When you are Andre De Grasse, a triple Olympic medalist in the sprints at the Rio Games last summer, you suddenly are a target for other sprinters to challenge.
That is exactly what will happen on June 28th when Canada’s outstanding athlete in 2016, steps on the lightening fast, Mondo track in Percy Perry Stadium at the 34th Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic. When the sprint challengers from Cote D’Ivoire, Africa, the Bahamas in the Caribbean, Jamaica and Canada take their blocks beside Andre, they will do their best to be first to the finish line’s electronic beam.
Olympian, Wilfred Koffi, from Cote D’Ivoire is the African champion in the 100m and 200m and the World Universiade gold medalist in the 200m. He has been busy both on and off the track, working on his PhD in finances in Beijing while preparing for international competition.
Shavez Hart from Abaco, Bahamas is graduate of Texas A&M and a 2016 Olympian.
He has a World Indoor Championship silver Medal from Portland in 2016. He holds the record in the Bahamian 4x100m relay with his teammates.
Jerome Blake, from Jamaica who lives in the Kelowna, is hoping for his Canadian citizenship this year. He won the BC High School Championships in 2014 and is making his marks under the guidance of coach, Pat Simma-Ledding for the Okanagan Athletics Club. Jerome was hampered in 2016 with a leg injury. He won an early season victory in Kamloops last month.
Koffi, Hart and Blake will join a strong field at the Jerome Track Classic which includes, Andre De Grasse, Melissa Bishop, Sasha Gollish, Damian Warner, Liz Gleadle, Shai-Anne Davis and Ella Nelson.
It is possible that all tickets will be sold before the day of the meet.
Richard K. Miller, Chair of Marketing for the Achilles Track and Field Society
reports that advance sales leave about only 600 tickets of the 3000 available.
Anyone who wishes to attend should go online at www.harryjerome.com now
to purchase the few remaining. Remember, seats are on a first come first serve basis.
Get there early to obtain a seat as general admission does not guarantee a seat.