Top athletes from the world of track and field are in Atlanta, GA this week to participate in the Adidas City Games.
Founded in 2016, the Adidas Boost Boston Games relocated to Atlanta carrying many of the fan-favorite events. On Tuesday, construction crews began assembling the blue elevated track platform in Centennial Olympic Park.
Atlanta track and field fans will have a rare opportunity to see stars like 2-time World Champion and American record-holder Noah Lyles (USA) going up against 19-year-old sprinting phenom and World Championship bronze medalist Erriyon Knighton. Knighton holds the World under-18 best in the 200 m and the World U20 record. The stars will compete in the 150-meter dash, a hybrid of the 100-meter and 200-meter without the curve.
Gabby Thomas leads the charge in the women’s 150-meter dash competition. The Cobb County native and 2020 Olympic bronze medalist will be challenged by 2020 Olympic gold and bronze medalist Lynna Irby and 2-time Olympian Tynia Gaither.
Others in town for the games include 60-meter American record-holder and 3-time NCAA Champion Aleia Hobbs. The New Orleans native and Olympic relay silver medalist has been on a tear since setting the 60-meter record in February. Hobbs ran 10.86 (+1.9) and 10.87 (+2.0) two weeks apart on her old college track. Joining her in the race is 2017 NCAA Champion and 2022 World Championships Indoor Silver Medalist Mikiah Brisco.
Hometown star Tia Jones (Walton HS, Marietta) will add a degree of difficulty by running the 100-meter hurdles on the elevated surface. Jones will compete against World Championships bronze medalist heptathlete Anna Hall, Olympic silver medalist Keni Harrison, 2022 World Champion Tobi Amusan (Nigeria), and 2015 World Champion Danielle Williams (Jamaica).
Another hometown star, 2021 NCAA 110 meter hurdles champion Robert Dunning from Kennesaw Mountain is following the trajectory of former Wheeler star and world record holder Aries Merritt. Merritt won his NCAA championship with a time of 13.21 s (+0.3), Dunning won his title in 13.25 s (-0.6)
Dunning will test his metal as the USA Track and Field Indoor silver medalist against two former NCAA champions, Grant Holloway and Trey Cunningham. Holloway, the second-fastest hurdler in history, won three consecutive indoor and outdoor NCAA championships before winning two World Championships and a silver medal in the 2020 Olympics. World Championship silver medalist and 2022 NCAA Champion Trey Cunningham will hold down a lane in the sprint.
Off-the-track events include the pole vault, mile, and 600-meter run. USA indoor half-miler and Atlanta Track Club staffer, Allie Wilson, will run the mile in the street surrounding the park. Four-time NAIA Champion and 2-time British National Championship finalist Hannah Segrave and 2021 NCAA 1500 meter Champion Anna Camp Bennett will compete in the race.
American Record-holder in the 600 meters and 12-time National 800-meter Champion Ajee Wilson will square off against 8-time NCAA Champion Courtney Okolo and 2-time Olympian and 7-time National Champion Natoya Goule (Jamaica).
Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities will participate in the Run with Maud 5K Run/Walk in remembrance of Ahmaud Arbery before the meet gets underway.
This event is free and open to the public. The meet will also be broadcasted live on the Adidas YouTube channel beginning at 5:30 Eastern. A list of the events and times is included below:
Time of Day
|8:00 AM||Run with Maud 5K|
|2:30 – 4:45 PM||Adidas Atlanta Youth City Games|
|3:00 – 6:30 PM||Youth Track and Field Zone|
|4:45 – 6:00 PM||Running City Mile|
|5:00 PM||Women’s Pole Vault|
|6:05 PM||Elite Women’s Mile|
|6:15 PM||Elite Men’s Mile|
|6:30 PM||Elite Women’s 600m|
|6:40 PM||Elite Men’s 600m|
|6:45 PM||FootSpeed powered by MONDO – Girls’ Finals|
|7:05 PM||Trials Elite Women 100h|
|7:12 PM||Trials Elite Women 100h|
|7:15 PM||Men’s Pole Vault|
|7:23 PM||Trials Elite Men 110H|
|7:30 PM||Trials Elite Men 110H|
|7:40 PM||Trials Elite Men 100m|
|7:47 PM||Trials Elite Men 100m|
|7:56 PM||Trials Elite Women 100m|
|8:03 PM||Trials Elite Women 100m|
|8:05 PM||FootSpeed powered by MONDO – Boys Final|
|8:22 PM||B Final Elite Men’s 150m|
|8:30 PM||B Final Elite Women’s 150m|
|8:35 PM||Mascot Race|
|8:45 PM||A Final Elite Women’s 150m|
|8:55 PM||Final Elite Men’s 100m|
|9:05 PM||Elite Women 100h|
|9:15 PM||Elite Men 110H|
|9:25 PM||Elite Women 100m|
|9:40 PM||Elite Men 150m|