St. John’s Antigua- National 100 metres record holder Daniel “Bakka” Bailey will participate at the National Track & Field Championships at Yasco tomorrow.
Third vice-president of the Antigua & Barbuda Athletics Association Calvin Greenaway said Bailey was expected to return home from his training-base in Jamaica on Friday and contest the men’s 100 metres race tomorrow.
Greenaway said Bailey, the current national 100 metres record holder with a time of 9.91 seconds, will leave immediately after tomorrow’s race to return to his training base in Jamaica from where he will depart to New York for an IAAF Diamond League race next week.
“We were able to get him here before he goes to New York. He will be coming in today (Friday) to run on Sunday and he will be leaving immediately after to get back to Jamaica to get out to go to New York for his Diamond League race next week. We are pleased that he is able to attend our national meet this year,” Greenaway said.
Bailey, who also took part in the 2010 and last year’s national track meet, ran 10.10 seconds in his only competitive meet this year when he competed at the Jamaica Invitational a few weeks ago.
Bailey is currently preparing for the OECS Games in St Kitts on June 10 as well as this year’s Summer Olympics in London, England.
Other national and regional athletes will be using tomorrow’s event at Yasco to qualify for a number of regional and international meets, including the OECS Games and the 2012 London Olympics.
Tomorrow’s event is slated to commence at 2 pm with an opening ceremony. Adults will pay an entrance fee of $10 while children will pay $5 to witness the event.