Friday 5 June, 2020

Elaine Thompson, Tyquendo Tracey win National 100m titles

Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson following her victory over Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the women's 100-metre final on the second day of the four-day National Junior and Senior Championships at the National Stadium on Friday night.

Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson following her victory over Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in the women's 100-metre final on the second day of the four-day National Junior and Senior Championships at the National Stadium on Friday night.

Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson and  Tyquendo Tracey were crowned national champions in the women and men's 100 metres at the four-day JAAA/SVL National Junior and Senior Championships at the National Stadium, on Friday night.

Thompson surged ahead of her MVP Track Club teammate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the two-time Olympic champion,  close home to snatch the women's title.

Thompson, competing for the first time since an easy victory  at the Jamaica International Invitational Meeting on May 19, clocked 11.01 seconds to relegate Fraser-Pryce, who was very lucky to be in the final after surviving a big false start earlier in the semi-finals.

Fraser-Pryce, who took a year off from the track to give birth last August, clocked a season-best 11.09 second, while Shericka Jackson finished third in 11.13 to complete a MVP sweep of the top three places. Jonielle Smith of Auburn University finished fourth in 11.15, while 16-year-old fast-rising star, USA-based Briana Williams clocked 11.21 for fifth.

Tracey of MVP Track Club stormed home to take the men's title, in the absence of Yohan Blake, to win his first national title. Tracey came home in a personal best 10.07. Kenroy Anderson of Racers Track Club finished second in 10.24, while Nesta Carter of MVP Track Club finished third in 10.31.

National Trials showdown

Blake, the 2011 World Championships gold medallist, was earlier disqualified from the semi-finals following a false start. However, Blake was allowed to run under protest and won easily in 10.19 following a drama-filled heat where the starter had to call back the field four times due to false starts.

The four false starts delayed the race for some 20 minutes. Blake was called twice for false starting. On the first occasion the field was giving a warning and then Blake was shown the red card on the other occasion but was allowed to run under protest. 

The fourth false start was registered by Oshane Bailey and he was immediately shown the red card but remained on the field under protest. Bailey, however, was removed from the track by one of the Sprintec coaches.

Meanwhile, Michael Bentley of the University of Technology defeated a very strong field to win the Boys' Under-20 100-metre final in a personal best 10.30. Michael Stephens (10.35) of Calabar High and Kingston College's Jhevaughn Matherson (10.37) finished second and third respectively.

Ockera Myrie of Petersfield High easily won the Girls' Under-20 100-metre final in 11.53, beating Edwin Allen's Fredricka McKenzie (11.72) and Kemba Nelson (11.79).

Edwin Allen's Tia Clayton (11.61) and St Jago's Javari Thomas (personal best 10.63) won the Girls and Boys' Under-18 100-metre finals. 

Earlier, Commonwealth Games champions Janieve Russell of MVP Track Club continued her good season by taking the women's 400-metre hurdles.

Russell, the fifth fastest in the world this season with 53.78 seconds, powered home in 54.18. Leah Nugent, representing Puma, closed well for second place in 54.70, while Ronda Whyte of Sprintec finished third in 54.90.

The men's 400-metre hurdles was won by Annswert Whyte who easily defeated Shawn Rowe, representing Puma, and Kemar Mowatt of University of Arkansas.

Whyte, running out of Lane 8, clocked 48.80 with Rowe crossing the line in 49.04 and Mowatt in 49.16.

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Natoya Goule retained her national title with an easy victory in the women's 800-metre final. Goule came home in a good 1:58.85 to beat Samoya Campbell (season-best 2:00.59) of Juventus Track Club and  Fallon Ferguson of Clemson University (2:03.56).

Jauavney James of St Elizabeth Technical High School took the men's 800-metre title in 1:50.07, beating university student Eric McKenzie (1:50.77) and Ackeem Colley (1:51.72).

Many-time national champion Kemoy Campbell, representing Reebok, won the men's 1500-metre title in 3:51.04 seconds, beating Thaleetio Green (personal best 3:52.29) of University of Technology in a  match race. Only two athletes reported for the race.

On the field, Shadae Lawrence of Kansas State University won the women's discus throw with an effort of 61.44 metres and Tissanna Hickling of GC Foster College took the women's long jump with 6.50 metres.

The senior athletes are competing for spots on Jamaica's team to three international competitions. Those competitions are the inaugural Athletics World Cup in the United Kingdom from July 14-15; the 23rd Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia from July 19-August 3 and the North American, Central American and Caribbean Championships (NACAC)  in Toronto, Canada from August 10-12. 

The junior athletes are competing for spots on Jamaica's teams to the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland from July 19-24 and the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina from October 6-18.

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