a bold statement with her performance in New York, which can finally set her season and Olympic dream rolling.

Likewise, Lyles will be racing for redemption after his defeat in his season opener at the Racers Grand Prix in Jamaica.

Noah Lyles and Oblique Seville

New speed sensation Oblique Seville claimed a famous victory over the world's fastest man in a new Personal Best (PB), Meeting Record (MR), and world-leading time of 9.82s, as Lyles finished closely behind in 9.85s - his second-fastest career time.

This time, the world sprint champion is up against a respectable 200m field that includes Liberia's speedster Joseph Fahnbulleh, his brother Josephus Lyles, and the young duo of Terrance Laird and Brandon Hicklin.

Aside from going for the outright win, Lyles will be gunning to smash Kenny Bednarek's world-leading time of 19.67s to prove he's still the best in the roaster ahead of Paris.

In the women's 100m Hurdles, Nigeria's World Record (WR) holder Tobi Amusan will headline a star-studded field that features former WR holder Kendra Harrison, 60m champion Devynne Charlton, reigning world champion Danielle Williams, and world No2 Tonea Marshall.

Tobi Amusan after becoming the fastest woman in history at the 2022 World Championships in Oregon

Amusan is the world leader in the event at 12.40s and with the stakes high for the bragging rights in such a world-class field, she is in form to aim for and claim another memorable victory.

Meanwhile, in the men's 100m event, former world champion Fred Kerley and world 200m leader Kenny Bednarek will face off in a bid to claim a famous win ahead of the US Olympic trials in two weeks.