Elaine on fire

Sizzling Thompson runs blistering 22.00secs to complete double ...Dwyer cops men's equivalent ahead of Blake

Monday, June 24, 2019

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Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson ran a blistering world-leading 22.00 (-0.2 mps), while Rasheed Dwyer outbattled Yohan Blake in 20.23 and were crowned 200m champions at the JAAA Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships at the National Stadium last night.

Thompson, who won the 100m in another world leading 10.73 on Friday night, once again confirmed her superiority over Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who was second in a season's best in 22.22. Schillonie Calvert-Powell grabbed third spot in 22.92 and booked her spot to the World Championships.

Fraser-Pryce, drawn in lane four, started quickly and went past Thompson in lane five, but the reigning 200m Olympic champion turned on the afterburners in the straight and went away for a most impressive win and looked to be back to her brilliant best.

Meanwhile, Dwyer, the 2014 Commonwealth Games 200m champion, who was third in the 100m on Friday, exact some level of revenge and won the 200m in 20.23 as he and Yohan Blake charged to the line. Blake was second in 20.27 with Andre Ewers of Florida State University third in 20.48 running from lane eight.

Julian Forte was fourth in 20.63 with Akeem Bloomfield, who has a personal best of 19.81, left back in fifth with 20.81 running from lane one.

World Championships bronze medallist Shericka Jackson ran a lifetime best of 49.78 and captured the women's 400m, which makes her the second best in the world behind Shaunae Miller-Uibo's 49.05.

Jackson, who started slowly as usual, initiated her winning run at the 250m mark and swept by Stephenie McPherson and won going away for a most emphatic victory.

Anastasia LeRoy fought on for second from lane three in 50.94 with the fading McPherson back in third in 51.01. Ronesha McGregor finished fourth in 51.36.

Christine Day was fifth 51.60 and Tiffany James sixth in 51.73, which means that Jamaica's top-six runners all dipped below the qualifying mark of 51.80.

Having finished second last year to schoolboy prodigy Christopher Taylor, Demish Gaye of Sprintec got it right and captured his first national 400m title in 44.83 as he moved impressively away from the field.

Terry Thomas of Racers Track club closed fast and snatched second in 45.47.

Crowd favourite Javon Francis running from lane two, got third in 45.60 with national record holder Rusheen McDonald fading into fourth in 45.83, after entering the finals with the fastest time of 45.25.

Sean Bailey of the University of Texas pulled up apparently injured and failed to finished the race.

However, both Thomas and Francis did not meet the World Championships qualifying mark of 45.30, but they have time to achieve that mark before the September games in Doha.

Jamaica's 2015 World Championships shot put bronze medallists O'Dayne Richards retained his title with a throw of 19.93m. Ashinia Miller was second with 19.25m with Kyle Mitchell third with 18.53m.

Richards, the 2014 Commonwealth Games champion, had a series of throws of 19.52m, 19.93m, 19.53m, 19.74m and 19.36m.

Shanieka Ricketts defended her women's triple jump with a leap of 14.73m, which puts her second in the world. Kimberley Williams was second with 14.39m and Shardia Lawrence of Kansas State University third with 13.83m. She is just below the World Championships qualifying mark of 14.20m.

In the first senior event on the track, new national women's 100m hurdles record holder and world leader Janeek Brown of the University of Arkansas continued her fabulous form with a relaxed win and was due to enter the final later yesterday with the fastest time of 12.68.

Her main rival, Danielle Williams, the 2015 World champion, won the other semi-final in 12.81. Also through to the final are 2013 World Youth champion Yanique Thompson with 12.80 and Megan Tapper with 12.95 along with Amoy Brown in 13.23.

The finals for the women's and men's sprint hurdles finals were not completed up to press time last night.

— Howard Walker


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