POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe – The organizers of the International Meeting Region de Guadeloupe are pleased to announce that the 2016 edition will be held on May 14th. In its 12th year of existence, the Athletics Meeting in Guadeloupe has entertained over the years an elaborate list of Olympic and World Champions competing in front of a supportive Caribbean crowd at the Baie-Mahault Stadium.
According to the release from the organizers, "in an effort to help produce world ranking times for this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, the running, jumping and throwing surfaces in the Baie-Mahault Stadium have all been re-surfaced.
The organizers said "are expecting performances to fly off the chart on the new surface in May."
The following 15 events are planned for 2016:
Men: 100m, 200m, 400m, 110m hurdles, 1500m, 400m hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump
Women: 100m, 400m, 800m, Long Jump, 100m hurdles, Shot Put, 400m hurdles
Also, the release spoke of the increase in prize money over 2015.
"In 2015, the prize money was increased. We are pleased to announce that the prize money again will be higher than in previous years as follows:
Premium Events Classic Events
1st $5,000 $2,500
2nd $3,500 $2,000
3rd $2,000 $1,000
4th $1,500 $800
5th $1,000 $700
6th $700 $600
7th $600 $500
8th $500 $400
Several international stars competed in 2015, among them World Champion Bronze medalists Jeffrey Gibson from the Bahamas and US shot putter Michelle Carter, 2013 World T&F Champion and American Record Holder Briana Rollins.
Also competed were local Guadeloupe star Willem Belocian; 2005 American World 400m hurdles champion Bershawn "Batman" Jackson; Olympic Triple & Long Jump medalist Will Claye; 2003 100m World Champion Kim Collins of St Kitts & Nevis and 3-time World Champion and Olympic long jump Champion Brittney Reese and Jamaica's former 100m World Record holder Asafa Powell.
"The International Meeting Region de Guadeloupe is a fantastic athletics event to see future & present Olympic stars from the Caribbean islands, South America, the US, Canada and Europe. 2016 will be no different," concluded the release.