Sunday 21 July, 2019

Jahnoy Thompson on course to win National 200m title at Jamaica Trials

Jahnoy Thompson (centre) of Louisiana State University wins semi-final two of the men's 200 metres at the National Junior and Senior Championships, at the National Stadium on Saturday night. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Jahnoy Thompson (centre) of Louisiana State University wins semi-final two of the men's 200 metres at the National Junior and Senior Championships, at the National Stadium on Saturday night. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Jahnoy Thompson of Louisiana State University is the fastest qualifier going into the final of the men's 200 metres at the National Junior and Senior Championships, at the National Stadium.

Thompson powered home in a new personal best of 20.29 seconds to win the second and final heat of the semi-finals on Saturday night, the third and penultimate day of action.

Nigel Ellis, the 2016 World Junior Championships bronze medal winner of Elite Performance,  was well beaten into second place in 20.51 seconds, while 100-metre champion Tyquendo Tracey stayed on course to win the sprint double by  finishing third in 20.64.

Romario Williams of GC Foster College who finished fourth in that semi-final also qualified for the final. His time of 20.70 was good enough to give him a spot as one of the two fastest losers.

Also advancing was Rasheed Dwyer of Sprintec. Dwyer, the 2015 Pan American Games silver medallist, won the first semi-final heat in 20.59 seconds, well ahead of Renard Howell (20.77) of Louisiana State University.

Oshane Bailey of Sprintec finished third in 20.83 seconds to pick up the other automatic qualifying spot from that semi-final, while Vykn Performance's Daniel Jamieson (20.99) secured the final spot.

The men's 200-metre final is set to start at 6:45 pm. The women's equivalent is a straight final and will run off at 6:35 pm.

National Trials at Stadium

Demish Gaye of Sprintec is the fastest qualifier going into the men's 400-metre final on Sunday.

Gaye, who defended his title at the Jamaica International Invitational meet on May 19 with a 45.08-second clocking, won heat one of the semi-finals in 45.52 to easily beat Fitzroy Dunkley (45.94) and Jermaine Gayle (46.82) of Akan Track Club, whose time wasn't good enough to get him into the final.

Dunkley's 45.94 clocking is the second fastest qualifying time going into the final.

Calabar High schoolboy Christopher Taylor, who opted to compete with the seniors, clocked the third fastest qualifying time of 46.24 seconds to easily beat MVP Track Club's Rusheen McDonald, who came home in 46.83.

Also through to the final is  Javon Francis, who crossed the line grimacing in pain. He fell to the track and was stretchered off. The Akan Track Club quarter-miler won heat two in 46.56, the fourth fastest qualifying time but is a doubt for the final.

MVP Track Club's Stephenie Ann McPherson is on course to retain her title with the fastest qualifying time going into the women's 400-metre final.

McPherson clocked 51.20 seconds to win semi-final two, ahead of Junelle Bromfield (52.30) of University of Technology and Kaliese Spencer (52.40) of Elite Performance, whose time handed her one of the two fastest losers spot.

Anastasia Le-Roy of Sprintec is the second fastest qualifier. She won heat one in 52.04, beating Tiffany James (52.23) of Cameron Blazers and Alesha Kelly (52.51) of Ravens TC, who got in as one of the fastest losers.

Christine Day of Elite Performance won heat three in 52.05, well ahead of Derriann Hill, who clocked 52.84.

Meanwhile, Ramone Bailey of Eagles Track Club retained his national title with his final effort in the men's long jump final.

Bailey, who entered his final jump in third place behind Tajay Gayle of University of Technology and Kingston College schoolboy Wayne Pinnock, produced a big jump of 8.10 metres to snatch victory for the second straight year.

Gayle was relegated to second with a best effort of 8.08, while Pinnock held on to third with 7.96 metres.

World leader Fedrick Dacres of University of the West Indies outclassed his rivals to retain his national discus title with a throw of 65.13 metres. Basil Bingham (58.47m) and Glenford Watson (57.60) of GC Foster College finished second and third.

Kimar Farquharson of Calabar High and Shaquena Foote of Petersfield achieved new personal best times in winning national junior 800-metre titles.

Farquharson clocked 1:49.66 to easily win the Boy's Under-20 800-metre. Tarees Rhoden (1:50.93) of Kingston College and Tyrice Taylor (1:51.23) of Bog Walk High finished second and third.

Foote proved a cut above her two rivals in the Girls' Under-20 800-metre final, crossing the line in 2:05.79. Holmwood Technical's Chrissani May clocked 2:08.44 for second and Edwin Allen's Kara Grant came home third in 2:13.88.

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.

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. 

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