Athletics

Central Jamaica athletes star at National Championships

BY DWAYNE RICHARDS
Observer writer

Monday, July 02, 2018

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — A number of athletes from central Jamaica were at the top of their game at the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures National Senior and Junior Championships held inside National Stadium over last weekend.

The return of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to the track after her absence to have a child took the spotlight as the press heavily reported the return of the “Queen”, but Elaine Thompson made it a show of her own.

Left in the blocks by the rest of the field Thompson, the 2016 Rio Olympic Games double sprint champion, finished the race strongly using her now famous top end speed to secure victory in 11.01 ahead of Fraser-Pryce, who was second in 11.09, and Shericka Jackson, another central Jamaica athlete, in third in 11.13.

Jackson returned for the 200m final where she cruised to victory in 22.28s, as she continued her fine season over the half-lap event. She was also claiming her first national title in the event. Shasha Lee Forbes, who is also a central Jamaica athlete, was second in 22.95 while Jodean Williams was third.

Tyquendo Tracey made it a 100m double for central Jamaica athletes when he won his first senior men's 100m title minutes.

After the confusion caused by a series of false starts in heat one of the semi-finals, Tracey was able to return fully focused for the final to speed to a personal best 10.07s. Kenroy Anderson of Racers was second in 10.24 while Tracey's MVP teammate, Nesta Carter was third in 10.31.

Jahnoy Thompson of Louisiana State University, created a mild upset when he won the men's 200m final ahead of former St. Elizabeth Technical High School speedster Nigel Ellis, while Tracey finished third in a “Central” sweep of the event.

Another big winner from the central region at the National Championships was the outstanding Janieve Russell. The Commonwealth Games champion in the women's 400m hurdles continued her impressive season with an easy win. She won the event in 54.18s ahead of Leah Nugent of Puma 54.70s, and Ronda Whyte of Sprintec 54.90

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