KINGSTON – Bahamian Shaunae Miller is the latest big name to be confirmed for the Jamaica International Invitational, an IAAF World Challenge Meeting on 7 May, the Jamaica Observer is reporting on Monday (4).
However, the meeting organizers are yet to revealed which event the talented sprinter would be contesting at the National Stadium in Kingston.
Miller, the 2015 IAAF World Championships 400m silver medalist from Beijing, ran the 200m at last year’s Jamaica International Invitational, beating the likes of American Tori Bowie and Jamaican speedster Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on her way to victory.
Should Miller decides to race in the half lap again this season, the 21-year-old, who covered the event with a 22.14 seconds PB last term, could setup a date with either Fraser-Pryce or her training partner, Elaine Thompson, the IAAF World Championships 200m silver medal winner from last year.
Miller has also revealed that her first IAAF Diamond League race will come in Shanghai where she will take on Jamaica’s world 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson in that event.
— Shaunae Miller (@Hey_ItsShaunae) March 31, 2016
Meanwhile, the Jamaica Observer is also reporting that American sprint hurdler Jasmin Stowers has also been booked for the Kingston meet.
Stowers won the women’s 100m hurdles title last year with a very fast 12.39 seconds, which is a meet record while her personal best of 12.35 secs, which was also set last year, is tied for the eighth fastest on the world all-time list.
Elsewhere, it is understood that Canada’s world bronze medallists Andre De Grasse and Asafa Powell of Jamaica, will be racing in the men’s 200m, and not the 100m as was previously reported.
In the meantime, Jamaican Andrew Riley and Americans Jeff Porter and Aleec Harris – all sprint hurdlers, as well as USA sprinter Ryan Bailey, who was second to Asafa Powell in the 100m last campaign, were also among the athletes confirmed over the weekend for this season’s Jamaica International Invitational, according to local media.