UTech's Thompson blazes 10.92sec for 100m to outshine Bolt, Fraser-Pryce at UTech Classic

UTech's Thompson blazes 10.92sec for 100m to outshine Bolt, Fraser-Pryce at UTech Classic

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BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, April 11, 2015

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NOT very often are Olympic champions Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce upstaged after winning performances, but Elaine Thompson's world-leading 10.92 seconds for 100m was the highlight performance at the UTech Classic at the National Stadium last night.

Thompson of the University of Technology (UTech) announced herself to the world in no uncertain manner dashing to a championship record of 10.92 seconds to win the women's 100m open ahead of Natasha Morrison of MVP in 11.17 seconds, and the promising Christina Williams of UTech in 11.18 seconds.

The field also included Racers' Schillonie Calvert and Audra Segree of Sprintec, and the previous record of 11.07 seconds, done two years ago, was held by Carrie Russell.

Thompson, 23, has promised much in the last two seasons and earlier this year she ran 11.09 and 23.09 to register her personal best over the 100m and 200m, respectively.

"To get 10.92.... I am overwhelmed. My own expectation was to deliver and set my name out there," said an elated Thompson after the race.

She continued: "Words can't explain but I am really happy. Honestly, last week I didn't expect to go that fast, but tonight I am excited."

Meanwhile, the world's fastest man, Bolt, turned up for the men's 200m open and won comfortably in a UTech Games record of 20.25 seconds ahead MVP's Nesta Carter with 20.60. Third went to the fast-closing Rusheed McDonald of MVP in 20.68 seconds.

The world's premier female sprinter, MVP's Fraser-Pryce showed that she is in immaculate early-season condition, clocking a decent 22.96 seconds to barely hold off a good return-to-form from Sherone Simpson of Sprintec in 22.97 seconds.

Commonwealth Games 400m champion Stephanie McPherson of MVP was third in 23.19 seconds, while Racers' Kerron Stewart, who came off the bend in second, faded into fourth with 23.33 seconds.

UTech's pair of Kemarley Brown and Julian Forte were first and second in the men's 100m with 10.11 and 10.12 seconds, respectively. Commonwealth Games 100m champion Kemar Bailey-Cole was third in 10.14.

Meanwhile, 400m hurdles IAAF Diamond League champion Keliese Spencer of MVP reverted to her high school event and was second in the 800m in 2.08.44 minutes. The race was won by UTech's Samantha James in 2.07.46 minutes.

Spencer clocked 1:03 for the first 400m and was some 25m behind in third spot and with the encouragement of the fans, she finished with a flourish, some six metres behind James. Danielle James of GC Foster was third in 2:14.02 minutes, while race favourite Samoya Campbell of UTech looked uninterested or probably injured and finished in fifth spot, a long way behind in 2:21.64 minutes.

In section one of the men's 800m open, Leon Clarke of St Jago took on the bigger guys and emerged victorious in 1:53.89 minutes ahead of Michael Stone of UWI with 1:54.83 minutes.

The lanky Jowayne Hibbert of UWI continued his fine form capturing the section two in 1:48.30 minutes to be the overall time winner. Hibbert cruised in fourth spot before taking over the lead with 300m remaining and easily held off Ricardo Cunningham of MVP with 1:50.26 minutes.

GC Foster clocked 39.64 seconds to capture the men's 4x100m relay open ahead of UTech in 40.71 seconds. Earlier, Calabar High's makeshift team won the high school equivalent in 40.42 seconds ahead of St George's College in 40.75 seconds. St Jago girls won the high school version in 44.71 seconds.

The diminutive and smooth Megan Simmonds of UTech sailed over the barriers to win the women's 100m hurdles open in record time of 13.08 seconds and erased the 13.15 done by Shermaine Williams in 2012. UTech's Chrisdale McCarthy was second in 13.41 seconds ahead of Jeanine Williams of Immaculate High with 13.92 seconds.

Ronald Levy of UTech also rewrote the history books, lowering the 13.71 seconds set by Olympic bronze medallist Hansle Parchment in 2012 to 13.63 seconds and winning the men's 110m hurdles event. Deuce Carter of UWI was second with 13.96 seconds.

In the 400 metres, Akan's Javon Francis equalled the record of 45.50 seconds held by Cuban Colazzo Gutierrez since 2011. Francis, who saw his Champs record lowered to 44.93 seconds by Akeem Bloomfield of Kingston College, ran hard for the first 300 metres and when Edino Steele of Racers threatened, Francis found another gear to win convincingly and immediately looked across at the electronic clock on the infield. Steele was second in 46.35 seconds.

In the women's section, UTech's Sherika Jackson turned in another inspiring display, winning in 51.39 seconds to break the 2009 record of 52.08 set by Bobby-Gaye Wilkins.

This is expected to be a break-out year for the promising Jackson, formerly of Vere Technical High School, as she now has the world-leading time over the distance. Janieve Russell of UTech ran 51.53, while 2008 Olympics 400m silver medallist Shericka 'Wire' Williams trailed in last of the five runners.

UTech's Genneva Greaves hurled the shot put to 14.58m and established a new record. Her teammate Orlando Thomas won the men's javelin open with 67.90m, while Kamal Fuller of Eagles took the long jump with a leap of 7.27m.


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