Kanika Beckles/File Photo

Kanika Beckles/File Photo

by Michael Bascombe

MONACO, January 9, 2013 – Two Grenadian athletes completed the 2012 Outdoor season ranked inside the top 50 in their respective events, according to the IAAF.

World and Olympic 400m champion Kirani James and 2012 NCAA Decathlon champion Kurt Felix ended the year among the top flights, with another three athletes topping the 100 lists.

James secured the top spot over the one-lap event after his historic victory at the London Olympic Games on August 6 in a season’s best 43.94. The time, his personal best and lowered Grenada’s national record, puts him ninth overall on the 400m All Time Best list.

The top eight are all Americans and headed by world record holder Michael Johnson (43.18); Harry Reynolds (43.29); Jeremy Wariner (43.45); Quincy Watts (43.50); LaShawn Merritt (45.75); Danny Everett (43.81); Lee Evan (43.86); and Steve Lewis (43.87).

Two other Grenadians are also on the All Time Best among quarter-milers. Two-time World Indoor 400m champion Alleyne Francique’s personal best of 44.47 in Osaka, Japan on May 8, 2004 placed him 55th while Rondell Bartholomew is listed at 100 with his 2011 personal best of 44.65.

Felix’ 8,062 points he amassed when he secured the NCAA Decathlon title in Des Moines, Iowa on June 7 is ranked at number 30 for 2012.

Also rounding up the top 100 are Kanika Beckles (68th) in the women’s 400m (51.72); Neisha Smith (72nd) in the women’s 800m (2:00.68) and Janelle Redhead (92nd) in the women’s 200m (23.08).

Grenadian athletes also featured in the 2012 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Outdoor Rankings.

James topped the men’s 400m field with his personal best of 43.94 which is also a CAC record. Felix is the dominant field athlete from Grenada with rankings of second in the Decathlon (8,062), 15th in the Long Jump (7.74m), 16th in the Javelin (69.89m), 22nd in the High Jump (2.11m) and 28th in the Pole Vault (4.60m). Lindon Toussaint, the brother of Felix, is third in the Junior Decathlon with 6,455 points.

Also in the Men’s rankings are Daryl Baptiste (Long Jump); Randy Lewis (Triple Jump); Emron Gibbs, Toussaint, Anderson Peters and Mikel Joseph (Javelin).

Five women are also in the CAC rankings including Patricia Sylvester (Long and Triple Jumps); Colleen Felix (Triple Jump); Janelle Redhead (100,200m); Kanika Beckles (400m) and Neisha Smith (800m).

CAC Outdoor Ranking 2012

Men Field Events:
High Jump
Place     Mark     Athlete                                 Place                                     Date      Event
22           2.11        Kurt Felix                         Air Force, CO                      May 9    MWX
Pole Vault
28           4.60NR  Kurt Felix                         Des Moines, IA,                  Jun 7     NCAA Champs
Long Jump
15           7.74        Kurt Felix                          Austin, TX,                         Mar 29 TexasRelays
42           7.46        Daryl Baptiste                   Jacksonville, FL                May 24 NCAAPR
Triple Jump
12           16.43     Randy Lewis                      Wesel, Germany              May 28 NATSPRING
Shot Put (6.0kgs) (+13.00)
17           14.36     Lindon Toussaint              San Salvador, ESA            Jun 12 CACJ
Discus (1.75kgs) (+40.00)
9              51.15     Lindon Toussaint             Devonshire, BER               April 9, Carifta
Javelin (800grs)(+61.00)
16           69.89     Kurt Felix                          Austin, TX                         Mar 30 TexasRelays
25           66.45     Emron Gibbs                     Basseterre, SKN               Jun 10 OECS
51           61.31     Lindon Toussaint               San Salvador, ESA            Jul 1 CACJ
4              63.79     Anderson Peters              San Salvador, ESA            Jul 1 CACJ
10           59.72     Mikel Joseph                     San Salvador, ESA            Jul 1 CACJ
2              8062NR Kurt Felix                         Des Moines, IA                 Jun 7-8 NCAA Champs
Junior (Shot Put 6.0kg/Hurdle 0.99m/Discus 1.75kg)(+4000pts)
3              6455       Lindon Toussaint              San Salvador, ESA           Jun 30-Jul 1 CACJ

Men Track Events:
1              43.94NRCAC Kirani James            London, UK                        Aug 6 Olympics
37           3:08.85  Team Grenada                  Philadelphia, PA                April 28 Penn

Women Field Events:
Long Jump
3              6:60        Patricia Sylvester             Toronto, CAN                    May 22 TTSSeries
Triple Jump
14           13.41     Patricia Sylvester              Calgary, CAN                      Jun 30 Natchamps
20           13.13     Colleen Felix                      Athens, GA                         Mar 23 GeorgiaRel

Women Track Events:
48           11.55     Janelle Redhead               POS, TRI                              Jun 23 Natchamps
19           23.08     Janelle Redhead               London, UK                        Aug 6 Olympics
13           51.72     Kanika Beckles                  Manhattan, KS                  May 12 Big 12
5              2:00.68  Neisha Smith                   London, UK                       Aug 9 Olympics
20           44.72NR                                            POS, TRI                           Jun 24 Nat Champs
25           44.95                                                  Basseterre, SKN                Jun 10 OECS


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