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DOHA, QATAR - SEPTEMBER 28: Christian Coleman of the United States crosses the finish line to win the Men's 100 Metres final ahead of Justin Gatlin of the United States and Akani Simbine of South Africa during day two of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images for IAAF)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (23 May) – The highly anticipated Racers Grand Prix, a World Athletics Continental Tour Silver Level Meeting, is just around the corner (3 June). With less than two weeks to go, sports enthusiasts eagerly await the men’s 100m dash showdown, headlined by American Doha 2019 world champion Christian Coleman.

However, Coleman will have a challenging ride, as two Jamaican rising stars, Oblique Seville and Ackeem Blake, should pose a significant challenge to the American star. ALSO READ: Christian Coleman Makes Strong Return with 9.78w at Bermuda Grand Prix

Christian Coleman, boasting a lightning-fast personal best of 9.76, currently holds the title of the fastest athlete in the field. Yet, Seville’s remarkable energy in the past two years is expected to impact the race’s outcome substantially. While Coleman and Seville are slated to start in separate heats, all eyes are on their potential clash in the final.

Blake, with a personal best of 9.92, will face Coleman in heat 1 of the event. Sharing the heat with them is Tyquendo Tracey, who boasts a respectable personal best of 9.96, making him another sub-10-second contender. ALSO READ: Seville Triumphs Over Yohan Blake at JAAA All-Comers Meet in Kingston

Last Sunday (21 May), Coleman ran a windy 9.78 to beat Blake at the Bermuda Grand Prix.

In heat 2, Seville, who recently recorded an impressive 9.94 at the JAAA All-Comers Meet on 20 May, has boldly promised an even faster time of at least 9.8 at the upcoming Racers Grand Prix. With a personal best of 9.86, Seville leads the pack as the fastest athlete in his heat. Julian Forte, with a personal best of 9.91, and American sprinter Kendal Williams, who has clocked a solid 9.99, are the only other sub-10-second men competing in heat 2.

The stage is set for an electrifying showdown at the Racers Grand Prix as Coleman, Seville, and Blake prepare to leave their mark in the men’s 100m dash. As anticipation builds, fans eagerly await to witness who will emerge victorious and etch their name in the annals of sprinting history.


1Ian KERR1996 ·   BAHAllStarz Athletix Mgmt110.3510.56
2Michael STEPHENS2000 ·   JAMRacers TC210.1210.30
3Jerome BLAKE1995 ·   CAN310.0010.08
4Ackeem BLAKE2002 ·   JAMTitans TC49.929.99
5Christian COLEMAN1996 ·   USANike59.76
6Oshane BAILEY1989 ·   JAMSprinTec TC610.0310.13
7Sachin DENNIS2002 ·   JAMElite Performance TC710.1110.11
8Tyquendo TRACEY1993 ·   JAMSwept TC89.9610.47


1Reynaldo ESPINOSA2003 ·   CUB110.2610.26
2Kishane THOMPSON2001 ·   JAMMVP210.21
3Kendal WILLIAMS1995 ·   USAadidas39.9910.03
4Oblique SEVILLE2001 ·   JAMRacers TC49.869.95
5Julian FORTE1993 ·   JAMElite Performance TC59.9110.03
6Kadrian GOLDSON1997 ·   JAMGC Foster College610.1110.11
7Eric HARRISON JR.1999 ·   TTO710.0810.18
8Conroy JONES2002 ·   JAMElite Performance TC810.0010.63
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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.