Morton Stadium in Santry will welcome the world’s second fastest man, Yohan Blake, through its doors this evening for the Morton Games.
Blake will compete in the AON Men’s International 100m race.
The Jamaican athlete ran his personal best of 9.69 in August of 2012, the only person to have bettered that time is Usain Bolt.
Blake was the 2012 London Olympic 100m and 200m silver medallist.
He also ran on the Jamaican 4x100 team that won Olympic gold in London, in a world record time.
In 2011 he was the 100m World Champion, that same year he won gold on the Jamaican 4x100 team.
He is also the second fastest man ever to run 200m and is a current world record holder on the Jamaican 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams.
The action gets under way at 5.30pm with athletes from 16 nations competing in the International Track and Field meeting.
Confirmed Irish athletes
World University finalist Ciara Everard (800m), European U/23 finalist Karl Griffin (800m), Irelands 4 x 400m squad: Brian Gregan, Dara Kervick, Richard Morrissey, Brian Murphy (all entered in 400), Ireland’s sub-4 minute milers John Travers and Eoin Everard (the Morton Mile), Kelly Proper (200), Kevin Batt (3000m).
Overseas athletes of note competing
Yohan Blake (JAM) Olympic 100 and 200 silver medallist 2012,World Championship gold medallist 2011. The second fastest (tied) man on the planet.
Dai Greene (GBR) – 2011 World 400h champion.
Mark Lewis-Francis (GBR) – Olympic 4 x 100 gold medallist 2004, European 100 silver medallist 2010, Olympic Games finalist, World Championship finalist.
Robby Andrews (USA), 2nd in US 1500 Championships as part of his preparations for the World Championships in Beijing will run in the 800.
Jordan McNamara (USA), the winner of the 2011 Morton Mile.
Ryan Gregson Australian 1500m champion and London 2012 Olympian.
Manteo Mitchell (USA) – Olympic 4 x 400 2012 silver medallist.
Andy Vernon (GBR) – European 10,000 silver medallist and 5000m bronze medallist
Angela Petty (NZD) the 2015 World Universities champion 800m.