Barbados’ sprint hurdler, Shane Brathwaite, will not participate in the upcoming World Athletics Championships due to minor injuries and lack of readiness, sources say. Read more: The 2023 Ed Murphey Classic latest track and field results (Aug 4)
Brathwaite, who secured the sixth position in the men’s 110m hurdles at the world championships in both 2017 and 2019, hasn’t been at his peak this season. His best time for 2023 stands at 13.58 seconds, placing him outside the top 100 for the year.
The 33-year-old was expected to compete against renowned sprint hurdlers like the USA’s two-time world champion Grant Holloway, Jamaica’s top performer Rasheed Broadbell, and his fellow Jamaican and Olympic champion Hansle Parchment in Budapest.
With Brathwaite’s absence, Barbados’ representation in Hungary narrows down. Only world 400m bronze medalist Sada Williams, Jonathan Jones, and DeSean Boyce will now represent the Caribbean nation at the world track and field championships from 19-27 August.
In his athletic journey thus far on the international circuit, Brathwaite clinched a gold at the Pan American Games in 2019 and secured a silver medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Australia. He also boasts titles from the CAC Championships and CAC Games.