Don’t even think of taking a ‘pee’ once this show gets on the road. You might just miss it. This is the bomb, prelude I like to say before Rio. We got the goods and we will deliver the goodies. This is nothing short of amazing and you surely can see Jamaica being a country to host a Diamond League in the very near future.
Showmanship will be on display and it should be. The best of the best will be on the Roc and when you have the audience you must entertain. We are expecting something spectacular. They are here, on the Roc the breeding ground for Jamaica’s finest. The weather is superb, the hype is in full swing and it will be an outstanding display of the highest magnitude from all the athletes representing their respective countries. If you want to shine, there is no better place to shine than amongst Jamaica’s elite on their home turf.
I am jacked………………………
Stardust sprinkles ‘Stadium’ as Racers Grand Prix runs off
(Jamaica Observer) Saturday, June 11, 2016
BOLT…I’m feeling pretty good (Photo: AFP)
The greatest sprinters of all time, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, will lead a galaxy of stars into what is expected to be enthralling and exciting action at the inaugural Jamaica National Racers Grand Prix at the National Stadium today, starting at 6:00 pm.
After two years of planning, the Racers Track Club-Capital of Excellence welcomes the world’s finest runners, jumpers and throwers in an IAAF Area Permit meet, scheduled to last just over three hours.
More than 100 of the world’s best athletes from more than 10 countries will be on show, and the spectacle will be beamed to approximately 250 million viewers worldwide on five continents.
It is expected to be one of the best spectacles involving Olympic champions, World Championships gold medallists, Commonwealth Games champions and several World Youth and World Junior champions.
Glen Mills, the president of Racers Track Club and chairman of the organising committee, said the meet will increase the opportunities for professional athletes to get high-class competition outside of Europe, especially with the recent termination of the New York Grand Prix.
It is also expected to generate funds to support the development programme of the club’s large number of non-professional athletes.
There will be 15 track and field events where athletes will be paid US$6,000 for a win, with second collecting US$4,000 and third US$3,000, down to US$1,000 for eighth place.
The historic meet will bring together some marquee match-ups, none more mouth-watering than the men’s 100m in which the legendary Usain Bolt will match strides with former world record-holder Asafa Powell, the 2011 World champion Yohan Blake — who is seen as Bolt’s heir apparent, and the 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Kemar Bailey-Cole. This blue ribbon event will bring the curtains down at 9:30 pm.
Double Olympic 100m champion Fraser-Pryce and great American foe Carmelita Jeter will renew their rivalry in the 100m, which also has Samantha Henry-Robinson, Barbara Pierre, Remone Burchell, Jura Levy, Kelly-Ann Baptiste and Gayon Evans.
A unique but fascinating 300m race will pit together a growing rivalry between American Lashawn Merritt, Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa, Isaac Makwala of Botswana, Javere Bell of Jamaica and Americans Tony McQuay, Kyle Clemons and Gil Roberts.
Jamaica’s top quarter-miler, Javon Francis has been in good form, but will have to be at his best against some of the Caribbean’s emerging stars in Machel Cedenio of Trinidad and Tobago, and Bralon Taplin of Grenada and Mike Berry of the USA.
Interestingly, Jamaica’s 400m prodigy Christopher Taylor of Calabar High school will test the waters in a 400m ‘A’ race against the likes of Chumaine Fitten, Delano Williams of Great Britain, Riker Hylton, Nathan Allen, Jonia McDonald and Keeno Burrell.
Jamaica 100m hurdles World champion Danielle Williams will be in action against her sister Shermaine Williams and Megan Simmonds, Americans Sharika Nevis, and Ginnie Crawford and Yvette Lewis of Panama.
Two American World champions in Jason Richardson and David Oliver will compete in the 110m hurdles, and will take on Jamaica’s Commonwealth Games champion Andrew Riley and the up-and-coming Tyler Mason.
The outstanding Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas should be a cinch in the women’s 200m, where she will take on Jamaica’s rejuvenated Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby and American Jenna Prandini.
A novel javelin event is also on the cards with Jamaica’s Orrin Powell and Orlando Thomas taking on Petr Frydrych of Czech Republic, Lars Hamann of Germany and American Riley Dolezal.
Fedrick Dacres will lead Jamaica’s charges in the men’s discus in which compatriots Jason Morgan, Chad Wright and Travis Smikle take on Americans Rodney Brown, Travis Bailey and Samoa’s Alexander Rose.
No Jamaicans are down for the women’s high jump which will see four Americans in Doreen Amata, Liz Patterson, Chaunte Lowe and Rachel McCoy, versus the St Lucian pair of Lavern Spencer and Jeanelle Scheper.
Jamaica’s Shaneka Thomas, fresh from her exploits on the Diamond League circuit, will line up against Ayanna Alexander of Trinidad and Tobago, Ciarra Brewer of the USA, Nadia Eke of Ghana and Tamara Myers of the Bahamas for the women’s triple jump.
Tickets for the event will be available at $5,000 for grandstand finish line; $3,000 for the rest of the grandstand; $500 for the bleachers.
The opening ceremony will see entertainer Chris Martin performing with Tarrus Riley being the closing act.