18 J'cans in 100m world ranking

18 J'cans in 100m world ranking

BY PAUL BURROWES Observer writer

Friday, November 04, 2011

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WITH the World Indoor Championships, World Junior Championships and the Olympic Games set for next year, 18 Jamaicans have earned their places in the ranks of the world's 100 fastest men for 2011.

The list, which focuses on the 100m in the outdoor season, has Usain Bolt (9.76sec), Asafa Powell (9.78sec), American Tyson Gay (9.79sec), Steve Mullings (9.80sec) and Yohan Blake (9.82sec) in the top five.

At the IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Doha, South Korea, Bolt jumped the gun, Powell pulled out, Gay couldn't have a say, and Mullings drugged out, allowing the 21-year-old Blake to run away with the title.

Michael Frater (9.88sec) and Nesta Carter (9.89sec) are in eighth and 10th places, respectively, with Nickel Ashmeade in the top 20 at 16th.

Pan American Games champion Lerone Clarke is at 24th with 10.01 seconds, five places ahead of 20-year-old Dexter Lee (10.06sec), a World Junior and World Youth Championships gold medallists.

World Student Games champion Jacques Harvey (10.09sec) is at number 34 in the world 100, with Mario Forsythe and Ainsley Waugh in 39th and 40th places, both having clocked 10.11 seconds.

Kimmari Roach clocked a season-best 10.14 seconds for number 50 on the list, with Oshane Bailey one-hundredth of a second slower (10.15sec) at 57th in the world.

Winston Barnes's 10.17 seconds puts him at number 62, with Kenroy Anderson (10.18sec) five places below the Jamaica College past student.

Outstanding Camperdown High past student, 23-year-old Remaldo Rose, is at number 81 with 10.20 seconds, with Sheldon Mitchell, the National Junior runner-up two years ago, rounding out the top 100 (in 100th place) with a time of 10.22 seconds.

Jamaica's main rivals, the United States, have 28 athletes in the top 100, notably Gay, Mike Rodgers (9.85sec), Darvis Patton (9.94sec), Walter Dix (9.94sec), Justin Gatlin (9.95sec), Rakieem Saleem (9.97sec) and Travis Padgett (9.99sec).

Trinidad and Tobago's Richard Thompson (9.85), Zimbabwian Ngonidzashe Makusha (9.89) and France's Christophe Lemaitre (9.92) were the other quick sprinters this season, placing seventh, ninth, and 11th, respectively. All three rewrote their national records.

Bridgeport High's 17-year-old Jazeel Murphy, Jamaica's fastest schoolboy, is at 140 in the world with a personal best of 10.27 seconds.

Jamaica's male sprinter had a near-sweep of all 100 metres contested this year, winning the World Championships (Blake), World Youth Championships (Odail Todd-10.51sec), World Student Games (Harvey), and Pan American Games (Clarke).

Lee, however, finished third at the Central American and Caribbean Championships in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, and Todd placed fourth at the Pan American Junior Championships in Miramar, Florida.

Jamaica did not enter a male sprinter for the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man.

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