Powell looks all set to reclaim 100m sprint crown

Women’s title to be decided, after insufficient entries delay their progress

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, June 26, 2015

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Former world record holder Asafa Powell has set tongues wagging after clocking 9.98 seconds to easily brush aside Yohan Blake and company to advance to the semi-finals of the 100 metres at the Supreme Ventures JAAA National Senior Championships at the National Stadium last night.

Blake, who finished second in 10.24 seconds, was quickest out of the blocks but once Powell got going the race was all over as he bounced home for yet another sub-10 clocking with a lot in reserve.

Kemarley Brown of UTech was third, also in 10.24 seconds. Nesta Carter of MVP won heat two in 10.12 seconds, easing down ahead of Sheldon Mitchell of Swept Track Club in 10.13.

UTech’s Tyquendo Tracey was third with 10.14 seconds and advanced to the semi-finals.

Commonwealth Games champion Kemar Bailey-Cole of Racers took heat three in 10.05 seconds, the same as secondplaced Andrew Fisher of UTech, with the fastfinishing Jason Livermore of Akan third with 10.06 seconds. Veteran Michael Frater of Racers was fourth in 10.14 and advanced as one of the fastest losers.

Nickel Ashmeade won the final quarterfinal heat in 10.12 seconds ahead of former World Youth and World Junior champion Dexter Lee of Akan in 10.18 seconds. Jevaughn Minzie of Racers was third in 10.18 seconds.

The women’s 100m quarterfinals were scratched due to insufficient entries and will be run as semi-finals later today. Meanwhile, UTech’s Janieve Russell advanced easily to the 400m hurdles final after cruising home in heat one in 55.59 seconds ahead of Shevon Stoddart in 55.79 and Samantha Elliott of Clemson University with 56.42 seconds.

Ronda Whyte of GC Foster fell after clearing the ninth and penultimate hurdle while in third position and failed to finish. Ristananna Tracey of Racers took heat two in 56.22 seconds ahead of the fast closing Rushell Clayton of UWI in second with 56.53 and Daniel Dowie third with 56.81 seconds.

There was a buzz when the name of Jaheel Hyde was announced in heat one of the 400m hurdles, but the schoolboy star immediately got a taste of "big man" pace as, after starting well, he was quickly brushed aside by Annsert Whyte of Racers, who went on to win in a decent 49.00 seconds.

Hyde just held on for second in 49.83 and advanced to the final. Andre Clarke of GC Foster was third in 49.87 seconds and squeezed into the final as one of the best third-placed finishers.

Javan Gallimore of Racers took the second heat in 49.94 seconds ahead of Josef Robertson of Cameron Blazers in 50.45, with the out-of-sorts Isa Phillips closing fast for third in 50.47.

But Phillips, who has a personal best of 48.05 seconds, and has been a staple on Jamaica’s team to the major championships, will miss this World Championships after finishing with the ninth best time, thus failing to make the final.

Schoolboy Marvin Williams of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) brought the house down with a sterling performance in heat three, winning in a personal best of 49.90 seconds.

Defending champion Roxroy Cato was second in 49.96 with former national champion Leford Green third in 49.97 seconds.

MVP’s Orlando Thomas won the men’s javelin final with a throw of 70.12m and was clear of Orrin Powell of GC Foster with 68.55m.

Adrian Mitchell of Calabar High was third with 60.53m.

Jamaica College schoolboy Clayton Brown put the seniors to the sword by capturing the triple jump with a leap of 16.17m.

Jonathan Reid of Florida State University was second with 16.10m ahead of Aubrey Allen of GC Foster with 15.99. Wilbert Walker was fourth with 15.90m.



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