Kirani James is the reigning Olympic men’s 400m champion. He became the Spice Isle’s first ever Olympic medallist and will be seeking to retain his crown in Rio. Teammate Bralon Taplin, who lowered his personal best to 44.38 in July, will seek to ensure two Grenadians advance to the finals.
Decathlete brothers Kurt Felix and Lindon Victor are hoping to have a top eight finish. Competing in his second Olympics, Felix will be aiming to finish this time around in Rio. Victor improved his brother’s national record to 8446 points for the NCAA title. Kanika Beckles will at least look to match Hazel-Ann Regis’ 2004 semifinal effort.
National 100m/200m record holder Brenessa Thompson is among three national record holders in Rio. Thompson may need to go close to her national marks of 11.14/22.99 to become the first from her country to advance to the sprint semi-finals.
Triple jumper Troy Doris is his country’s first representative in a field event and could be among the finalists if he can reproduce his national record mark (17.18) form from earlier this year.
Winston George is the lone athlete with previous Olympic experience. He will have to challenge his national men’s 400m record of 45.25 to secure a spot in the semi-finals. In the women’s 400m Aliyah Abram will be aiming to join national record holder Allison Pompey as semi-finalists for Guyana.
Levern Spencer and Jeanelle Scheper created history for St. Lucia at the 2015 World Championships when both advanced to the finals in the women’s high jump.
Spencer has long been the country’s flag-bearer. Following her bronze at the World Youth Championships back in 2001, she had been among the world’s elite competing in the finals of several World Junior, Indoors and Outdoor Championships. Her success seemed to have inspired Scheper as the two will no doubt be looking to be among the top eight in Rio.
Jeanelle Scheper is making his debut for St. Lucia and will be seeking to better his national men’s 100m record of 10.16 and advance to the semi-finals.
ST. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES
Kineke Alexander will be looking to go all the way to the finals in Rio after reaching semis in two World Championships (2009/2013) as well as the 2003 World Youth and 2004 World Juniors. However, she may have to go well under her national record of 51.23. Brandon Valentine-Parris will have Eswort Coombs’ national men’s 400m mark of 45.19 in his sight if he is to have a chance of reaching the semis.
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Reigning Olympic men’s javelin champion Keshorn Walcott will be looking to repeat his success in Rio. His 86.35m effort in July gives an indication that he may be approaching his national 90.16 record mark. Former Junior champion Machel Cedenio and London Olympic bronze medallist Lalonde Gordon will be a strong contender in advancing to the men’s 400m finals. Cedenio improved his pb to 44.34 in July. Ian Morris’ national record of 44.21 may be under threat by the two if they are to vie for medals.
London finalist and 2011 World Champs bronze Kelly-Ann Baptiste and in-form Michelle-Lee Ahye may have to be in 10.8 form to advance to the women’s 100m finals. Ahye’s national record of 22.33 puts her among the contenders for a medal in the 200m despite her inexperience in the event at Championships level. Semoy Hackett will fancy her chances of booking a spot in the 200m finals. Shot putter Cleopatra Borel will be looking to advance to her third Olympic finals and then go after her national record of 19.42 to vie for a medal. Beijing Olympic silver medallist Richard Thompson will be bidding for his third straight 100m finals. To do so he will have to continue his 9.97 season form and even go faster.
The World Championship’s bronze medal team of Ahye, Baptiste, Semoy, World Junior bronze medallist Khalifa St. Fort and Reyare Thomas are confident of advancing to the women’s0 4x100m finals and will be seeking to go under the 42.03 national record to be a medal contender.
The men’s 4x400m line-up of Cendenio, Lalonde Gordon, Deon Lendore, Jarrin Solomon and Renny Quow will be aiming to upgrade on the bronze from London four years ago and match the silver from the 2015 World Champs. Beijing and London silver medallist Thompson, Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender will team up with Rondel Sorrillo in a bid to win T&T third straight men’s 4x100m medal.
Former World Champion Jehue Gordon will have to reproduce the form that propelled him to sixth in the men’s 400m hurdles finals in London and the global title one year later if he is to line up in the finals in Rio. Mikel Thomas will be hoping to compete in the finals of the men’s 100m hurdles in his third Olympics, while Sparkle McKnight and former world junior silver medallist Janeil Bellille will bid to become T&T’s first finalists in the women’s 400m hurdles.