By Anthony Foster in Puerto Rico
Track and field fans, at this time of the season, should be willing to do whatever it takes to see Lashawn Merritt, Luguelin Santos and Machel Cedenio face-off.
These three, Merritt, who is the World Champion, as well as Santos, Olympic Games silver medallist, and Cedenio, the respective World Junior champion and second fastest man with 44.36 in 2015, will clash on Saturday at the Ponce Grand Prix Meeting here in Puerto Rico.
American Merritt season best is 44.80 and Santos, whose 45.28 is off the sub-45 barrier, should make chasing 19-year-old Cedenio the men’s 400m the highlight of the Ninth staging of the Ponce Grand Prix.
Cedenio opened his season with a personal best 45.09 at a small meet in Florida, but surprised himself with 44.36 at the Cayman Invitational on May 16, is the man to watch.
However, Merritt is a world-class athlete, and even though his season best stands at 44.80, can take down any field on any given day. Santos, on the other hand, is running himself into form.
Add to that line-up former World and Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner, who was instrumental in USA’s 4x400m victory in the Bahamas earlier this month.