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May 11, 2022

PONCE, Puerto Rico.- Everything is ready for the starting shot of the Puerto Rico International Athletics Classic that will take place tomorrow, Thursday, May 12, 2022, on the new track of the Francisco “Paquito” Montaner Stadium in Ponce. , with a meeting of great stars of world athletics.

Olympic and world champions will take to the track to give it their all in this competition that is part of the World Athletics Continental Tour – Silver Level.

“The International Athletics Classic not only transcends our shores, positioning us before the world, but also excites us and revives the pride of being Ponceños. After the difficulties we have gone through in the southwest of Puerto Rico, it inspires and encourages us to have figures of the stature of Jasmine Camacho Quinn and our Javier Culson”, said the mayor of the Municipality of Ponce, Luis M. Irizarry Pabón, who was the host of the final press conference prior to the event held at the Juan “Pachín” Vicens Auditorium.

“Sport unites the family and provokes feelings of overcoming, discipline and love in those who practice it and in the fans. Ponce opens its doors again as host of this Clásico. Participants and visitors will enjoy our city and learn why we are the best in the world”, he added.

For her part, María Elena "Mary" Batista, advisor to the Tourism Company, indicated the impact of the event for sports tourism on the Island.

“Thank you for bringing this event to the city of Ponce. This improves the economic and social aspect of Ponce. To all athletes, this is your city, this is your home. Jasmine, this is your house, it's your time, enjoy it," said Batista.

Also present at the press conference were Víctor López, competition director of the event; and Mike Sands, president of NACAC.

This was what the athletes had to say at the press conference:

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (PUR)

“Before any race, I drink a Coke because I need sugar. Then, I say a prayer and I pray that everything goes well. It only remains to hope that it will be so. The surface of the new track is incredible. I'm very excited, not only for me, but for my teammates. I know good things await us tomorrow.”

Ryan Crouser (USA)

“My grandfather was the one who introduced me to the sport, and he has certainly been an inspiration in many aspects of my life. The love and dedication he has for his family, for sports… is my inspiration.”

Christian Taylor (USA)

“It's been a blessing, with all the injuries I've had, to be back. I am very grateful for the support system I have had.”

Sandi Morris (USA)

“The key piece to everything is consistency. If you do it once, it's an accident. If you do it twice, it's a coincidence. If you do it three times, you did it on purpose. That's why consistency is key.”

Trayvon Bromell (USA)

“The first person I call (when I finish competing) is my mom. She is always there to support me. I am very grateful to have her."

Elaine Thompson-Herah

“Being the inspiration for boys and girls is very important to me because I was there. I watched other athletes myself and they became my inspiration. That's the beauty of sport."

Steven Gardiner

"For me adrenaline is important and can be used in a race."

Hansle Parchment

“In every race I just focus on what I have to do. I don't even look at the person next to me, I just put my mind and soul into it."

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 to be sold for this event will be sections 20 to 40 on the 100 meter straight. Buy tickets here:

The stadium ticket office will open tomorrow, Thursday, at 11:00 a.m.

The gates will be open from 4:00 p.m. and events start at 4:20 p.m. The opening ceremony will be at 5:30 p.m. and the live broadcast on ESPN2 will begin at 6:00 p.m.

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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