Usain Bolt Leads Field of Olympic Heavyweights in Jamaican Invitational

Red Shannon@@rojosportsFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2012

DAEGU, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 02:  Usain Bolt of Jamaica gestures prior to competing in the men's 200 metres heats during day seven of 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships at Daegu Stadium on September 2, 2011 in Daegu, South Korea.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Rare as it may seem, there will be a Usain Bolt sighting today.

In his first public attempt of 2012 in the 100-meters, Bolt will finally give the world a glimpse of his fitness level in the lead-up to the Olympic Games this summer in London.

The JN Jamaica International Invitational will provide an Olympics launching point for Bolt and a few of his buddies.

But don't be so blinded by the spotlight on Bolt that you miss the supporting cast.

This meet is loaded.

Bolt's training partner and heir-apparent, Yohan Blake, will run in the 200-meters, American sprint sensation Carmelita Jeter will attempt a sub-11 in the women's 100-meters and world-leading quarter miler Sanya Richards-Ross is toeing the line in the women's 400-meters.

Try these other names on for size:


Men's 100m

Nesta Carter, Daniel Bailey, Richard Thompson, Doc Patton.


Men's 200m

Nickel Ashmeade, Jaysuma Saidy Ndure, Rasheed Dwyer, Warren Weir.


Women's 100m

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Sherone Simpson, Kerron Stewart, Kelly-Ann Baptiste.



Women's 400m

Novlene Williams-Mills, Rosemarie Whyte, Kaliese Spencer.


Men's 400m Hurdles

Bershawn "Batman" Jackson, Danny McFarlane, Leford Green, Isa Phillips.


Women's 400m Hurdles

Melaine Walker, Ristananna Tracey, Stephanie McPherson.


Women's 100m Hurdles

Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, Brigitte Foster-Hylton, Tiki James.


Women's Long Jump

Brittney Reese, Brianna Glenn, Janay Deloach, Jovenee Jarrett

A free live stream, beginning at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, is available here.

More meet information is available here.


Subscribe to our free digital Olympic newsletter.