Bailey-Cole joins sub-10-secs club

Bailey-Cole joins sub-10-secs club

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Sunday, July 08, 2012

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KEMAR Bailey-Cole became the latest Jamaican male sprinter to join the sub-10-seconds club when he ran a PR 9.98 at the 30th Meeting de Atletismo in Madrid, Spain yesterday.

Running in a 0.0m/s wind, the former Old Harbour High sprinter was second behind Kemar Hyman of the Cayman Islands, who ran a PR 9.95, and ahead of Trinidad and Tobago's Marc Burns (10.08).

Another Jamaican, Kimmari Roach, was fifth in 10.16.

The 20-year-old Bailey-Cole, a member of the Glen Mills-led Racers Track Club, qualified for the Olympic team after placing fifth in the Men's 100m final in a PR 10.0 seconds. He is the 12th Jamaican to dip under the barrier and is now the joint 10th fastest Jamaican ever, along with Percival Spencer.

This is the third time this season that Bailey-Cole, a semi-finalists at the 2009 IAAF World Youth Championships, was lowering his personal best.

World record-holder Usain Bolt heads the Jamaican list with 9.58, followed by Asafa Powell (9.72); Yohan Blake (9.75); Nesta Carter (9.78); Steve Mullings (9.80); Michael Frater (9.88); Nickel Ashmeade (9.93); Mario Forsythe (9.95); Raymond Stewart (9.96) and Lerone Clarke (9.99).

Of the 12, five have been coached by Mills, while another three were coached by MVP's Stephen Francis.

Schillone Calvert, who is also expected to be named in the Olympic team, won the Women's 200m in 22.68 seconds, ahead of compatriot Anneisha McLaughlin (22.70), while St Kitts' Tameka Williams (22.85) edged Aleen Bailey (23.14).

Shericka Williams (51.10) was second in the Women's 400m, beaten by American Debbie Dunn (50.83).

Richard Phillips was seventh in the 110m hurdles finals in 13.58 seconds after running 13.63 in the first round, while national record-holder Jermaine Gonzales failed to complete the 400m won by Belgium's Kevin Borle (45.09).

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