BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 26: Usain Bolt of Jamaica reacts after competing in the Men's 200 metres semi-final during day five of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 26, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF)

None of the events in which Jamaica’s Usain Bolt holds world record marks, will be a part of the main events at this year’s Jamaica Invitational, which is an IAAF World Challenge Meeting.

Bolt holds the world 100m and 200m records with times of 9.58 and 19.19 respectively. Also, Jamaica with the help of Bolt is the 4x100m record holder, the time 36.84.

According to the Jamaica Invitational website, the men will have less core events than women. Core events to be contested by the men are the 400m, 3000m, 400m hurdles, pole vault and discus throw.

On the women’s side, however, the 100m where Jamaica boasts the World champion in Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Olympic champion, Elaine Thompson, is on as a core event.

The other women’s core events are 800m, 3000m steeplechase, high jump, triple jump and javelin throw.

The core events will have prizes ranging from US$5,000 to as low as US$500.

The men’s 100m and 200m, women’s 200m and 400m, along with the sprint hurdles, are listed as discretionary events for the meet.

These events carry prize monies of between US$2,400 to US$200.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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