Noah Lyles, Jasmine Camacho Quinn, Steven Gardiner and André De Grasse will headline the USATF Bermuda Grand Prix in Devonshire, the fifth leg of the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold.
Men’s 100 metres:
Double 200 metres world champion Noah Lyles drops down in distance to run the 100 metres against former 100 metres world champion Christian Coleman and Olympic 200 metres champion André De Grasse and his younger brother Josephus Lyles.
Lyles won his second consecutive world title in the 200 metres breaking Michael Johnson’s world record with 19.31 in Eugene. The Us sprinter moved to third in the world all-time list behind Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake. Lyles crowned a successful 2022 season with his fourth Diamond League title in Zurich breaking Bolt’s meeting record with 19.52.
Lyles has run 100 metres three times so far this year and dipped under the 10 seconds each time. He clocked a legal 9.95 in the 100m in Gainesville, two wind-assisted times of 9.99 and 9.92 in Clermont and 14.56 in the 150 metres at the Adidas Atlanta City Games.
Coleman won two world titles in Doha 2019 in the 100m with 9.76 and the 4x100 relay with 37.10. He will run his first 100 metres race of the season after winning two 200 metres competitions in Miramar in 20.00 and Waco in 20.11. Last winter he clocked 6.47 in the 60 metres indoors at the Millrose Games in New York.
De Grasse won six Olympic medals and four world medals. The Canadian sprinter triumphed in the 200 metres Olympic final in Tokyo 2021 in a national record of 19.62 and improved his PB to 9.89 to win the Olympic bronze medal in the 100m. The Canadian sprinter has not broken the 10 seconds since September 2021 due to injury problems. He set his seasonal best times clocking 10.21 in the 100m in Gainesville and 20.35 in the 200m at the Diamond League meeting in Doha.
Josephus Lyles finished fifth in the 200m US Championships final in his PB of 19.93.
Men’s 200 metres:
De Grasse will double up in the 200 metres against Terrance Laird and Elijah Morrow. Laird won the 100 metres and in the 4x100 relay and finished second in the 200 metres in 19.94 at the NCAA Championships in 2021. He set a PB of 19.81 in the 200 metres in Austin in 2021.
Morrow improved his PB to 20.15 in the 200 metres in Waco and a wind-assisted 9.97 in the 100m in Houston in 2023.
Women’s 100 metres hurdles:
Olympic 100m hurdles champion Jasmine Camacho Quinn will be seeking her second consecutive win at the Bermuda Grand Prix meeting after clocking 12.67 into a headwind of -2.5 m/s. The Puerto Rican hurdler won the Olympic gold medal in 12.37 after setting the Olympic record of 12.26 in the semifinal and the world bronze medal in Eugene in a wind-assisted 12.23. She started her 2023 season with the eighth win of her career in a Diamond League race in Doha in 12.48 and a wind-assisted 12.29 in Jacksonville.
Camacho Quinn will face 2015 world champion Danielle Williams and Olympic bronze medallist Megan Tapper from Jamaica, who share the same seasonal best of 12.74, and Tonea Marshall, who finished fourth at the US Championships in Eugene in 12.55 last year and clocked 12.61 at the Drake Relays in Des Moines last month.
Men’s 400 metres:
Steven Gardiner from the Bahamans will run his first 400 metres race of the season. Gardiner won the world title in Doha 2019 in 43.48 and the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo in 43.85. He has remained unbeaten since 2017 over this distance, although he was sidelined by injury problems for most of the 2022 season. The Bahamian athlete has recently returned to his best form clocking 20.14 in the 200 metres in Devonshire and 31.59 in the 300 metres at the Carolina Spring Break Classic.
Gardiner will line up against Olympic 4x400 relay gold medallist Trevor Stewart and Will London, who won the world gold medal in the 4x400 relay in Doha 2019 and clocked a PB of 44.47 in Sacramento in 2017.
Women’s 200 metres:
Abby Steiner is the top name in the women’s 200 metres. Steiner won the NCAA indoor titles in the 200 both indoors (22.16) and outdoors (21.80) and the US outdoor title in 21.77 last year. Steiner placed fifth in the 200m in 22.26 and won two gold medals in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays at the World Championships in Eugene on her debut at this event. This year the former soccer player from Columbus (Ohio) won her first two 200 metres races of the season in Miramar in 22.23 and Waco in 22.30.
Steiner will face Anthonique Strachan from the Bahamas, who won two world under 20 titles in the 100 and 200 metres in Barcelona 2012 and set a PB of 10.98 in the 100m at the World Championships in Eugene.
Men’s 110 metres hurdles:
Freddie Crittenden will go head-to-head against 2021 NCAA champion.Robert Dunning in the 110 metres hurdles. Crittenden won the NACAC Championships in Freeport improving his PB to 13.00 and the US Indoor Championships in the 60 metres hurdles in 7.49 in Albuquerque last March. Dunning clocked 13.09 at the Adidas Atlanta City Games earlier this month.
Women’s long jump:
US Tara Davis Woodhall will take on her compatriot Quanesha Burks. Davis Woodhall won the most recent head-to-head competition with a wind-assisted 7.05m at the LSU Invitational in Baton Rouge on 29 April beating Burks, who jumped a legal 6.95m. Davis Woodhall, who won the NCAA Indoor and outdoor titles in 2021, jumped 7.07m with a legal win of 1.9 m/s at the Arkansas Twilight in Fayetteville on 5 May.
Burks placed fourth at the World Championships in Eugene with 6.88m last year.
Women’s 400 metres:
Former 400 metres hurdles world record holder Dalilah Muhammad will run the women’s 400 metres flat distance. Muhammad won three Olympic medals.(gold in Rio de Janeiro in the 400 metres hurdles in 53.13 and in the 4x400 relay in 3:16.85 and silver in the 400 metres hurdles in Tokyo 2021 setting the second fastest time in history), the world title in a former world record of 52.16 in Doha 2019 and the world bronze medal in Eugene 2022 in 53.13.
Muhammad will face Jamaican 400m specialists Candice McLeod, who finished fifth in the Olympic 400m final in 49.87, and Charokee Young, world silver with the 4x400 relay in Eugene 2022.
Women’s 100 metres:
Mikiah Brisco will face German sprinter Gina Luckenkemper, Tamari Davis and world indoor bronze medallist Marybeth Sant Price in the women’s 100 metres. Brisco won the silver medal at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade 2022 In the 60 metres in her PB of 6.99 and two US indoor titles in 2020 in 7.04 and in 2022 in 7.07.
Luckenkemper won two European gold medals in the 100 metres in 10.99 and in the 4x100 relay in 42.34 at the European Championships in Munich and the world bronze medal in the 4x100 relay in 42.03.
Davis clocked 10.89 at the LSU Alumni Gold meeting in Baton Rouge this year and set a PB of 10.83 in Memphis in 2022.
Men’s triple jump:
Christian Taylor will face his former collegiate rival Will Claye in the men’s triple jump. Taylor won two Olympic gold medals in London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016 and four world titles in Daegu 2011, Beijing 2015, London 2017 and Doha 2019. He is ranked second in the world all-time list with his PB of 18.21m at the World Championships in Beijing. He returned from a serious Achilles tendon injury last year and finished 11th in the World Championships in Eugene. He jumped 16.89m in Gainesville on his seasonal debut setting his best performance since 2020. Claye beat Taylor by just one cm in this competition and leapt to a wind-assisted 17.13m in Jacksonville two weeks later.
Claye won the silver medal in the triple jump behind Taylor and the bronze medal in the long jump on his Olympic debut in London 2012. Four years later Claye finished second to Taylor at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016. Claye won two world bronze medals in Daegu 2011 and Moscow 2013 and two silver medals in London 2017 and Doha 2019 behind Taylor.
Taylor and Claye are ranked second and third in the world all-time with 18.21m and 18.14m. Taylor leads Claye 27-21 in their head-to-head clashes.
Men’s long jump:
Steffin McCarter and Jarrion Lawson are the top names in the men’s long jump. McCarter finished fifth at the World Championships in Eugene 2022 with 8.04m and won his first Diamond League competition in Brussels in 2021. Lawson placed fourth at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016 with 8.25m and won the world silver medal in London 2017 with 8.44m. Lawson, who won three NCAA titles in the 100m, 200m and the long jump in 2016, finished fourth at the World Indoor Championships with 8.19m in Belgrade 2019.