#glnrCHAMPS: Heavyweights set up massive 100m clashes
They had to battle the usual strong afternoon head-wind inside the National Stadium, but the headliners are all through to tonight's 100m finals, setting up a mouth-watering climax to the penultimate day of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships.
The Class 1 Boys 100m final is guaranteed to send chills down the spine later and with the main players all sounding their warning shots, one can only expect fireworks when the starter sends them off.
Season leader Nigel Ellis (St Elizabeth) was smooth in his semi-final with, posting 10.63 in strong head-wind with his rivals Jhevaughn Matherson (KC), 10.77 and St Jago's Raheem Chambers, 10.82, also showing good pace with wins in their respective semi-finals as well.
Dejour Russell (Calabar) showed his strength after recovering from another terrible start to show the entire field a clean pair of heels, winning his Class 2 100m semi-final in a time 11.19 seconds ahead of Munro's Andre Russell, 11.39.
His biggest threat should come from his teammate Michael Stephens who was easy in clocking 11.06 on his way to a win in his semi-final
Gold medal favourite in the Class 1 girls 100m, Patrice Moody, who didn't finish the 100m hurdles earlier in the day, came back with a vengeance to win a tough semi-final in a time of 11.72 ahead of St Jago's Nelda Huggins (11.76) and Camperdown's Russell Burton (11.84).
Among the Class 2 girls, St Jago's Kimone Shaw was most impressive, winning her semi-final in a time of 12.02 with Edwin Allen's Khamoy Farquharson 12.10 following her to the line.
Her main competitors are all safely through, with St Jago's Shaneil English (12.14) and defending champion Shellece Clarke (12.29), both looking comfortable in winning their semi-finals as well.
The 100m finals are set to start at 7:45 p.m.
Points Standing BOYS after 8 finals:
Kingston College 50;
Jamaica College 48.50;
St Jago 29
Points Standing GIRLS after 8 finals:
Edwin Allen 57;
St Jago 24