Supported by the community of Saint-Martin, the 13 edition of the International Meeting of Athletics held all its promises, Saturday 13 May 2017, on the corridor of the Albéric Richards stadium of Sandy Ground.
Mrs. Valérie Damaseau, 1ère Vice-President in charge of Culture, Sport, Youth and Associative Life, opened the festivities with a welcome speech where she encouraged this type of initiative and recalled the measures Which will be launched by its majority in the coming months to promote sport in Saint Martin. The creation of a center of excellence through sport and a "Sport" window, which will be a point of information and support for sports associations, are among the flagship projects of the new mandate.
The association Speedy Plus, organizer of the event, can be satisfied, as the performances of the athletes on the various international events have broken some world records. It is indeed the case for the American Sharika Nelvis who achieved the best world time (12''59) on the 110m hedge feminine. Shahka Nelvis and his compatriots Jasmine Stowers (12''65) and Christiana Mannin (12''72) will be the winners of the tournament.
Among the other performances of the day, the 100m hurdles feminine, on which imposed the American Alexandra Anderson with a time of 11''26, followed by his compatriot Jasmine Todd with a time of 11''49 and of the Italian Gloria Hooper in 11''55.
In men, the hedges 100m was pulled a knife with the victory of Liberian Emmanuel Matadi, who won against the Americans in 10''19 Beejay Lee and Diondre Batson who realize 10''22 and 10''26 respectively . The men's race the long jump was won by the Cuban Juan Echevaria with a jump of 8m19, while in girls is Bianca Stuart of the Bahamas who placed first with a jump of 6m50.
The youth was not outdone since the morning was devoted to the school tests between St. Martin, Sint Maarten and Anguilla, followed by the Juniors in the early afternoon and the senior international events at the end of the day.
The community of Saint-Martin decided this year to dedicate a grant of 100 000 € to this international sporting event, a way to promote the territory through sport and to allow young athletes Saint-Martin and sports lovers to Have access to that quality of play.
The results of all the events of the 13e International Meeting of athletics of Saint-Martin can be consulted on the website of the league of athletics of Guadeloupe: liguegua.athle.com