The Cayman Invitational, one of the island’s top sporting events, is set to again host some of the world’s finest athletes. This year’s competition will be headlined by Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell.
Powell is the former 100 meter world record holder and a world championship bronze medalist, and the biggest name at the fourth staging of this event.
Powell, who held the 100m world record in 2005 and 2008 with times of 9.77 and 9.74 seconds respectively, has legally broken the 10-second barrier more than anyone else.
He will be joined by Jamaican teammates Kemar Bailey-Cole, world ranked No. 3, who is a 100m Commonwealth gold medalist, and Jason Livermore Commonwealth 200m bronze medalist.
The invitational, on May 16 at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, will welcome athletes from the Caribbean, Russia, South Africa, Kenya, Vietnam and the Philippines.
American 100m hurdler Queen Harrison who had a superb season last year, ending the season ranked No. 2 in the world, will make her second appearance at the event.
Also making a second appearance is fellow American Will Clay, the 2013 world championship bronze medalist, who will face off against the 2014 Youth Olympic champion, as well as the CARIFTA record holder, Miguel Van Assan from Surinam.
Meet organizer Cydonie Mothersill-Stephens feels fortunate to be in the fourth year in planning this event. “I am immensely grateful to our sponsors who have once again committed to making this year’s event a success,” she said, adding that spectators can expect thrilling performances not just from the elite athletes but also from local stars Kemar Hyman, Ronald Forbes and Tyrell Cuffy.
Mothersill-Stephens and the local organizing committee are proud to be able to welcome more of Cayman’s promising youngsters to be a part of this year’s event.
“The meet will be held on a Saturday, thus we are able to add more to the schedule of events,” she said. “We have invited members of the Calabar High School ISSA Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championship, who no doubt will provide great competition for our athletes and put on a show for our spectators.”
Jaheel Hydes of Wolmers High School, the hurdling sensation who is the reigning World Youth champion in the 110m hurdles and the 2014 IAAF World Junior champion in the 400m hurdles, is also competing.
Tickets are now available at Funky Tang’s. Prices are $30 for grandstand, $40 for finish line seats and $20 to be in the Mackie stand.
“There are still opportunities for sponsorship of this exciting event,” said Mothersill-Stephens.