Former Olympic champion and the first man to run the 100 metres under 10 seconds, American Jim Hines, will be the special guest at the Douglas Forrest Invitational athletics meet set for tomorrow, at the Stadium East field in Jamaica .
The event, named for the renowned former Kingston College principal and in its fifth year, was launched at the Alhambra Inn in Kingston.
Organising Committee chairman, Brian Smith, said teams from the Bahamas, Cayman Islands and Curacao had confirmed their participation to the meet which is a qualifier for the annual ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys & Girls Athletic Championships.
Cayman has one sprinter at the meet – Rhymiech Adolphus (100m, 200m).
Technical director Kenrick Williams said: ‘I’m using this meet as a qualifier for the major games later in the year; the Caribbean Games in Trinidad, Island Games (Arland), Cariftas (St Lucia) and CACs in Cuba.’
Hines won 100m and 4x100m gold medals at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.
The 63-year-old held the 100m world record for 15 years after clocking 9.95 seconds to win ahead of Jamaica’s Lennox Miller and USA’s Charles Greene in the first ‘all-black’ 100m final in Olympic history.
The record stood until 1983 when his countryman, Calvin Smith, clocked 9.93 seconds.
Along with Greene, Melvin Pender, and Ronnie Ray Smith, Hines also set a new world mark of 38.24 seconds in the men’s sprint relay. Hines is set to arrive in the island on Wednesday.
Track events to be contested are the 400m hurdles Open for male and female; 3,000m female and 5,000m male; 200m in all classes for both male and female, as well as Special Olympics; 800m male and female classes 1-3; class four female 70m and 80m for class 3 males; 100m and 110m hurdles male and female; 1,500m and the 4x400m for male and female.
Field events to be contested will be long jump, high jump, shot put and triple jump. Action will begin at 8:30 am and is expected to end at 6:00 pm.
Meanwhile, the meet will also herald the return of commentator Bobby Fray who has been missing from local athletics in recent time due to illness. Entries for the Douglas Forrest Invitational close today.