Whether it is reggae or soca, the Caribbean can get ready to break out into singing and dancing with five of the eight men in the final of the 400 metres being from the region.
The one-lap event at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, will be run at 2:20 pm local time, with Jamaica being the only country in the field having two representatives in Akeem Bloomfield who will be in lane two, and Demish Gaye in lane three. Lane one will be empty.
Both made the final after finishing third in their respective semi-final heats. Only the first two finishers from each of the three semi-finals heat automatically qualified for the final, but Bloomfield and Gaye got through on fast time to complete the final field of eight.
Great expectations are, however, on Bahamas’ Steven Gardiner, who is expected to be among the front-runners and is numbered in the favourites list for the title. The anticipation has intensified since Gardiner won semi-finals Heat Two on Wednesday with the fastest time going into the final – 44.13 seconds, a season best.
Like Gardiner, Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Cedenio won his semi-final, as he took Heat Three in 44.41 seconds, which is the fifth fastest time going into the final. Gardiner will look to win the race from lane four with Cedenio drawn in lane six.
The Caribbean’s other representative in the final, Kirani James of Grenada, is the most experienced of the lot and can also produce a winning run, as he has won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games as well as the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
He will be in lane seven and enters the final with the second-fastest time of 44.23. He ended second behind Gardiner in Heat Three of the semi-finals.
While the Caribbean is well represented, all will have to watch out for Fred Kerley of the United States of America, who looms dangerously in the background, after winning semi-finals Heat One in 44.25 seconds and will run from lane five.
Antonio Jose Zambrano of Colombia, who ran his fastest time ever, of 44.55 seconds in the semi-finals to place second to Cedenio and Kenya’s Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir with a season-best of 44.37, will complete the field. Zambrano’s time is a national record. The Caribbean will be waiting patiently with Dutch pot covers, with music ready to go, for the starter’s gun.