Bolt, Felix set to highlight Cayman Invitational

World and Olympic Games champions Usain Bolt and Allyson Felix will headline the 5th staging of the Cayman Invitational, which is set for May 14, 2016. The meet, scheduled for the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in Grand Cayman, will also see 2011 World 100m champion, Carmelita Jeter, Commonwealth Games 100m champion, Kemar Bailey-Cole, along with rising stars Machel Cedenio (TRI) and Zharnell Hughes (GBR). Meet Director and retired Cayman Islands' sprint queen, Cydonie Mothersill commented, "Once again, I am is very happy to be taking world-class athletes to the Cayman Islands. We are building a brand and what better way to do it than take the best athletes around the world for Caymanians to see live. Mothersill, who won the 200m at the inaugural meet in 2012, urges track and field fans to come out to witness great competition from some of those who will be going on to win medals in Rio Olympic Games. “It’s an Olympic year and I’m sure many of those who will be running here will medal in Rio,” she added. She is again thankful for all the athletes who have agreed to take part at the meet, especially World Championships gold medallists Bolt, Felix and Jeter. Bolt, the two-time defending Olympic Games sprint double champion, is down to run his first 100m of the season. His last outing was at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing in August 2015. In a statement, he said: "I am pleased to announce that I will be competing in the 100m at the Cayman International T&F meeting on May 14. It will be my first international competition in 2016 and my second time to run in Cayman. I always enjoy competing in the Caribbean and look forward to meeting my fans in Cayman" He holds the world records in the 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19.) Cayman Islands’, Kemar Hyman, and Jamaica’s Commonwealth Games champion, Kemar Bailey-Cole, should add to the competitive 100m event. American Felix, the most versatile modern day sprinter spanning 100, 200 and 400, is yet to decide on her event. She is the world 400m and Olympic Games 200m champion. The 30-year-old has also won three World 200m titles. “I am excited to be competing in the Cayman Invitational meeting on May 14,” said Felix, who has won 21 gold, 7 silver and 3 bronze medals competing internationally for United States. “I always enjoy competing in the Caribbean and Grand Cayman is one of my favorite islands to visit since the past two years,” added the holder of four Olympic Games gold medals. The event will be her official season opener, and according to Felix, winner of nine World Championships gold medals, running in Cayman Islands “will be such a joy.” Jeter, who appeared in 2012 and 2013 “is excited to return” and along with Natasha Morrison, a member of Jamaica’s winning 4x100m team at last year’s World Championships, should add spice to the sprints. “It's always a joy to be competing at the Cayman Invitational, it will be my 3rd time returning and love the meet and the fan atmosphere,” said the woman, who won the individual 100m silver and helped USA to 4x100m gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games. “It will be my first 100m competition of 2016 and will be a joy kicking off my season on the beautiful island and watched by great crowd,” added the 2011 Daegu World Championships 100m champion. Anguilla’s Hughes who competes for Great Britain, Jamaican, Jason Young, Antigua and Barbuda’s Miguel Francis, Kenya’s National champion, Carvin Nkanata, and hometown boy, Tyrell Cuffy, are down for the men’s 200m. Machel Cedenio of Trinidad and Tobago, who ran a personal best 44.36 to win last year, returns to face Jamaican, Jermaine Gonzales, who has being struggling with injury since he stopped in the 4x400m race at London 2012, and Delano Williams, who helped Great Britain to bronze in the Beijing World Championships 4x400m. The women’s 400m hurdles will have World Championships fourth place finisher, Janieve Russell and American Kori Carter, who ran a NCAA and personal record of 53.21 in 2013. Also in the event are Jamaicans Shevon Stoddart and Ristananna Tracey along with American Turquoise Thompson. Jenna Prandini, USA 2015 national 200m champion, and The Bowerman Award 2015 winner Jenna Prandini, will also be in action. Homeboy Ronald Forbes, Jamaican, Tyler Mason, Americans Aleec Harris and Spencer Adams are down for the men’s 110m hurdles. Former schoolboy champion and 2013 200m World Youth Champion, Michael O’Hara, fresh into the pro ranks, will make his debut.