DEVONSHIRE, Bermuda — (May 21) – Terrance Laird, the American sprinter, is set to continue his steady return to competitive competition after overcoming a series of injury setbacks since leaving LSU and the collegiate circuit. Laird will be racing in the men’s 200-meter event at the USATF Bermuda Grand Prix on Sunday, where he will face tough competition, including the Olympic champion, Andre De Grasse.
Laird made his highly anticipated outdoor return on May 6 at the inaugural adidas Atlanta City Games. During the event, he participated in a pair of 100m races, impressing his fans with solid performances of 10.16 seconds and 10.11 seconds, respectively.
On Sunday, the former LSU and NCAA standout sprinter will make his season debut in the 200m race. With his sights set on the USA Championships and beyond, Laird is hoping to deliver another strong performance as he continues his preparations.
Reflecting on his fifth-place finish in the 100m at the adidas Atlanta City Games, Laird expressed his excitement about being back and feeling healthy. He shared his goal of pushing himself in the upcoming races and getting ready for the U.S. Trials, aiming to secure a spot on the team for the World Athletics Championships 2023 in Budapest later this summer.
Laird, who holds a personal best time of 19.81 seconds, is no stranger to running fast. Throughout his collegiate career, he also achieved swift sub-20 second times of 19.82 and 19.94 to back up his personal best performance.
The 24-year-old will face tough competition, including the Canadian Tokyo Olympic champion, who currently has a season best of 20.35 seconds. Andre De Grasse, like Laird, has faced setbacks due to injuries and bouts of COVID-19 in the past season.
Additionally, at the USATF Bermuda Grand Prix, Puerto Rico’s 18-year-old Jose Figueroa will be looking to improve on his personal best time of 20.59 seconds, achieved at the NACAC New Life Invitational.
Elijah Morrow of the USA, Joseph Amoah from Ghana, and Emmanuel Matadi from Liberia are also strong contenders vying for podium spots.