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FINAL STAGE — Sprinters poised for last hurrah at Trials

Smikle, Parchment cop national titles

BY PAUL A REID Observer Writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, July 01, 2012    

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UP-AND-COMING sprint hurdler Hansel Parchment continued his brilliant year as last night he won the Men's 110m hurdles event at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships, beating a stellar field in a new personal best 13.18 seconds.

The UWI, Mona student who won the World University Games title last year and shocked the field at the JAAA/JII Meet in May, turned the tables on NCAA and Penn Relays champion Andre Riley, who also ran his personal best 13.19 seconds, while Richard Phillips was third in 13.43, edging Keiron Stewart.

Riley, who signed a professional contract last week, won the event ahead of Parchment at Penn Relays. He told the Jamaica Observer his speed had cost him the race as he hit several hurdles.

The soft-spoken Parchment said he was hoping to continue his upward trend and was hoping to make the final in London.

National record-holder Dwight Thomas failed to complete the event after a bad start.

Meanwhile, the meet is set for a spectacular finale later today with the running of the Men's and Women's 200m finals.

Last evening, Warren Weir continued his brilliant form in the 200m as he pushed 100m champion Yohan Blake to the fastest qualifying time of 19.93 seconds by running 19.99 for his fifth straight personal best over the distance in the semi-final.

Nickel Ashmeade won the first semi-final

in 20.15, ahead of Nesta Carter (20.37), while world record-holder and Olympic champion Usain Bolt won his in 20.25, ahead of Marvin Anderson (20.32).

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who won the 100m in a new National Record 10.70 seconds on Friday, set up another meeting with two-time Olympic champion Veronica Campbell Brown in the female event after both won their semi-finals in fine style.

Fraser-Pryce beat training partner Sherone Simpson to the line in 22.55 after Campbell Brown had run 22.79 to win her heat ahead of Samantha Henry-Robinson (22.83).

Anniesha McLaughlin won the third semi-final in 22.83 ahead of Kerron Stewart (22.96). Aleen Bailey and Schillonie Calvert are the other qualifiers for the final.

Smikle stole the show when he got the Olympic 'A' qualifying standard on his very first throw, going over the 66.0 mark, surpassing the 65.00m mark, then upped it when he threw 67.12m — just shy of Jason Morgan's National Record of 67.15 set earlier this year.

Morgan was second with 61.93, while NCAA champion Chad Wright was third with 59.69.

The championships will end this evening with 11 finals, including both Men's and Women's 200m, both 400m, the Women's 100m hurdles, Women's triple jump, Men's shot put, Women's high jump, Men's pole vault and Women's javelin.

The Women's 400m promises to be competitive for the top three places after last night's semi-finals.

Novlene Williams-Mills, the pre-championships favourite, justified her tag by running 50.52 seconds to win the first semi-final, chasing down Christine Day, who was second in a personal best 50.85, while World Indoors semi-finalist Dominique Blake was third, also in a new personal best 51.72.

Former national champions Rosemarie Whyte and Shericka Williams were first and second in the second semi-final in 51.11 and 51.58, respectively, ahead of Sherifa Lloyd, 52.06.

Davita Pendergast (52.11) and 2010

World Junior Championships finalist Jodi-Ann Muir (52.31) also advanced to the final set to start at 6.05 pm.

Patricia Hall, a relay medallist last year at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, and who ran her personal best three weeks ago, fell in the first semi-final and failed to complete the race.

In the Men's semi-finals, Rusheen McDonald leads the way with a solid 45.23 seconds to

edge national record-holder Jermaine

Gonzales, 45.27.

Dane Hyatt has the second best time of 45.26, followed by Edino Steele (45.52), Akheem Gauntlett (45.35), Javere Bell with a new personal best 45.78, Riker Hylton, last year's winner (45.36) and Errol Nolan (45.55) were the oher qualifiers.

Damar Forbes, who represented Jamaica last year, won his first national title after three fouls last year, won the long jump with 7.89m, Jermaine Jackson was second with 7.76 and Nicholas Gordon third in 7.43.

Darell Garwood of MVP on the Men's high jump, clearing 2.14m, beating former Herbert Morrison Technical athlete Craig Norman, 2.05, with Jelani Bogle third with 2.00.

Zara Northover won the shot put with 16.42m and is still short of the Olympic 'B' qualifying standard, Micara Vassell was second with 15.12 and Candecia Bernard third with 15.06.

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