The inaugural Grenada Invitational takes centre stage today at the country’s Athletics Stadium in Georgetown.

The headliners are led by hometown hero Kirani James, the London 2012 Olympic champion, two-time Olympic 200m gold medallist Veronica Campbell-Brown, former World 100m record holder Asafa Powell and American Justin Gatlin.

Powell is listed for the men’s 100m B race alongside fellow Jamaican Michael Frater and Jamaica-born Andrew Fisher, who now represents Bahrain.

The International A race will have Americans Justin Gatlin, Jeff Demps, Isiah Young and Mike Rodgers, along with T&T’s Emmanuel Callender.

TT’s pair of Michelle-Lee Ahye and Semoy Hackett take on Americans Tiffany Townsend, Octaviou Freeman along with Murielle Ahoure of Ivory Coast in the main women’s 100m clash.

Campbell-Brown leads two other Jamaicans Jura Levy and Gayon Evans in the women’s 200m, which will also have Americans Candyce McGrone, Joanna Atkins and Kaylin Whitney. Tynia Gaither of Bahamas is also in the field.

The women’s B 200m will have Trinidad and Tobago’s duo of Rayere Thomas and Semoy Hackett, BVI’s Ashley Kelly, Barbadian Jade Bailey against Cierra White of USA.

Nigel Ellis of Jamaica, Antoine Adams of St. Kitts and Nevis take aim at Americans Lashawn Merritt and Wallace Spearmon in the international men’s 200m while Jamaican Jason Young and Bermudan Harold Houston are in the B race.

James, the top Caribbean quarter-miler, faces Martin Rooney of Great Britain, USA’s Calvin Smith, TT’s Jarrin Solomon and Jamaicans Javon Francis and Fitzroy Dunkley in the international men’s 400m.

Bahamian Steven Gardiner will run the one lap B race along with Trinidad and Tobago’s Renny Quow.

Christine Day is the only Caribbean athlete in the women’s international 400m, which will have Americans Jessica Beard, Robin Reynolds and Brianna Nelson.
The women’s one lap B will have Jamaican Dominique Blake and American Claudia Francis.

In the 100m hurdles, Jamaican Nickiesha Wilson, Ivanique Kemp of Bahamas and Barbadian Kierre Beckles go up against Americans Queen Harrison and Sharika Nelvis.

Jamaicans Leah Nugent and Danielle Dowie along with T&T’s Sparkle McKnight and Yanique Haye-Smith of Turks and Caicos are in the women’s 400m hurdles.

The men’s one lap obstacle race will have Jamaican Roxroy Cato, Bahamian Jeffery Gibson and USA’s Jeshua Anderson.

Saniel Atkinson-Grier of Jamaica, Levern Spencer of St. Lucia and Deandra Daniel of T&T are listed for the women’s high jump.

Ronald Forbes of Cayman, Jamaicans Andrew Riley and Deuce Carter, along with Barbadians Shane Brathwaite, are set to clash in the men’s 110m hurdles.

Jamaican Demar Forbes and Bahamian Leevan Sands are the Caribbean men in the triple jump.


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