The world’s fastest man is returning to the Cayman Islands.
Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt is set to run the 100-metres dash at the 2016 Cayman Invitational, organisers confirmed Tuesday (5 April) at a press conference.
“I’m so excited to announce that we will be hosting Usain Bolt for the 2016 Cayman Invitational,” Meeting Director Cydonie Mothersill said.
The meet is scheduled for 14 May at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.
This will mark the second time Bolt will run in Cayman. He won the 100 back in 2013 by narrowly edging fellow countryman Kemar Bailey-Cole.
Many are speculating this could be Bolt’s final season on the pro stage.
“I think that’s an important note,” Mothersill said. “Rio is his last Olympics. But I’m sure that we will not have this opportunity again. So I think it’s a privilege first that his season opener will be in the Cayman Islands and that this may be the last time the world gets to see him. This may be the last time as a community we get to see Usain Bolt up close and personal. So I think it’s a great feat to have him here.”
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In addition to the six-time Olympic gold medalist, American Allyson Felix will highlight the women’s side of the competition. Felix has four Olympic golds of her own.
Among the other competitors at the meet, 2012 Olympic silver medalist American Carmelita Jeter, Jamaican sprinter Kemar Bailey-Cole, Trinidad and Tobago quarter-miler Machel Cedenio and Anguilla’s Zharnel Hughes.
Caymanian athletes expected to participate are Kemar Hyman, Ronald Forbes, Tryell Cuffy and Jamal Walton.
Walton — one of the fastest juniors in the world in the 400 — is expected to go up against fellow junior in Jamaica’s Christopher Taylor, who also is among the world leaders.