Blake to tackle 400m at Camperdown Classic
...Dacres in action at King of the Ring meet at Excelsior
World Championships 100m gold medallist Yohan Blake is expected to make his seasonal debut at the 13th staging of the Camperdown Classic today at the National Stadium.
Meanwhile, World discus leader Fedrick Dacres will lead a host of throwers at the 12th staging of the King of the Ring meet at the Excelsior High School, just down the road from the Camperdown Classic fireworks.
Blake, who won the world title in 2011, normally opens with a 400m and is expected to lead a foray of club mates from the Racers Track Club.
Camperdown Classic chairperson, Cynthia Cooke, noted that this year’s edition would, as usual, present top-quality competition for both junior and senior athletes.
Blake could be joined by teammates Michael Frater, Kemar Bailey-Cole and Jevaughn Minzie, to name a few.
Action is expceted to start at 8:30 am, with schools restricted to three persons per event in the hope of completing the final by 6:55 pm.
One feature that has been absent at a number of development meets this season is the electronic display, which will be on full show and is a scoreboard flashing the times registered by the athletes.
Former Camperdown sprinter and 2014 Commonwealth 200m champion, Rasheed Dwyer, will be this year’s honoree.
Over 40 high schools will also be competing as they continue to fine-tune preparations for the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships.
Meanwhile, organiser of the King of the Ring throwers meet at the Excelsior High School, Michael Vassell said everything is set to go.
The University of Technology, The University of the West Indies, and GC Foster are expected to be the leading lights in the college section, which will be highlighted by Dacres and Travis Smikle in action.
In the high school section, top throwing school Petersfield High will not be there, but the usual powerhouses — Calabar High, Kingston College, Jamaica College, St Jago and Hydel — are expected to dominate.
— Howard Walker