Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce after running 11.33 at the Cayman Invitational, now ready for JN Racers Grand Prix on June 9, 2018
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce after running 11.33 at the Cayman Invitational on June 2, now ready for JN Racers Grand Prix on June 9, 2018

Several world-class athletes were during Friday’s (Mar 8) launch announced for the April 13 Grenada Invitational.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, two-time Olympic 100m champion, Asafa Powell, former world 100m record holder, and Canadian Andre De Grasse, the Olympic 100m and 200m medallist, were among the big names announced on Friday.

World indoor 400m champion Courtney Okolo, Jamaican Akeem Bloomfield, one of the world’s brightest prospects, World 400m hurdles medallist Shamier Little, and Commonwealth Games decathlon champion Lindon Victor will also suit up for the event.

Jamaica’s Olympian Marvin Anderson, the meet director, said there couldn’t be a better day, today’s International Women’s Day, to announce that Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, one of the most decorated female sprinters, will be in action.

“We couldn’t find anyone better to lead the charge over the 100m,” he said of Jamaican sprint queen Fraser-Pryce.

Courtney Okolo, 2018 world indoor champion, Olympic 4x400m gold medalist, returns after missing the second edition in 2018.
“She is looking forward to coming back,” Anderson said.

Little, winner of the women’s 400m in 2018, according to Anderson will be “using the Granda Invitational to kick forward her season.”

“Grenada should look forward to having Asafa here,” he said while pointing out that the Jamaican is two sub-10 runs away from becoming the first man in history to do so 100 times.

De Grasse, he continued: “He is looking forward to coming here and do great things.”

Grenadians Bralon Taplin, winner of the men’s 400m in 2018, Kenisha Pascal, and Rondell Bartholomew are also confirmed for the third staging of the event set for the Kirani James Stadium.

“Those are the athletes we have at the moment. Negotiation are ongoing with other elite athletes,” said Anderson.

Anderson continued: “We will be using the platform of one of the most prominent track and field website in to help promote and roll out the names of these athletes in the coming weeks.”

He promised the meet will have a strong contingent from the USA, Jamaica and the Caribbean Islands including Cuba.

Karlene Purcell, chairman of the local organising committee, said: “The aim of the Grenada Invitational is always to bring world-class athletes to our people.”

The events to be contested are – 100m, 200m, 400m, 400mH 110mH 100mH, 800m, long jump, javelin and female high jump

ESPN will again produce LIVE coverage of the event.

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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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