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Cloud over Queen's meet

Published:Friday | January 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMAkino Ming/Staff Reporter
Thompson ... down to run 60m

The organisers for the Queen's/Grace Jackson track meet have revealed that a bevy of Olympic and IAAF World Championships medallists have entered this weekend's 17th staging of the event.

But the withdrawal of one of the main sponsors has left a dark cloud hanging over the meet as organisers are now scampering to secure funding to rent the National Stadium.

"More than 2200 athletes are down to compete at the meet on Saturday. At this point we are still hoping to have the meet because unfortunately we are having some challenges," one of the meet's organisers, Olive McNaughton, said. "Because of the critical nature of this meet, we are still calling on the stakeholders, sponsors and everybody to come on board to ensure that we have the meet."

The meet is being used by local athletes to qualify for the World Indoor Championships in March.

Olympic sprint-double champion Elaine Thompson is down to compete in the 60m. Her training partner Christania Williams will line up beside her along with quarter-miler Shericka Jackson.

Former world record holder, Asafa Powell, is entered to compete in the men's equivalent, along with 2014 Commonwealth Games 200m gold medallist, Rasheed Dwyer.




Sherone Simpson will make her return to the track after giving birth to her first child as she is set to lead the way in the women's 200m. The field includes quarter-milers, Tifanny James, Stephenie Ann McPherson, Melaine Walker, Sasha Lee Forbes, Natasha Morrison and 400m hurdler Ristananna Tracy.

The male equivalent should be equally exciting with Zharnel Hughes, Warren Weir, Michael Ohara, Rusheen McDonald, and Jevere Bell among the names down to compete.

Kaliese Spencer and her training partner, Christine Day, will also be opening up their seasons in the 400m.

Ronald Levy and Deuce Carter are the main headliners in the 60m hurdles.