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2004 Olympic gold medalist Justin Gatlin will race on American soil for the first time since his doping band ended on a track that he knows very well.
Gatlin was a star at the Penn Relays for the United States and the University of Tennessee, but he hasn't been to Franklin Field since he was banned for four years for doping in 2006 by the International Olympic Committee.
Lining up across the track from Gatlin will be another of the sport's most famous names: Asafa Powell. Gatlin and Powell will be the opening sprinters for USA Blue and Jamaica, respectively, in Saturday's USA vs. the World men's 4x100 relay.
The official start lists for all of the USA vs. the World races were released Friday evening. We knew which runners were coming, and now we know how and when they'll line up.
Of course, there is one really big name missing: Usain Bolt. The word got out late Friday night, though, that Bolt might be at Franklin Field nonetheless. ESPN track color commentator Ato Boldon tweeted that Bolt "is here but not running. May join us in the booth" during the telecast, which will air tape-delayed from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on ESPN2.
If Bolt does show up, even if he doesn't run, it would create quite the stir. Stay tuned.
For now, here are the USA vs. the World start lists. Afterwards, you can watch a video preview of the USA vs. the World events with me and The Inquirer's Joe Juliano.
When we shot the video, we didn't know what the start lists would be, and we honestly didn't think we'd find out until the morning. There's a history of runners pulling out at the last minute for various reasons.
So excuse us for that, and get ready for what is going to be an electric Saturday at Franklin Field.
Men's 4x100-Meter Relay
Canada Black: Justyn Warner, Richard Abu-Bobie, Segun Makinde, Mike Leblanc
USA Blue: Justin Gatlin, Darvis Patton, Shawn Crawford, Ivory Williams
Great Britain: Ryan Scott, Andy Turner, David Telfer James, Alex Al Ameen
Trinidad: Keston Bledman, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callendar, Richard Thompson
USA Red: Walter Dix Wallace Spearmon Trell Kimmons Mike Rodgers
Jamaica: Asafa Powell Michael Frater, Nesta Carter, Steve Mullings
Germany: Christian Blum, Till Helmke. Sebastian Ernst, Martin Keller
Canada Red: Gavin Smellie, Seyi Smith, Jared Connaughton, Bryan Barnett
Women’s 4x100-Meter Relay
USA Blue: Gloria Asumnu, Miki Barber, Bianca Knight, Alex Anderson
Brazil: Rosemar Coelho, Vanda Gomes, Ana Claudia Lemos, Rosangela Oliveira
Jamaica: Kerron Stewart, Sherone Simpson, Aleen Bailey, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Price
USA Red: Lauryn Williams, Allyson Felix, Marshevet Myers, Carmelita Jeter
Germany: Yasmin Kwadwo, Marion Wagner, Christina Haack, Verena Sailer
World All-Stars: Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, Tanisha Harringan, Cedonie Mothersil, Carol Rodriquez
Men’s 4x400-Meter Relay
USA Blue:David Neville, Kerron Clement, Justin Gaymon, Johnny Dutch
Grenada: Joel Redhead, Kirani James, Kenion Herry, Rondell Bartholomew
Canada: Daniel Harper, Jon Reid, Tremaine Harris, Michael Robertson
Dominican Republic: Joel Mejia, Kelvin Herrera, Arismendy Peguero, Lorenzo Jimenez
Venezuela: Omar Longart, Alberto Aguilar, Arturo Ramirez, Freddy Mezones
USA Red: Quentin Summers, Jamal Torrence, Bershawn Jackson, Angelo Taylor
Jamaica: Michael Mason, Ramone McKenzie, Sanjay Ayre, Duwayne Barrett
Kenya: Geoffrey Ngeno, Stephen Wafula Barasa, Julius Kirwa, Moses Kertich
Women’s 4x400-Meter Relay
USA Blue: Dee Dee Trotter, Francena McCoroy, Keshia Baker, Monica Hargrove
Grenada: Neisha Bernard-Thomas, Trish Bartholomew, Kanika Beckles, Janelle Redhead
USA Red: Debbie Dunn, Allyson Felix, Natasha Hastings, Sanya Richards-Ross
Jamaica: Christine Day, Kaliese Spencer, Novlene Williams-Mills Shericka Williams
Canada: Adrienne Power, Amonn Nelson, Esther Akinsulie, Ese Omene
World All-Stars: Tiandra Ponteen, Debbie Ferguson, Anastacia Leroy, Aliana Pompey
Men’s Distance Medley Relay
Kenya: Gilbert Kipchoge, Mark Mutai, Jackson Kivuva, Josphat Kithi
USA Red: Bernard Lagat, Michael Tinsley, Duane Solomon, Russell Brown
Australia: Ryan Gregson, Sean Wroe, Lachlan Renshaw, Jeff Riseley
Canada: Jaden Ostapowich, Nathan Vadeboncoeur, Geoff Harris, Cameron Levins
Ethiopia: Kumsa Adunga, Mohammed Aman, Demma Daba, Abiyot Abinet
Morocco: Mohammed Moustaoui, Marouan Maadadi, Mohammed Laalou, Amine Laalou
USA Blue: David Torrence, Kenneth Ferguson, Nick Symmonds, Leo Manzano
Women’s Sprint Medley Relay
USA Blue: Muna Lee, Natasha Hastings, Nicole Leach, Latavia Thomas
Jamaica: Simone Facey, Kerron Stewart, Melaine Walker, Kenia Sinclair
USA Red: Porscha Lucas, Lashaunte'a Moore, Sheena Tosta, Phoebe Wright
Russia: Elizaveta Savlinis, Lilia Molgacheva, Olga Tobilskaya, Tatiana Palienko
Nigeria: Odumola Osayomi, Blessing Okagbare, Ojoke Odymosy, Ojornile Grace