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O'Hara's back...but

Former C'Bar star trails home in pedestrian 22.12secs for 200m

BY HOWARD WALKER
Senior Staff reporter
walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, May 28, 2018

 

Former Calabar High School star Michael O'Hara made an inauspicious seasonal debut on an evening when heavy winds made a mockery of most of the times at the third JAAA All-Comers meet at National Stadium on Saturday.

O'Hara, who starred at the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships where he left with four gold medals in 2015, clocked a pedestrian 22.12 seconds (-1.2 mps) and was fifth of the five runners in heat four of the men's 200m.

Now at Racers Track Club, O'Hara looked a shadow of the athlete that ran 20.63 seconds and won gold at the 2013 World Youth Championships in the 200m.

The race was won by Racers' rising star Miguel Francis of Great Britain in 20.87 seconds. National 400m record holder Rusheen McDonald of MVP was second in 21.24 seconds, with former Jamaica College runner Devaughn Baker, now at the University of Technology, finishing third with 21.63 seconds.

Not much has been seen of the super-talented 21-year-old O'Hara, who has personal bests of 10.19 seconds for the 100m and 20.45 seconds for the 200m.

MVP's Nesta Carter, who won bronze in the 100m at the 2013 World Championships, was third in heat three of the 200m in 21.77 seconds (-1.8 mps). Tyquendo Tracey with 21.39 seconds won the event ahead of Sprintec's Collin King with 21.68 seconds.

Meanwhile, Senoj-Jay Givans of Racers won the men's 100m in 10.44 seconds (-2.9 mps) ahead of his teammate Kenroy Anderson, who was credited with the same time. MVP's Julian Forte was just behind in third with 10.45 seconds.

Kemar Bailey-Cole made a return to the track and was fourth in his heat in 10.93 seconds (-1.6 mps), while Romario Williams of G C Foster won in 10.70 seconds ahead of Emmanuel Archibald with 10.79 seconds.

Fitzroy Dunkley, running unattached, was quickest in the men's 400m with 46.88 seconds from heat one ahead of Peter Mathews of Akan Track Club in 47.64 seconds. The promising high school star Antonio Watson of Petersfield High was second-fastest in 47.55 seconds, winning heat two.

Commonwealth Games 100m bronze medallist Gayon Evans of Sprintec was fastest in the women's 100m in 11.00 seconds (-3.2 mps), while Jodean Williams, running unattached, won the women's 200m in 23.96 seconds (-2.6 mps) ahead of Natasha Morrison of Sprintec in 24.42 seconds.

The powerful Ronda White, also of Sprintec, won the women's 400m in 52.92 seconds ahead of St Elizabeth Technical High School girl Stacey Williams with 53.37 seconds. MVP's Daniel Dowie was third in 53.59 seconds ahead of the 2016 World Junior bronze medallist Junelle Bromfield in 54.01 seconds. Dawnalee Lonely, who switched camp from Cameron Blazers to Quality Performance Centre, took heat two in 54.61 seconds, which was the fifth-best time.

The resilient Yanique Thompson of Sprintec rebounded from her fall at the Jamaica International Invitational meet last week and captured the women's 100m hurdles in 13.49 seconds (-4.8 mps). The Commonwealth Games bronze medallist got the better of the promising Britany Anderson in 13.78 seconds.

In 2017 Anderson ran 12.72 seconds, the fastest-ever 100m hurdles time by an Under-18 athlete, in winning the final at the World Youth Championships in Kenya, but was aided by a 4.1m/s wind, which means Thompson's 12.94 seconds established in 2013 remains the Under-18 world best.

Phillip Lemonious, running unattached, took the men's 110 hurdles in 14.16 seconds (-2.3 mps) ahead of Rohan Cole of UTech in 14.37 seconds.

Jamaica's top shot putter, O'Dayne Richards of MVP threw 20.60m and easily won the men's event. The 2014 Commonwealth Games champion and the 2015 World Championships bronze medallist had throws of 19.96m, 20.60m, 19.94m, 19.51m and 20.16m and was never challenged, as Xavier Blackwood finished second with 16.10m.