Shaunae Miller-Uibo at Doha Dimond League
Shaunae Miller-Uibo

photomark 1 1024x531 1024x531 1 1024x531 1 1024x531 1One hundred and fifty-three (153) Caribbean Olympians have been entered to compete in the Athletics, set to begin on Friday, August 12 at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Jamaica will field the largest number (52) ahead of Trinidad and Tobago and Bahamas (25), Antigua and Barbuda & St. Kitts Nevis (7), Barbados (6), Grenada (5), Guyana (4) and British Virgin Islands and US Virgin Islands (3). Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Belize, Haiti and Suriname each has two competitors entered.

Bahamas initially entered 28 athletes but 100m hurdlers, Devynne Charlton and Adanca Brown and 4x400m selectee, Shaniqua Dorsette, withdrew because of injury. Barbados lost 200m sprinter, Sada Williams, to injury, as well.

The Sprints will again be the feature events for the Caribbean with twenty-six (26) entries in the 100m, 17 in 200m and 20 in the 400m. In the hurdles, the region’s numbers are 14 in the 100m/110m hurdles and 11 in the 400m hurdles. Jamaica has registered the full three quotas in all sprints as well as the hurdles. Trinidad and Tobago has full presentation in the men’s 100m and 400m and the women’s 100m and 200m. Jamaica is listed to field teams in all four relays with Trinidad and Tobago entered in three (men /women 4x100m. M 4x400m). Bahamas will feature in the M/W 4x400m while Antigua and Barbuda and St. Kitts Nevis are among the field in the M 4x100m.

In the field events, the region will have participants – ten – in all four throwing disciplines for the first time. Jamaica is the only country/territory with a presence in all field disciplines, a full quota of three in the women’s discus, one in the shot putt and a first time participant in the women’s hammer. British Virgin Islands will debut in the throws with a competitor in the men’s shot put. In the jumps, nine will do battle as Bahamas leads with full representation (three) in the men’s high jump, two in the men’s triple jump and one in the women’s long jump.

In the middle and long distance events, two Jamaicans (women’s 3000m steeplechase and men’s 5000m) will be the only Caribbean runners.

Antigua and Barbuda 7 6 1
Bahamas 25 16 9
Barbados 6 3 3
Bermuda 2 2 0
British Virgin Islands 3 2 1
Cayman Islands 2 2 0
Dominica 2 1 1
Grenada 5 4 1
Guyana 4 2 2
Jamaica 52 24 28
St. Lucia 2 0 2
St. Kitts 7 6 1
St. Vincent & the Grenadines 2 1 1
Trinidad and Tobago 25 16 9
US Virgin Islands 3 2 1
Belize 2 1 1
Haiti 2 1 1
Suiname 2 1 1
153 90 63

Men(16):  Daniel Bailey, Cehjae Green (ANT);  Adrian Griffith, Shavez Hart, Jamial Rolle (BAH); Ramon Gittens (BAR); Kemar Hyman (CAY); Darrell Wesh (HAI); Nickel Ashmeade, Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt (JAM); Antoine Adams, Kim Collins, (SKN); Jurgen Themen (SUR); Keston Bledman, Rondel Sorrillo, Richard Thompson (TTO)

Women(10): Tynia Gaither (BAH); Tahesia Harrigan-Scott (IVB); Brenessa Thompson (GUY); Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson, Christania Williams (JAM); Sunayna Wahi (SUR); Michelle-Lee Ahye, Semoy Hackett, Kelly-An Baptiste (TTO)

Men(14): Miguel Francis (ANT),  Shavez Hart, Teray Smith (BAH); Levi Cadogan, Burkhart Ellis Jr, Ramon Gittens (BAR); Harold Houston (BER); Bradon Jones (BIZ); Nickel Ashmeade, Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt (JAM).  Antoine Adams (SKN); Rondel Sorrillo, Kyle Greaux (TTO);

Women(13): Sheniqua Ferguson (BAH), Tynia Gaither, Anthonique Strachan (BAH),  Ashley Kelly (IVB); Brenessa Thompson (GUY); Veronica Campbell-Brown, Simone Facey, Elaine Thompson (JAM), Tameka Williams (SKN)’ Michelle-Lee Ahye, Semoy Hackett, Reyare Thomas (TTO); Lavern Jones-Ferrette (ISV)

Men(13): Chris Brown, Steven Gardiner, Alonzo Russell (BAH); Kirani James, Bralon Taplin (GRN); Winston George (GUY); Fitzroy Dunkley, Javon Francis, Rusheen McDonald (JAM); Brandon Valentine-Parris (VIN); Machel Cedenio, Lalonde Gordon, Deon Lendore (TTO)

Women(7): Shaunae Miller (BAH); Kanika Beckles (GRN); Aliyah Abrams (GUY); Christine Day, Shericka Jackson, Stephenie Ann McPherson (JAM), Kineke Alexander (VIN)

Women(3): Simoya Campbell, Natoya, Goule, Kenia St. Clair (JAM)

Men(1): Kemoy Campbell (JAM)

100m hurdles
Women(7): Pedrya Seymour (BAH); Kierre Beckles (BAR); Katy Sealy (BIZ); Mulern Jean (HAI); Megan Simmonds, Shermaine Williams, Nickiesha  Wilson (JAM)

110m hurdles
Men(7): Ronald Forbes (CAY); jeffrey Julmis (HAI); Deuce Carter, Omar McLeod, Andrew Riley (JAM); Mikel Thomas (TTO); Eddie Lovette (ISV)

400m hurdles
Men(5): Jeffery Gibson (BAH); Roxroy Cato, Jaheel Hyde, Annsert, Whyte (JAM); Jehue Gordon (TTO)

Women(6): Tia-Adana Belle (BAR); Leah Nugent,Janieve Russell, Ristananna Tracey (JAM); Janiel Bellille, Sparkle McKnight (TTO)

3000m Steeplechase
Women(1): Aisha Praught (JAM)

High jump
Men(3): Trevor Barry, Donald Thomas, Jamal Wilson (BAH)

Women(3): Priscilla Frederick (ANT);  Akela Jones (BAR); Jeanelle Scheper, Levern Spencer (LC)

Long jump
Men(3): Tyrone Smith (BER); Damar Forbes, Aubrey Smith (JAM)

Women(1) : Bianca Stuart (BAH)

Triple jump
Men(6): Latario Collie-Minns, Leevan Sand (BAH); Yordanys Duranona (DMA); Troy Doris (GUY); Clive Pullen (JAM); Muhammad Halim (ISV)

Women(3): Thea Lafond (DMA); Shanieka Thomas, Kimberly Williams (JAM)

Shot put
Men(2): Eldred Henry (IVB); O’Dayne Richards (JAM)

Women(2): Danniel Thomas (JAM); Cleopatra Borel(TTO)

Men:(1) Fedrick Darces (JAM)

Women(3):Tarasue Barnett, Kellion Knibb, Shadae Lawrence (JAM)

Women(1): Daina Levy (JAM)

Men(1): Keshorn Walcott (TTO)

Women(1): Akela Jones (BAR)

Men(2): Kurt Felix, Lindon Victor (GRN)

Men(4): ANT; JAM; SKN; TTO

Women(2): JAM; TTO

Men(3): BAH; JAM; TTO

Women(2) : BAH; JAM

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Clayton Clarke is a freelance track and field journalist since 2005. He is a former athlete and an IAAF Level III coach (Sprints & Hurdles). He has been a writer with Track Alerts since its inception in 2009. He worked with several media houses (radio, tv, newspaper, website) in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, St. Kitts Nevis and the Bahamas. The Tobago native has covered the Carifta Games since 2005, the 2010 Commonwealth Games, 2011 World Athletic Championships and numerous local and regional track and field events.. Though track and field is his passion and main interest, he has served as media liaison with numerous sporting bodies in T&T and in particular in Tobago, namely cycling, chess, football, beach soccer, taekwondo, rugby, swimming, tennis and beach volleyball.


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