Greene Stands Alone As Country’s Only World Champs Qualifier

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By Neto Baptiste

Senior national sprinter, Cejhae Greene, will be Antigua and Barbuda’s lone representative at this year’s World Championships in Athletics slated for 27th September to 6th October in Doha, Qatar.

This was confirmed by President of the Antigua and Barbuda Athletics Association (ABAA), Everton Cornelius, who said that efforts to get high-jumper Priscilla Frederick accepted as a wildcard entry proved futile.

Greene ran a season best of 9.94 seconds at a meet in Europe back in June this year and had previously clocked 10:07 seconds in the finals of the same meet. The qualifying standard was 10:10 seconds. The Antiguan is one of only 48 athletes in the world chosen to run the 100 meters at this year’s event.

Greene recently won bronze in the 100 meters at the Pan American Games held in Lima, Peru. He clocked 10.23 seconds to be one of three athletes to medal at the Games. Boxer, Alston Ryan who won bronze and Frederick who captured silver, were the other medalists.

The former Princess Margaret School (PMS) student is currently based in the USA but competes extensively in Europe.

Frederick, following news that her bit for a universality spot had been denied, hinted she could retire at the end of the year.

National coach, Teddy Daley, has been named coach for the World Championships and will travel to Doha with Greene.

Meanwhile, former national athlete, Rai Benjamin, recently won the Toyota USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships men’s 400-meter hurdles title, qualifying to represent the USA at the IAAF Championships. Benjamin clocked 47.23 seconds.

Also, another former national sprinter, Miguel Francis, has been named as part of Great Britain’s team to the World Championships.

Francis will contest the 200 meters.  

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