St. George’s, Grenada bore witness to its inaugural spectacle that is the Grenada Invitational this past Saturday.
A hand-full of Bahamian athletes made the trip to the Kirani James Athletics Stadium for competition among the world’s best, including Grenadians’ hometown hero Kirani James and LaShawn Merrit.
Grand Bahamian hurdler, Jeffery Gibson, got a taste of the action in the men’s 400-meter hurdles. The former World Championships’ bronze medalist picked up the silver in the time of 49.80 seconds.
Gibson was bested by one second.
The gold went to Grenada’s Quincy Downing, who clocked 48.80 seconds.
Puerto Rico’s Eric Alejandro captured the bronze.
James may have walked away with the gold in the men’s 400m A Final, with a time of 45.44 seconds, but Steven Gardiner was said to have stolen the show in the men’s B Final.
Not only did Gardiner walk away wit the gold, the dynamo registered a world leading and National Record time of 44.26 seconds.
Leevan ‘Superman’ Sands finished fourth in the men’s long jump event.
The 2008 Olympic bronze medalist’s best jump was marked at 7.45m.
Damar Forbes out of Jamaica claimed the gold with a jump of 7.92m, followed by Melvin Echard of the United States, with a mark of 7.86m for the silver and Kurt Felix of Grenada, who took the bronze with a mark of 7.47m.
Tynia Gaither had a strong push in the women’s 200m; however, she walked away with the silver medal with a time of 22.71 seconds.
Felicia Brown of the USA squeaked by to win the gold, with a time of 22.60 seconds.
Jamaican Jura Levy walked away with the bronze in 22.88 seconds.
Ivanique Kemp represented in the women’s 100m hurdles, but came away with a fourth place finish in 13.24 seconds.
The Americans went one and two in the finish. Sharika Nelvis was the gold medal winner with a time of 12.68 seconds, followed by Queen Harris, who clocked 12.81 seconds.
Phylicia George out of Canada took home bronze with a clocked time of 12.85 seconds.
Published Tuesday, April 11, 2017