Cayman’s biggest athletics meet will continue to attract international superstars.
Jamaican sprint queen Veronica Campbell-Brown and American Olympic gold medallist Allyson Felix will highlight the field of competitors at this year’s Cayman Invitational track meet. Scheduled for May 7 at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, the event is going into its third year under the direction of KYSTAR Athletics.
Meet director and Cayman track star Cydonie Mothersill-Stephens, owner of KYSTAR Athletics, said Campbell-Brown and Felix will create a significant buzz.
“Veronica and Allyson carry weight on their own,” Mothersill-Stephens said. “We can’t do a Usain Bolt every time but we can still have a great meet. I look forward to seeing everyone at Truman Bodden. It’s a beautiful track and I’m confident we will see some fast times.”
Bolt, 27, will not be attending this year’s event. The world’s fastest man opened his 100 meter season here in 2013 and beat training partner Kemar Bailey-Coe in a photo finish as both had identical times of 10.09 seconds.
Campbell-Brown, 31, is a seven-time Olympic medalist and one of only two women in history to win two consecutive Olympic 200 meter events. Last June she reportedly tested positive for diuretics and was provisionally suspended from competition. In February, Campbell-Brown was cleared of all drug charges and was allowed to resume competition. Felix, 28, won gold at the 2012 London Olympics in the 200m and in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.
The two previous star-studded spectacles have attracted some of the world’s fastest runners such as Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake and American runner Carmelita Jeter. An evaluation by All-Athletics.com of 650 one-day invitational track meets for 2013 placed the Cayman Invitational at No. 45. The only Caribbean meets above Cayman were the longer established Jamaica Invitational (No. 23) and Puerto Rico’s Ponce Grand Prix (No. 36). Top of the standings was American meet the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon.