Jamaica’s defending Olympics double sprint gold medallist Elaine Thompson-Herah and rising star Briana Williams will headline Saturday’s women’s 100 and 200m events at Saturday’s North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association New Life Invitational, a World Athletics Continental Tour-Silver at Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Florida.
The Jamaican pair will be among many of the compatriots expected to compete at the meet which could witness athletes from as many as 27 countries in the region.
World Champion Yohan Blake and improving discus thrower Fedrick Dacres are also down to compete and they fine-tune their readiness for the Jamaican National Championships slated for late June inside Kingston’s National Stadium.
It is also expected that a Jamaican men’s 4x100m relay team will compete, as they have not yet secured a place at the Olympics.
Thompson-Herah has dished out a 10.78secs over 100m this term, while Williams smashed her personal best twice in as many days last week, recording 11.01 before lowering it to 10.98 seconds. Her coach Ato Boldon expects her to go even faster if she executes the event more efficiently.
Other expected to feature in the event are Natasha Morrison, who has a personal best of 10.87 seconds, Jonielle Smith, Ashanti Moore and Shockoria Wallace, as well as American Tianna Bartolette, Bahamian Tynia Gaither.
In the 200m, Thompson-Herah and Williams