Jamaican sprint star to compete in local invitational

| 18/04/2012

blake (1) (233x300).jpg(CNS): Jamaica’s Yohan Blake, the number one ranked 100m sprinter will be competing in the inaugural Cayman Invitational at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in Grand Cayman on  9 May. Blake, who at 21 won the men’s 100 meters at last year’s World Champion in Daegu, South Korea, became the youngest 100 meter gold medalist in the history of the World Championships.  He later went on after the World Championships to set a personal best of 9.82 seconds in the 100 meters.

He also in 2011, ran more races under 10 seconds than any other sprinter, and ended his season in astonishing fashion by securing the fastest 200 meters time in the world – and second fastest in history – at 19.26 seconds. The star sprinter said he was very happy to be added to the field in Grand Cayman and that he and RACERS Track Club Ltd., wanted to support the development of yet another athletic meeting in the Caribbean region.

Meanwhile, in the field some of the world's best long jump/ triple jump competitors will be competing such as Will Claye from the United States who won the triple jump and placed fourth in the long jump at the recent World Indoor Championships.

Leevan Sands aka "SUPERMAN", a veteran long jumper/triple jumper and the Bahamian national record holder in the triple jump, at 17.59 will also be heading to Cayman. Leevan has competed in five World Championships, earning a bronze medalin 2003 and has participated in six World Athletics Finals. A two-time Olympian, he produced a bronze medal-winning performance in Beijing.

He will be joined by Nicholas Gordon of Jamaica was a three- time first team All-American at the University of Nebraska in the long jump and Nafee Harris who won the NCAA Division II Outdoor National Championships in the long jump.

Cayman’s own Carl and Carlos Morgan will also compete. Carl enjoyed an 8.02 metre jump at the Georgia Relays as well as a gold medal at the Auburn Invitational. Carlos has not enjoyed the same success as his brother Carl this season, but will have several opportunities for improved results before returning for competition before the home town fans.

 

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