Five world leaders in Jamaica's 56-member team for 20th Pan-American GamesFriday, June 28, 2019
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Five world leaders, including sprint queens Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, were named in a powerful 56 member team to represent Jamaica in track and field at the 20th Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru in early August.
The list, released late Thursday night, includes Fedrick Dacres the men's discus throw world leader and the fastest woman in the 100m hurdles Janeek Brown, as well as most of the winners from last weekend's National Championships at the national stadium.
Men's 100m champion Yohan Blake and teen phenom Briana Williams are the only major names from the national championships who were not included in the list of athletes to take part in what looks to be a final test for the athletes before the final team is named for the IAAF World Championships in Doha in September.
A number of the athletes have still not achieved the qualification mark for the IAAF World Championships and the Pan-Am competition will give them a final chance to book their tickets.
Three female sprint hurdlers were also named -- Brown, Megan Tapper and Yanique Thompson -- despite Sunday's controversial end to the championships and the voiding of the women's final.
The JAAA had since announced that the three women hurdlers who would represent the country in Doha would be named after August 16th based on their respective rankings on the IAAF ranking system.
Thompson who won the sprint double in world leading times of 10.73 seconds and 22.00 seconds respectively last weekend along with Fraser-Pryce who also ran 10.73 seconds in the 100m, are expected to lead a powerful women's team.
Janeek Brown was prevented from completing the 100m hurdles final after two recalls but ran 12.40 seconds to win the NCAA title in early June and will lead the hurdles crew into the championships.
Meanwhile, quarter-miler Shericka Jackson looks to be in the form of her career with back-to-back season's best runs in the first two rounds followed by a personal best 49.78 seconds, second best in the world then, and will go into the championships as a medal favourite.
Jamaica will be well represented in the women's horizontal jumps as well with Shanieka Ricketts, Kimberly Williams and NCAA champion Shardia Lawrence and long jump winner Tissana Hickling.
Paul A Reid
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