By Anthony Foster in Grand Cayman
The third staging of the Cayman Invitational meet, will bring together twin sisters Melisa and Miki Barber. The twins have not raced together in seven years.
Both ladies are very excited to be here, Miki for the first time and Lisa for the third year running. However, both while excited to be back on the track together, want to stay injury free.
Melisa, 2006 World Indoor 60m champion, the more experienced of the two, said “It feels great (to be competing with each other again) because we haven’t done this in a while…and I haven’t competed in a long time myself, so just to be here in the Cayman Islands, one of my favorite meets, with her, feels good and I am excited.”
Miki will face Veronica Campbell-Brown, Muriel Ahoure, Asha Phillip, Cristina Santos, Trisha Ann Hawthorne and Cache Armbriste in the women’s 100m. She will then return later for the 200m against her sister Lisa, along with Jeneba Tarmoh, Sheri-Ann Brooks, Laverne Jones, Porscha Lucas and Anthonique Strachan.
“We are going to meet up in the 200m, so its going to be fun, “ said Melisa.
Melisa, who won two World Championships 4x100m gold medals, also said while its fun, her sister is just another competitor. “it feels like any other competitor, so when we line-up its not like "she is my sister", it's just "she's another competitor"….I treat everybody the same.
Miki, the 2007 Pan American Games 100m champion, also said – “It feels great” but most importantly for her. "I just want both of us to be healthy and run to the best of our abilities. It's very good to be back with her, especially in an international competition and in the Cayman Islands. This is my first time coming here, so I am very happy. It's her third time," said Miki, who was also a part of USA's 2007 World Championships 4x100m winning team.
Melisa said their parents are very supportive, "and the fact we haven’t run in a while, will probably make them a little nervous.”
She also said she started her own business, a jewelry line called the honey collections.
The Cayman Invitational, organized by Cayman Islands’ track queen Cydonie Mothersill, is in its third staging and will be held at the Truman Bodden Stadium.