Veronica Campbell-Brown and Allyson Felix head the array of world-class performers competing at the third annual Cayman Invitational on Wednesday.
The meet is at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex from 5 p.m. and Jamaican Campbell-Brown runs in the 100 meters.
She is a seven-time Olympic medalist, nine-time world champion medalist and one of Jamaica’s most celebrated athletes.
Organized by KYSTAR Athletics, owned by Caymanian sprint queen Cydonie Mothersill-Stephens, this meet saw Usain Bolt compete in the 100m last year. He thoroughly enjoyed it, which inspired more world-class athletes to make the trip.
“We encourage everyone to come out for this meet,” Mothersill-Stephens said.
The local athletes competing are Kemar Hyman (100m), Tyrell Cuffy (200m), David Hamil (200m), Tahj Lewis (800m) and possibly Carl Morgan in the long jump.
American Felix competes here for the first time, in the 200m. She won three golds at the 2012 Olympic Games in London – the 200m and two relays.
America’s Dawn Harper is in the 100m hurdles. She was a 2008 Beijing Olympic gold medalist and a 2012 London silver medalist.
Murielle Ahoure from the Ivory Coast returns to Cayman for the meet. The 100m sprinter was a double silver medalist at the Moscow world championships and the world indoor championships.
Novlene Williams-Mills has competed at the two previous Cayman Invitationals. A three-time Olympic bronze medalist in the 4x400m relay and Commonwealth bronze medalist in the 400m, the Jamaican loves it here.
Williams-Mills is a breast cancer survivor who helped Jamaica win a bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympic Games 4x400m relay, despite the detection of the disease just before the Games.
Kim Collins from St. Kitts and Nevis returns in the men’s 100m.
Veteran Collins, 38, is a four-time Olympian, two-time Olympic medalist, four-time bronze medalist, Commonwealth and world champion gold medalist.
Jamaica’s Hansle Parchment returns for his third visit and races in the 110m hurdle. Parchment is a 2012 Olympic bronze medalist and national record holder. Cayman’s Kemar Hyman runs in the 100m too.
Tickets are available from LIME in Galleria Plaza, Funky Tangs on Shedden Road, and JN Money Services on Eastern Avenue. Prices vary depending on the location: $40 for the finish line, $35 for the Grandstand and $25 for the Mackie Seymour Grandstand.