JAAA selects teams for World U18 and Pan American U20 Championships
World leaders Kevona Davis, Britanny Anderson, De'Jour Russell and Sanique Walker head Jamaica's 24-member team for the IAAF World Under 18 Championships Nairobi 2017 set for July 12-16.
The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) named the team on Tuesday.
A 30-member team along with eight officials was also named for the Pan American Under-20 Championships in Trujillo, Peru from July 21 -23
This year will mark the final edition of the World Under 18 Championships as the IAAF’s focus will shift towards driving regional and continental competitions.
Davis of Edwin Allen starred at the junior trials last month.
After producing a National Youth Record and world-leading 11.24 seconds to win the Girls’ Under-18 100 metres on June 23, Davis closed the double with an eye-popping 22.97 seconds in the 200m, the following day.
The 22.97 represents a new personal best time for Davis and also a World Youth leading time.
Davis is down to contest both the 100m and 200m in Nairobi
Anderson of Vere Technical has the two fastest times in the world in the Under-18 100m hurdles with 13.03 seconds and 13.12 seconds.
She was also in good form at the junior trials by producing a sub 13-second clocking to win the Girls’ Under-18 100m hurdles.
Pushed by a positive 2.3 metres per second win, Anderson clocked 12.94 seconds for the victory, but the time was above the legal reading of 2.0 metres per second.
Daszay Freeman, who also dipped under 13 seconds with 12.98, to finish second behind Anderson is also named in the squad.
Russell of Calabar leads the world in the 110m hurdles and is a strong medal contender after he missed a medal at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships Bydgoszcz 2016.
He recorded a world age-16 best and world Under-20 leading time of 13.20 in the semifinals of the 110m hurdles to earn the favourite’s tag ahead of the final, where the young Jamaican was hoping to make it on to the podium.
Russell finished fourth in the final, just missing out on a medal. Two days later, he anchored Jamaica’s 4x100m team and finished fourth again, this time by less than one hundredth of a second.
Russell is very high on confidence now after he achieved a personal best 13.32 seconds when he finished fourth at last month's Senior Trials.
Walker will compete in the 400m hurdles where she is the junior world leader with 57.27 seconds.
Jamaica has won a total of 50 medals, 19 of them gold, across the previous nine editions of the championships, putting them at fifth on the all-time medals table.
JAMAICAN TEAM FOR IAAF WORLD U18 CHAMPIONSHIPS NAIROBI 2017
100m: Xavier Nairne, Tyreke Wilson
200m: Xavier Nairne
400m: Anthony Cox, Antonio Watson
800m: Kimar Farquharson, Tyrese Reid
110m hurdles: De’Jour Russell, Brighton Senior
400m hurdles: Rovane Williams
Long jump: Wayne Pinnock
Triple jump: Owayne Owens, Safin Wills
Discus: Daniel Cope
100m: Kevona Davis
200m: Kevona Davis
400m: Shaquena Foote
800m: Cemore Donald
100m hurdles: Britany Anderson, Daszay Freeman
400m hurdles: Sanique Walker
High jump: Janique Burgher
Long jump: Annia Ashley
Triple jump: Lotavia Brown
Discus: Kimone Reid
Mixed 4x400m: Anthony Cox, Shaquena Foote, Joanne Reid, Sanique Walker, Antonio Watson, Rovane Williams.
JAMAICAN TEAM FOR PAN AMERICAN U20 CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PERU
George Forbes (Team Manager)
Donald Hawthorne (Head Coach)
Lamar Richards (Coach)
Marlon Gayle (Coach)
Franz Forde (Coach)
Dr. Tahira Redwood (Team Doctor)
Pier-Ann Brown (Physiotherapist)
Sabina Hoilett (Message Therapist)