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Chinese athletes for Payne Classic

EZRA STUART, ezrastuart@nationnews.com

Added 11 January 2020

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Founder of the Joseph Payne Memorial Athletics Classic, Charles Walcott (centre), speaking at the media briefing on Friday, flanked by June Rudder and John Walcott. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)

The tenth anniversary of the Joseph Payne Memorial Athletics Classic on January 25 will be a historic affair, as two athletes from China will be competing at the National Stadium for the first time.

Competition manager and founder Charles Walcott made the disclosure in an interview with Sunsport following the media launch at the MQI Show Room in Wildey on Friday evening.

The Classic will feature an estimated 700 athletes from primary and secondary schools as well as athletic clubs competing in 100 events, starting from 10 a.m.

The Chinese competitors are 28-year-old men’s discus specialist Tan Shen, whose best distance last year was 59.77 metres, and 26-year-old women’s shot putter Gao Yang, who has a lifetime best of 19.20 metres. (EZS)

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