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Riley upstages Olympic medallist Parchment at Senior Trials

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, June 29, 2014    

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ANDREW Riley scored a big upset win over Olympic bronze medallist and national record holder Hansle Parchment to win the men's 110m hurdles at last night's third day of the JAAA/Supreme ventures National Senior Championships at the National Stadium.

Riley ran a season's best 13.27 seconds for his second win over Parchment this season after beating him at an IAAF Diamond League meeting in Oslo earlier.

The Championships, which will be used to help select teams for three championships later this year, including the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, ends this evening.

The finals of the 200m and 400m in both sexes are expected to highlight the final session, while the women's triple jump with World Indoors bronze medallist Kimberly Williams and the women's 100m hurdles are also expected to provide good competition.

In what Riley described as his "most technical race of the season", he came off the last hurdle almost level with Parchment then lunged for the line.

Parchment was second in 13.29 seconds with Richard Phillips third in 13.72 seconds in his first National Championships since 2012 when he suffered a horrific injury at the London Olympics.

The University of Florida's Hugh Graham continued his good form as he led the men's 400m qualifiers for today's final, running 45.57 seconds yesterday to win the first semi-finals.

Rusheen McDonald of UTech (45.74 seconds), Chumaine Fitten (45.72) and Akheem Gauntlett (45.81) were the next best, while Omar Johnson, Allodin Fothergill, Edino Steele and Alvin Green also advanced to the final.

The MVP pair of Christine Day and Stephenie Ann McPherson lead the women's 400m qualifying after their semi-finals.

Day clocked 50.51 seconds and McPherson, fourth-placed at the World Championships in Moscow last year, ran 51.10 seconds.

Novlene Williams-Mills won her semi-final heat in 51.34 seconds, while Anastacia Leroy, Chrisan Gordon, Shericka Jackson, former World Championships and Olympic Games silver medallist Shericka Williams and Rose-Marie Whyte-Robinson are the others who will contest today's final.

Natoya Goule won her second straight 800m title, running 2:01.34 minutes to beat Simoya Campbell's personal best 2:02.43 and Kimara McDonald's 2:2.51 seconds.

The US-based Goule was not pleased with her performance.

"I was not aggressive enough at the start," she said, explaining she had a minor collision with Campbell on the back stretch, which threw her off.

Ricardo Cunningham won the men's race in 1:48.10 minutes, ahead of Jowayne Hibbert (1:49.35) and Adrian Tulloch (1:50.25).

Demar Forbes fouled the first two attempts in the men's long jump before he finally got it together to win his third straight national title with a season's best 8.10m.

Early leader Nicholas Gordon ended up second with 7.82m, while Joseph Ramie was third with 7.52m.

Forbes, who switched coaches this season and is working with American four-time World champion Dwight Phillips in Atlanta, was competing healthy for the first time in over a month after injuring himself at an IAAF World Challenge meeting in Hengelo, Holland.

Former NCAA champion Chad Wright won the men's discus throw with 62.69m, just ahead of former national record holder Jason Morgan, who threw 62.29m, his best-ever distance in Jamaica, while Shaun Haughton was third with 52.45m.

Danniel Thomas, who was second in the discus throw on Friday, won the women's shot put with 16.04m, beating Devene Brown (14.44m) and Genneva Greaves (14.22m).

Teenager Christophe Bryan, bronze medallist from the World Youth Championships last year, won his second Senior Championships title after clearing 2.19m, beating Darrell Garwood (2.17m) and Clayton Brown (2.11m).

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