New track is world class

Athletes competing at the Truman
Bodden Sports Complex over the Easter weekend in the 2010 XXXIX CARIFTA Games,
are expected to produce some fast times on the internationally rated track.

“The entire track was redone in
2007 and received a level 2 certification by the International Amateur
Athletics Foundation which allows Cayman to host international track meets like
CARIFTA,” said Joel Francis Senior Policy Officer Ministry of Sports.

The new track surface is called
Mondo and is considered to be the fastest running surface currently used in athletics.
The Mondo track surface has been used in every Olympic Games since Montreal in
1976 and most world records have been set on this type of surface.

The Mondo track is designed to
provide the best traction between the track and shoe spikes, and has better
contact area than other track systems.

It also offers greater shock
absorption reducing the risk of injuries, and higher energy return, resulting
in better control and performance.

“This track has certainly enhanced
our training,” said head coach Kenrick Williams. “I have seen athletes
performing better in the sprints, throws and jumps just by the mere fact that
we now have this fantastic track available at our disposal.”

In addition to the track, other
upgrades to the sports complex include improvements to the changing rooms and a
doping control room, which is a requirement of the World Anti-doping Agency for
the CARIFTA Games.

The seating capacity of the Truman
Bodden sports complex is 3,500 but 1,500 additional seats are being installed
to accommodate the CARIFTA Games which runs 3-5 April.

The Truman Bodden Sports ?Complex
was damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and was restored three years ago. It is
named in honour of the former leader of Government Business.

The 2010 CARIFTA Games is a great
occasion for Caymanians to come out and support local athletes and other
athletes from across the Caribbean, and it is an opportunity to see the region’s
future world-class athletes and Olympians compete. Kevin/CARFITA