Strong first run for Thompson
WORLD Championships 200 metres silver medallist, Elaine Thompson, expressed delight with her final 20 metres after she sped to victory in her heat of the women’s Invitational 60 metres in 7.17 seconds at yesterday’s Queen’s-Grace Jackson meet at the National Stadium.
“Today I just came out to execute as my coach instructed me to do. I was pleased with my final 20 metres. as I got out a bit slow. I am really happy to be competing before my fans again and I am looking forward to the remainder of the season,” the MVP Track Club athlete said after her first competitive run this season. Sprint Tech Track Club’s Gayon Evans was second in the heat.
In the men's event former national senior 100 metres champion, Oshane Bailey, who now competes for Sprint Tech won in a tight finish in 6.60 edging out MVP's Ronald Levy (6.61) with another MVP athlete, Julian Forte, third in 6.63.
Sharing the spotlight was national senior representative, Aneisha McLaughlin-Whilby who was making a return to the track after a one year absence. Competing for Sprint Tech McLaughlin-Whilby clocked 52.87 seconds to post the fastest time of the day in the women’s open 400 metres. G.C. Foster College’s Ronda Whyte was second overall in 53.07 with third going to Sprint Tech Verone Chambers, 53.28.
McLaughlin-Whilby was also happy with her performance.
“I was very anxious before the event but felt good after the race as I executed the way my coach wanted me to do and my body felt good,” she said.
St Jago High’s Alesha Kelly was also in good form in the one lap event. Competing in Class One Kelly topped the field in 53.94 to finish ahead of Holmwood Technical’s Ashley Williams (54.96) and St Jago’s Shanice Reid, 55.16.
Edino Steele, 46.39, was best among the males in the men’s 400m. Nasieve Powell of G.C. Foster College was second in 46.91 and Racers’ Zharnell Hughes, third in 47.12.
Calabar dominated the sprint hurdles winning in all three classes. Shavon Carr won Class Three in 14.28 seconds, ahead of teammate Oratio Craig, 14.51.
In Class Two Dejour Russell captured the 110m hurdles in 13.38 seconds, ahead of teammates Orlando Bennett, 4,28, and Michael Stevens, 14.38.
Seanie Selvie took Class One in 14.40 from Jamaica College’s Odario Phillips (14,46).