ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – Organisers of the inaugural Grenada Invitational today announced two other exciting athletes for the event in April.
Olympic 100m hurdles champion Brianna Rollins of the United States and Trinidad & Tobago track star Michelle-Lee Ahye are the latest to add their names to the growing list of competitors for the Grenada Invitational (GI 2017) scheduled for April 8 at the National Athletic Stadium.
Rollins, who has a personal best of 12.26 seconds, finished 2016 with a second-place finish in the 60m hurdles at the IAAF World Indoor Championships and clinched the gold medal in the 100m hurdles at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August.
Ahye, the 2016 Trinidad & Tobago Sportswoman of the Year, copped the sprint double at the National Association of Athletics Administrations (NAAA) Open Championships in June, winning the 100m in 11.00 seconds and a new T&T record of 22.33 in the 200m to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games. She was a finalist in the sprints, finishing fifth in the 100m and sixth in the 200m.
Rollins and Ahye are the latest athletes confirmed to participate in the Grenada Invitational, an Area Permit Meet (APM), which is sanctioned by the North American Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC).
Americans Justin Gatlin, David Oliver, LaShawn Merritt and Ashley Spencer, along with Jamaicans Asafa Powell and Veronica Campbell-Brown, Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis, Phylicia George of Canada and former world and Olympic 400m champion Kirani James of Grenada are among athletes previously announced by the organisers.
“We continue to see excitement among athletes, their agents and coaches and their support for the Grenada Invitational,” said Michael Bascombe, one of the organisers of the event.
“Chris Brown is giving his heart and soul to this cause and the Local Organising Committee can’t find words to express our appreciation for what he has done thus far.”
Brown, a decorated Bahamian Olympian, is working with the GI 2017 to invite world-class competitors to compete in the one-day track and field meet.
“Apart from bringing great athletes to Grenada we have to deliver on a quality event,” said LOC Chair Dexter Mitchell.
“The IAAF, it’s regional affiliate NACAC, the Grenada Athletic Association, the Ministry of Sports, the Government of Grenada have all entrusted us and supported us in putting on the Grenada Invitational and we promise to deliver on an excellent meet in 2017 and to lay the foundation for many years of Grenada Invitationals to come.”