Friday 3 July, 2020

Thomas equals world junior record in boy's 110mh at National Trials

Damion Thomas (right) of Louisiana State University wins the Boys' Under-20 110-metre hurdles on Saturday at the National Junior and Senior Championships, at the National Stadium. Thomas won in 12.99 seconds to equal the world junior record.  Orlando Bennett (left) and Dejour Russell (centre) finished second and third. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Damion Thomas (right) of Louisiana State University wins the Boys' Under-20 110-metre hurdles on Saturday at the National Junior and Senior Championships, at the National Stadium. Thomas won in 12.99 seconds to equal the world junior record. Orlando Bennett (left) and Dejour Russell (centre) finished second and third. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Damion Thomas of Louisiana State University equalled the world junior record when he won the Boys' Under-20 110-metre hurdles on Saturday at the National Junior and Senior Championships, at the National Stadium.

Running in lane 3, Thomas ran the race in a sizzling world-leading 12.99 second to equal the world junior record set by France's Wilhem Belocian at the IAAF Junior World Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in 2014.

The time was also a new national junior record and a new personal best for Thomas, who becomes the second junior hurdler to dip below 13 seconds.  The previous national junior record was held by Tyler Mason, who recorded 13.06 seconds to finish second behind Belocian at the IAAF Junior World Track & Field Championships.

Thomas crossed the line ahead of the Calabar High School pair of Orlando Bennett (13.00), also a new personal best, and the big favourite Dejour Russell (13.26).

The third-place finish by Russell means that he has failed to make Jamaica's team to the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland in July, one year after the 18-year-old hurdler won the gold medal at the final edition of the IAAF World U18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Action on Day 3 of National Trials

Five other junior athletes achieved new personal bests in the sprint hurdles.

Amoi Brown upstaged her Vere Technical teammate Britany Anderson to take the Girls' Under-20 national title.

Brown lowered her personal best from 13.19 seconds to win in 13.09, while Anderson came home in 13.19, also a new personal best. St Jago's Crystal Morrison finished third in 13.47, also a new personal best.

Only two competitors turned up for the Boys' Under-18 110-metre hurdles and Jordani Woodley secured the national title in 13.85, beating Joshaun Park of St Elizabeth Technical High School, who came home in 13.92 seconds. Both athletes achieved new personal best times.

Earlier, Excelsior High's Ackera Nugent, the only competitor in the Girls' Under-18 100-metre hurdles, powered home in a decent 13.47 seconds.

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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