Nine-time world championships gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and 2011 100 meters world champion Yohan Blake will lead a stacked field when they contest the finals of the men’s and women’s 200 meters at the Jamaica Trials on Sunday, June 26.
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Fraser-Pryce comfortably booked her spot in the finals of the event after she produced the fastest qualifying time of 22.54. However, her fiercest competitors, double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah (22.68) and Olympic bronze medallist Shericka Jackson (22.85), have proved that the 200 meters will come down to the wire as they qualified equally as comfortable to the finals of the event. Jackson, who has made history by claiming the national title in the 100 meters (2022), 200 meters (2018) and the 400 meters (2019), will set her sights on claiming the double sprint title this year. Fraser-Pryce, Thompson-Herah and Jackson will be joined by Tumbleweed Track Club’s Natalliah Whtye, Ashanti Moore of Adidas, Kevona Davis of the University of Texas, 2017 world championships 200 meters semi-finalist Jodean Williams and Dominique Clarke.
In the men’s 200 meters, Yohan Blake made it clear that he is the man to beat when he recorded the fastest time of the night with a clocking of 20.20. Andrew Hudson of Empire Athletics followed suit with 20.23, while 2014 Commonwealth gold medallist Rasheed Dwyer (20.35) rounded out the top three qualifiers in the event. Blake, Hudson and Dwyer will be joined by Nigel Ellis of MVP Track Club, Titan Track Club’s Jazeel Murphy, former Petersfield High standout Antonio Watson, Mario Heslop and Ricquan Graham of Wolmer’s Boys High.
In addition, Olympic champion Hansle Parchment trotted to 13.24 to win semi-final one of the men’s 110 meters. Meanwhile, 2015 world champion Omar McLoed showed composure throughout semi-final two to win in a time of 13.34. Olympian Orlando Bennett, the fourth fastest Jamaican over the event Rasheed Broadbell, former Calabar High sensation Michael O’Hara, Olympian Damion Thomas and Lafranz Campbell and former Jamaica College sensation Tyler Mason conclude the lineup for the men’s 110 meters hurdles final.
In the women’s 100 meters hurdles, Olympic finalist Britany Anderson (12.45) will lead a stellar field in the finals as she is scheduled to clash against Olympic bronze medallist Megan Tapper (12.60), national record holder Danielle Willams (12.59) and the fastest Jamaican women in the event this year, Demisha Roswell (12.84) of Texas Tech University. The finals of the women’s 100 meters hurdles will also include Shermaine Williams, Crystal Morrison of Legacy Athletics, Rosealee Cooper of Mississippi State University and Trishauna Hemmings of Clemson University.
Additional finals contested on Day 3 of the Jamaica Trials:
Men’s Long Jump- NCAA Division 1 Indoors and Outdoors champion Wayne Pinnock leapt to a personal best jump of 8.14 meters to claim his first national title in the men’s long jump. Pinnock made his winning jump in his first attempt, however, he retired from the competition prematurely. Meanwhile, 2019 world championships, gold medallist Tajay Gayle (7.97) had to settle for second as he succumbed to an injury in his fifth attempt. Shawn-D Thompson of Sprintec Track Club finished third with 7.88 meters.
Women’s Triple Jump- 2019 world championships- Shanieka Ricketts claimed her third national title in the women’s triple jump with a best leap of 14.27 meters. Meanwhile, the 2022 national long jump champion Ackelia Smith of the University of Texas claimed the second-place spot with 13.93 meters, while Olympian Kimerbely Williams, who aborted several jumps, had to rely on her best jump of 13.28 meters to finish third.
Women’s Shot Put- World indoor championship silver medal winner Danniel Thomas-Dodd won the women’s shot put with a throw of 18.79 meters. Lloydricia Cameron, who performed unattached, finished second with 16.96 meters, while former Immaculate Conception High standout Danielle Sloley finished third with 15.98 meters.
Under-20 Boys Discus Throw- Kobe Lawrence of Calabar High powered in his last attempt to a personal best of 62.67m to win the national junior title in the Under-20 Boys Discus Throw. Christopher Young of Edwin Allen finished second with 58.47 meters, while Clarendon College’s Ricardo Hayles rounded out the top three with 55.98 meters.
Under-20 Boys Pole Vault- Demario Allen of Overtake Track Club, cleared a height of 4.10 meters to win the event ahead of the Calabar High pair of Lenworth Chung and Leighton Johnson, who cleared 3.10 meters to share the silver medal spot.
Under-20 Girls High Jump- Brandon Pottinger led the field with a winning jump of 2.10 meters to win the national junior title in the Under-20 Boys high jump. Aaron McKenzie of Kingston College and Jamaica College’s Chavez Penn both secured the silver medal with a joint best jump of 2.05 meters.
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