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April 20, 2022

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico.- Olympian Grace Claxton confirmed her participation in the first edition of the Puerto Rico International Athletics Classic, and has clear goals for such an important event.

Claxton is part of the group of Puerto Rican athletes who will represent the national colors in the competition, which will take place on Thursday, May 12 at the Francisco “Paquito” Montaner Stadium in Ponce.

“I am blessed to be part of this first edition of the Puerto Rico International Athletics Classic. I have nothing but great memories of the Ponce track, especially when I was competing in the LAI Jousts for the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón,” Claxton said.

"My goals are to qualify for the World Athletics Championships that will be in Oregon (July 15-24, 2022), and run to improve my personal best and break the Puerto Rico national record of 55.03," said the athlete about the event. of the 400 meter hurdles.

The minimum mark to qualify for this year's World Cup in the 400mv event is 55.40 seconds in women. Meanwhile, the national record of 55.03 is held by Yvonne Harrison Castro on June 29, 2003 in Poland.

“Physically I feel very good. I'm focusing a lot on my technique and speed, which were my challenges," Claxton said.

In his sports summary, Claxton has Olympic Games (Rio 2016), Pan American Games (Lima 2019, Toronto 2015), Central American and Caribbean Games (Barranquilla 2018), World Athletics Championships and also indoor.

Claxton will compete in Ponce alongside Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, gold medalist in the 100m hurdles at Tokyo 2021, and fellow Olympians Ryan Sánchez (800m) and Andrés Arroyo (800m), among other world-renowned local and international athletes.

The competition, which is part of the World Athletics Continental Tour – Silver Level, is dedicated to the Olympian Javier Culson from Ponce.

Tickets are on sale now and are $30 for box seats and $20 for general admission. Both prices include the IVU and service charges. The box area that will be sold for this athletics event will be sections 20 to 40 on the 100 meter straight. Buy tickets here:

For more information about the event you can visit Also, closely follow the latest updates on our social networks on Instagram and YouTube as @purclassic, and Puerto Rico International Athletics Classic on Facebook.

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