Sunday 15 September, 2019

JAMAICAN TRIALS: Yohan Blake completes sprint double

Yohan Blake (centre) of Racers Track Club wins the men's 200m at the National Senior Championships at the National Stadium on Sunday. Raheed Dwyer, right, finished second, while Warren Blake, left, got third.

Yohan Blake (centre) of Racers Track Club wins the men's 200m at the National Senior Championships at the National Stadium on Sunday. Raheed Dwyer, right, finished second, while Warren Blake, left, got third.

World 100-metre champion Yohan Blake, from Racers Track Club, completed the sprint double by easily winning the men’s 200 metres on Sunday’s final day of the National Senior Championships at the National Stadium.

Blake, the man who is tipped to take over when eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt retires after the World Championship London 2017, proved a cut above his rivals in the 200m and won in 19.97 seconds.

On his way to victory Blake eased down and still won comfortable over the battling pair of  Rasheed Dwyer and Warren Weir to post the joint fifth fastest time in the world this year.

South African Wayde Van Niekerk is the world leader with 19.84, which he achieved at the JN Racers Grand Prix at the National Stadium in Kingston on June 10.

Dywer, the 2014 Commonwealth Games champion from Sprintec, finished second in 20.26 seconds; while Blake's Racers Track Club training partner Weir, the. Olympics 2012 bronze medallist , was third in 20.39.

On Friday, Blake won the men’s 100m title in 9.90 seconds, the second fastest time in the world this year, behind American Christian Coleman with 9.82, achieved in Eugene on June 7.

It was the fourth straight major victory for Blake at the National Stadium .

The 27-year-old Blake clocked 9.93 second to win the men's 100 metres at the Jamaica International Invitational meet on May 20 then registered a 9.97-second clocking to win the Digicel-sponsored men's 100 metres at the JN Racers Grand Prix on June 10.

Sashalee Forbes of GC Foster College poses for the camera following her victory in the women's 200m final.

Earlier, Sashalee Forbes of GC Foster College got the better of Simone Facey to win the women's 200 metres.

Forbes got the victory in a new personal best 22.71, while Facey clocked 22.74.

Jodean Williams of the University of West Indies clocked 22.95 seconds for third place.

And the 2015 World Championships gold medallist  Danielle Williams closed the four-day championships with a fighting victory over Megan Simmonds in the women's 100-metre hurdles.

Following a stirring battle  for most of the way, Williams had to dig deep to get the better of Simmonds in the closing stages. 

The 24-year-old Williams won in a new personal best time of 12.56 and improved to number four in the world this year, well behind the world leader American Jasmin Stowers with 12.47.

Danielle Williams reacts following her victory in the women's 100m hurdles final.

Simmonds  (12.63) and third place Yanique Thompson from GC Foster College (12.69) also achieved new personal best times.

The Jamaican Trials will be used to select the country's team to the 2017 IAAF World Championships to be held in August in London, United Kingdom.

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