The third meet in the “JAAA/SDF Jubilee series” will be staged this Saturday, May 21, at the National Stadium between 5 pm and 7 pm. Spectators will not be charged an entry fee.
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These events are designed to assist senior athletes as they prepare for the JAAA National Championships and other international competitions, including the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, later this year. The Junior athletes will compete between 2 pm and 4 pm.
Saturday’s meet will see athletes contesting the following events for male and female; Long Jump, Discus, Shot Put, Sprint hurdles, 100m, 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles and an invitational 800m.
All the athletes will be ranked based on performances this season. The 100m will only accommodate the top 32 ranked athletes; the 400m will see the top 24, and the top 16 will be in the sprint hurdles. The 400m hurdles will have the top eight based on entry, while the field events will see the top twelve based on entry.
Monetary prizes will be awarded in the 400m hurdles for men and women, the 110m hurdles for men, the 200m for men and women and the Discus for women.
The winner of each of the selected six events will get $90,000.00, second place gets $45,000.00, third takes home $30,000.00, fourth $20,000.00 and fifth $15,000.00. In total, each event will offer $200,000.00 in prizes, with $1.2 million being handed out overall for the day, providing the athletes meet a minimum standard. Only Jamaican athletes will benefit from the funds.
The last meet in the four-event series will be staged on June 4, 2022.
Sponsors include the Sports Development Foundation, Puma and Jacden.
Entries close on Wednesday, May 18, at 9 pm.
More details on the meets, including the registration procedure, can be found on the JAAA website at www.athleticsja.org.
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