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Athletics: Stars arrive for 2018 Cayman Invitational

Jamaican gold medalist Asafa Powell was greeted to a jammed packed John Gray High School Friday (1 June) as part of the 2018 Cayman Invitational.

The former Jamaican 100-metre world record holder fielded questions from students in attendance, where there was no shortage of inquisitions.

“What was your favorite moment in track and field?” asked a John Gray student. “The first time I broke the world record. It was unbelievable. It took me like two weeks to realize I had broken the world record” said the 36-year old.

Over at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, two-time Olympic 100-metre gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce and American quarter mile Olympic gold medalist LaShawn Merritt met with the media along with Meet Director Cydonie Mothersille and the Sports Ministry’s Joel Francis.

For Fraser-Pryce, 31, this will be her first international meet since the 2016 Rio Olympics where she won bronze in the 100-metres. After battling a foot injury as well giving birth to her son over the past two years, she says she’s looking forward to racing the sport’s best on the road the 2019 IAAF World Championships.

“One of my aim going into next season is to run faster than I’ve run before. I am still hungry for that, and I’m looking forward to the challenge. As athletes, we know who we are and what we are made of. I’m excited about the pool of athletes who are coming out and who are doing exceptionally well. It gives us something to work towards, and I’m relishing the opportunity to race against these athletes.”

Merritt, 32, has battled foot injuries for parts of this year. He’s hoping to bounce from recent meets such as the Bermuda Invitational where he was sidelined.

“It’s getting better every week. I didn’t run in Bermuda, then in Jamaica I was good and I did some stuff in warm up, but I couldn’t run the curve the way I wanted to, but I still executed the race and finished up healthy. It’s been a couple weeks since then, so I’m here to put another race together and finish up strong.”

Jamaican schoolboy standout Christopher Taylor, who was set to face Cayman’s top amateur athlete, 200-and 400-metre national record holder Jamal Walton until an injury sidelined him from competing. Taylor says it’s disappointing but is still looking forward to competing.

“I was looking forward to it this weekend, but he’s injured so I will keep on going and finish what I came here to do this weekend.”

In the men’s 110-metre hurdles Cayman’s Rasheem Brown will face stiff competition against the likes of Olympians Jonathan Cabral (CAN), Devin Allen (USA) and African junior record holder Wellington Zaza (LBR). Perhaps one his biggest rivals is Jamaica’s Dijour Russell. Having competed in Jamaica for parts of the season, Russell says he Brown has a promising future.

“He’s a great athlete, very humble. We talk, he wants to learn, he’ll be great. Just keep working hard.”

Here is a look at the entire rundown of events at Saturday’s (2 June) 2018 Cayman Invitational:

MEN 100M 
1 JASON ROGERS SKN
2 NESTA CARTER JAM
4 ASAFA POWELL JAM
5 KESTON BLEDMAN TRI
6 TYQUENDO TRACEY JAM
7 JEFF DEMPS USA
8 SENOJ-JAY GIVANS JAM

MEN 200M 

2 KYREE KING USA
3 DELANO WILLAMS UK
4 LASHAWN MERRITT USA
5 TERAY SMITH BAH
6 JEVAUGHN MINIZE JAM
7 KYLE GREAUX TRI
8 GILBERT HAINUCA NAB

MEN 400M 
1 SHERLOCK BROOKS CAY
2 CHIDI OKEZIE NGR
3 RUSHEEN MCDONALD JAM
4 JAVON FRANCIS JAM
5 CHRISTOPHER TAYLOR JAM
6 VERNON NORWOOD USA
7 CHAMP PAGE USA
8 DAVID VERBURG USA

MEN 110MH 

2 WELLINGTON ZAZA LBR
3 RASHEEM BROWN CAY
4 JOHNATHAN CABRAL CAN
5 DEJOUR RUSSELL JAM
6 TYLER MASON JAM
7 DEVON ALLEN USA

MEN 800M 
1 ANTHONIO MASCOLL BAR
2 HARUN ABDA USA
3 WAYNE SMALLS CAY
4 DOMINIC DYER CAY
5 JO-WAYNE HIBBERT JAM
6 TAJ LEWIS CAY

MEN LONG JUMP
1 TAJAY GAYLE JAM
2 ANDWUELLE WRIGHT TRI
3 CARL MORGAN CAY
4 DEVIN ALLEN USA

WOMEN 100M 
1 TYNIA GAITHER BAH
2 SHERONE SIMPSON JAM
3 JENNA PRANDINI USA
4 SHELLY-ANN FRASER-PRYCE JAM
5 SEMOY HACKETT TRI
6 AALIYAH BROWN USA
7 DESTINEE BROWN USA
8 SCHILLONIE CALVERT-POWELL JAM

WOMEN 200M 
1 VERONE CHAMBERS JAM
2 TYNIA GAITHER BAH
3 SEMOY HACKETT TRI
4 JENNA PRANDINI USA
5 ANTHONIQUE STRACHAN BAH
6 KAI SELVON TRI
7 KIMBERLY DUNCAN USA
8 SCHILLONIE CALVERT-POWELL JAM

WOMEN 400M 

2 SONIKQUA WALKER JAM
3 VERONE CHAMBERS JAM
4 TRAVIA JONES CAN
5 ASHLEY KELLY BVI
6 AIYANNA-BRIGIT STIVERNE CAN
7 KINEKE ALEXANDER SVG

WOMEN400MH 

2 NIKITA TRACEY JAM
3 YANIQUE HAYE-SMITH JAM
4 RISTANANNA TRACEY JAM
5 LEAN NUGENT JAM
6 RUSHELL CLAYTON JAM
7 KIAH SEYMOUR USA
8 DANIELLE DOWIE JAM

 

About the author

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise began his sports broadcasting journey with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). It was in this role where he was able to craft the immersive and enthusiastic approach to reporting, broadcasting and production you see here today in Cayman's sports community.

Jordan has also worked behind the scenes for a number of Canadian broadcasting & production companies such as CBC Sports, Cineflix Productions and Cream Productions.

Did he mention he was St. Clare of Assisi's 1994 Athlete of the Year?

Now dubbed 'The Sports Guy', Jordan relishes the role as Cayman 27 Sports Producer, where he can tell the stories of Cayman’s athletes. You can reach Jordan at 333.6521 or jordanarmenise@hurleysmedia.ky.

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