Merritt will race here

The Cayman Invitational is shaping up to be quite the Olympic showdown, as another renowned track and field athlete is added to the mix and set to compete in May in Grand Cayman.

LaShawn Merritt won a pair gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, in both the 400 metre and 4x400m relay for the United States.

Merritt is a three-time US Outdoor Champion, posting times of 44 seconds in 2008, 44.50 seconds in 2009 and 44.12 seconds in 2012. Among his other accolades, Merritt is the 2009 world outdoor champion and earned silver at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.

“We are excited to add another Olympian to the roster of athletes at this year’s Cayman Invitational,” said Cydonie Mothersill-Stephens, meet director. “The calibre of athletes setting foot at Truman Bodden is exceptional and we are thrilled at the buzz this event is receiving both locally and internationally.”

This is the first time Merritt will be participating in the Cayman Invitational.

“Thank you to Cydonie Mothersill-Stephens for having me at her meet,” Merritt said. “It is my first time in the Cayman Islands and I am looking forward to it. I’m excited about the meet and ready for the competition.”

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