USATF Bermuda Games to Start 2022 World Athletics Continental Tour Gold Series

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — Eight Olympic medalists from last summer’s Tokyo Games mark the field for the 2022 USATF Bermuda Games. The meet will take place on April 9 at Flora Duffy Stadium in Devonshire, Bermuda, and will be the first stop in the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold Series of 2022.

Two medalists and three of the top four finishers in the men’s 200 meters in Tokyo will drop back to the 100 meters where they will compete against some of the world’s top dash specialists. Kenny Bednarek and Noah Lyles took silver and bronze at the Olympics in the 200m and Erriyon Knighton was fourth. That trio will compete against Marvin Bracy, the bronze medalist in the 60 m at the recent World Indoor Championships, along with Jamaica’s Yohan Blake, the third fastest 100 m man in history with a PR of 9.69. Add Ronnie Bakera 9.83 performer who finished fifth in the 100m in Tokyo, and this event takes on even more significance in the world rankings.

With a dominant performance at the World Indoor Championships, where he won gold and equaled his own world record in the 60m hurdles, silver medalist in Tokyo Grant Holloway will open his outdoor campaign in the 110m hurdles against Damion Thomas, Jamaica’s Olympic semifinalist, the 2021 NCAA indoor champion in the 60H for LSU.

Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas, who was Olympic champion in the 400m last summer, will compete in the men’s 200m with a lifetime best time of 19.75 and will face Jereem Richards of Trinidad, the world 400m indoor champion, as well as Canadian Aaron Brown who finished sixth in Tokyo and has dived under 20 seconds with a PR of 19.95.

Grenada’s Kirani James has won the men’s 400m medals from the last three Olympics, including gold in 2012, and took bronze last summer. He leads the field in a one-lap field that includes Trinidad’s Machel Cedenio, who finished fourth in the 2016 Olympics and 2018 U.S. Champion Kahmari Montgomerywho has a lifetime best of 44.23. Noah Williams has a lifetime best of 44.30 and won the NCAA indoor 400m for LSU last year.

Olympic 200m bronze medalist Gabby Thomas and Tokyo 100m Olympian Teahna Daniels are the top American participants in the women’s 100 meters. Daniels ran a personal best of 10.83 last summer, while Thomas clocked 11.00 in the Olympic Trials heats and narrowly missed a berth in the 100 meters with a fourth-place finish in the final. Javianne Oliver won the Trials and was a semifinalist in Tokyo. She was a sub-11 performer in 2021, just like Tamara ClarkTeeTee Terry and Kayla White. Morolake Akinosun was a semifinalist of the World Cup in 2019.

Talented across the sprint spectrum, Jamaica’s 100m bronze medalist from Tokyo, Shericka Jackson, will return to the 400m to take it on Wadeline Jonathas, the 2019 World Championships fourth place for Team USATF. Jonathas set her best ever in that race at 49.60, just behind Jackson’s 49.47 bronze medal. Candice McLeod from Jamaica was fifth in Tokyo and has run 49.51, while Lynna Irby was the 2018 NCAA 400m champion for Georgia with a lifetime best of 49.80.

World Indoor Champion and Former American Record Holder Ajee’ Wilson walked away with gold in the 800 meters in Belgrade last month and has the fastest personal best in the field here with 1:55.61. Jamaican Chrisann Gordon-Powell has a speed of 50.13 400m to go with a silver medal in the 2016 Rio 4x400m relay and has steadily improved after a longer distance, clocking in at 2:02.04 last weekend. Charlene Lipsey and the British Ellie Baker are also sub-2:00 performers.

2022 World Indoor Athletics Championships 60m Hurdles Bronze Medalist Gabbi Cunningham and Puerto Rican Olympic gold medalist Jasmine Camacho-Quinn will take on the 100m hurdles. Camacho-Quinn broke the Puerto Rican record in the event with a 12.26 in Tokyo. Cunningham ran the best 12.53 in the Olympic Trials for a lifetime. The pair are joined by the 2019 NCAA runner-up Chanel Brissettwho clocked a 12.52 in the 100H, and Trials runner-up Christina Clemonsa 12.51 performer.

Camacho-Quinn will also run the 200m, where she comes in handy with her 22.27 lifetime best against Jodie Williams, the Briton who took sixth place in the 400m in Tokyo with 49.97 and a 200m best of 22.46. Bahamas’ Anthonique Strachan plunged under 11 seconds in the 100 meters last month with a 10.99 and has a best time of 22.32 in a half lap, while Jamaican Briana Williams took gold in her country’s 4×100 meters in Tokyo and in 2018 world champion U20 was on the 200 meters. †

Jamaica’s Janieve Russell finished fourth in Tokyo in the best women’s 400m hurdle race ever with a record time of 53.08. She is the fastest contestant, but Ashley Spencer was the Olympic bronze medalist in 2016 and has a best of 53.11. Those two will face Canadian Sage Watson, a semifinalist at the Games, and the bronze medalist of the 2015 World Championships. Cassandra Tate

In the 1,500 m men, Brahim Kaazouzi from Morocco has the fastest personal best of 3:31.62. 19-year-old Kenyan Kamar Etyang clocked 3:33.02 last year and Germany’s Amos Bartlesmeyer ran in the heats in Tokyo and set a personal best of 3:35.24. Qatar’s Hamza Driouch, the 2012 U20 World Champion, has a lifetime best time of 3:33.69, but that was 10 years ago. Eric Holt is the fastest American with a best of 3:36.62.

Britain’s Abigail Irozuru placed 11th in Tokyo and will lead four other Olympians in the women’s long jump in 2021. Quanesha Burks finished fifth at the recent World Indoor Championships and third at the Trials last summer. Sha’Keela Saunders finished sixth at the Trials and ninth at the 2019 World Championships in Doha. heptathlon Erica Bougard placed ninth in the multi-event in Tokyo and won the US indoor long jump title in 2017.

Other action in the field event includes Jamaica’s Shanieka Ricketts, who finished fourth in the Olympic women’s triple jump, against Dominica’s Thea LaFond, who placed fourth at the World Indoor Championships last month. The women’s high jump has Olympian 2021 Rachel McCoy Record Olympic Veteran Inika McPhersonwhile the triple jump for men will be two-time American Olympian Chris Benard against local favorite Jah-Nhai Perinchief of Bermuda, who finished fifth at the World Indoor Championships last month after finishing second at the 2021 NCAA Championships for Tennessee.

The 2022 USATF Bermuda Games will be broadcast live from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM ET on NBC and tickets are available here.

Fans can view a full schedule of events here and live results can be found here.

USATF’s comprehensive 2022 event calendar is all part of the Journey to Gold Tour, a robust indoor and outdoor tour that showcases its athletes, brand, sport and culture worldwide. The Journey to Gold Tour also serves as the strategic roadmap to drive competitive excellence and increase engagement ahead of the 2024 and 2028 Olympics.

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