Natoya Goule-Toppin was impressive on Saturday’s (26 June) penultimate of the 2021 Jamaica Olympic Trials. Goule-Toppin’s mark – 1:57.84 is a meet record.
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Goule-Toppin, Doha 2019 World Championships finalist, separated herself from the pack after the first lap. She stretched her lead on the backstretch and, with the help of the small crowd, raced home to finish about 50 metres clear.
She was winning her eight straight national title.
The second best Jamaican, Kayla Johnson, finished third overall in 2:02.63.
Shafiqua Maloney, second across the line in 2:02.23, got a new St Vincent of the Grenadines record.
The men’s 800m went to Edwin Allen schoolboy Chevonne Hall, who led from the start, was challenged in the homestretch, but had enough to take him home in 1:48.73.
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Shanieka Ricketts, Doha 2019 silver medallist, hop, skip, jump 14.46m for her third straight national triple jump title. Ricketts got out to 14.45m on her final attempt.
Kimberly Williams produced 14.19 metres to finish as the second-best at the end of the six rounds.
Fedrick Dacres, the Doha 2019 World silver medallist, won the men’s discus throw final with 64.31m. He beat Kai Chang, 62.50m.
Danniel Thomas-Dodd threw 19.17m to take the top spot in the women’s shot put.
Lamara Distin cleared 1.90m for her first national title. However, she failed at the national record attempt of 1.94m and unable to make the Tokyo Olympic Games 1.96m standard.
Stephenie-Ann McPherson leads the 400m finalists. McPherson, drawn in lane 5, came off the final curve easy and bounced down the homestretch to take semi-final 3 in 50.18.
Stacey-Ann Williams, winner of semi-final 1 in 50.84 and Roneisha McGregor, 50.97, were the other sub-51 sec qualifiers.
Charokee Young, second in semi-final 3, is also into the final with her 51.04.
Chrisann Gordon-Powell made a surprise exit after her 51.91 performance in semi-final 2.
Christopher Taylor, 45.31 and Sean Bailey, 45.42, winners of semi-final 1 and 2, and Karayme Bartley, 45.40, are the top 400m qualifiers. Demish Gaye was the only other qualifier with 45.82.
Nathon Allen, who also booked his ticket in the final with 46.17, is one of three Jamaicans qualified for the Olympic Games. Gaye and Akeem Bloomfield, who is not at the trials, are the other athletes below the 44.90 mark.
Ashanti Moore was the only other qualifier under 23 seconds with 22.86.
Julian Forte, 20.22sec, the Olympic Games qualifying mark, looked good going into Sunday’s (27 June) final. Yohan Blake, the second-fastest man in his event with 19.26, easily won his heat in 20.29.
Rasheed Dwyer is the third fastest with 20.30.