Illegal wind robs Bailey-Cole of sub-10 clocking

PAUL A REID Observer writer

Monday, July 09, 2012

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AN illegal wind, well over the 2.0 metres per second limit has robbed Jamaica's Kemar Bailey-Cole of a sub-10.00 seconds clocking in the 100m at the 30th Meeting de Atletismo in Madrid, Spain on Saturday.

Some 18 hours after the original result show the Racers TC sprinter running 9.98 seconds for second place behind the Cayman Island's Kemar Hyman's personal best 9.95 seconds, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) published a revised result showing the wind speed of positive 3.8 metres per second.

Videos of the race showed the illegal wind reading, but the results board was then refreshed to show a 0.0m/s wind which was then reflected in the official results.

If the wind had remained legal, the 20-year-old former Old Harbour runner would have been the joint 10th fastest ever Jamaican man, tied with Percival Spencer and the 12th man to go under 10 seconds.

Bailey-Cole, who was fifth in the 100m finals at the recent JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships in a personal best 10.00 seconds, lowered his lifetime best the third time this season.

The 10.00 seconds is tied as 13th best ever by a Jamaican man along with sprint hurdler Dwight Thomas.

Meanwhile, K'Don Samuels improved on his own national senior record on Saturday when he cleared 5.35m to win the silver medal in the pole vault at the NACAC Under-23 Championships in Leon, Mexico.

Samuels, who also holds the junior (4.85m) and indoor records (5.25m), surpassed the 5.31m he set earlier this year in Lubbock, Texas to finish behind American winner Michael Woepse (5.40m) and ahead of another American Logan Cunningham (5.30m).

The former Jamaica College athlete, who just completed his first year at South Plains Junior College in Texas, had cleared 5.31m earlier this year breaking the 5.30m set in 2002 by Jabari Ennis and had won the national senior title at the senior championships just over a week ago with a 5.02m vault.

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