Kirani James to headline Team Grenada for Rio 2016
The Grenada Olympic Committee (GOC) on Tuesday announced the names of the Grenada delegation for the August 5-21 Games. The team will consist of five athletes and two swimmers, along with their coaches and the Chef-de-Mission, Conrad Francis.
President of the GOC, Royston LaHee and General Secretary Veda Bruno-Victor will attend the Games and meetings of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Pan-American Sports Organisation (PASO) and the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC).
The team will be headlined by Olympic 400 metres champion Kirani James, as well as Bralon Taplin (400m), Decathletes Lindon Victor and Kurt Felix and the lone female athlete, Kanika Beckles (400m).
The team will also include two swimmers – Corey Ollivierre and Oreoluwa Cherebin. Both swimmers will compete in the 100m breaststroke.
The GOC secured wild card ‘Universality Places’ for three athletes – Beckles, Ollivierre and Cherebin after the two quarter-milers and two multi-events competitors achieved the qualifying standards.
James, who remains unbeaten this season, will be defending the 400m title he won in London. Along with Felix and Beckles, they are the only competitors returning from London 2012.
Taplin has had a contrasting but encouraging 2016 campaign and is favoured to make the final eight for the 400m final.
Felix is a seasonal campaigner and should motivate his brother Victor who won the 2016 NCAA Decathlon title.
Beckles has been on the mend following injury and rehabilitation and the young United States-based swimmers are expected to improve on their personal marks.
“The GOC has invested a considerable amount of money in the preparation of the competitors including those who didn’t qualify,” said Bruno-Victor.
“We expect that they will all produce their best effort as they fly the flag of Grenada during the Games.”
The Grenada delegation will begin assembling at the Athletes’ Village in Rio on August 1, with the opening ceremony set for August 5.
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