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Powell, Williams lead Ja charge at World Indoors

Published:Friday | March 18, 2016 | 3:00 AMDania Bogle
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PORTLAND, USA:

Outdoor sprint hurdles champion Danielle Williams and former world record holder Asafa Powell - the headliners on this team - will also headline Jamaica's start of competition at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Centre today.

Powell, the former 100m world record holder, will compete in the men's 60m at 4:40 p.m. Jamaica time, while Williams lines up in the 60m hurdles a little over an hour later.

The men's 60m also features Kevaughn Rattray and Odean Skeen, while Williams will be the lone flag bearer in the hurdles.

New Mexico Highlands University student Salcia Slack opens up competition for the Jamaicans at 1:15 p.m. in the 60m hurdles pentathlon, where she will face competition from the reigning World silver medallist Brianne Thiesen-Eaton of Canada.

Slack is recovering from a bout of pneumonia, which she was only diagnosed with a week ago, but said she doesn't have a physical injury.

"I have no major injuries. I heard a lot of things going around that I have different things. There is nothing like that," she told The Gleaner.

Slack will compete in all five events - 60m hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump, and 800m - today.

The 400m for both male and female will be the next event for local athletes.

Ricardo Chambers and Fitzroy Dunkley will compete in the men's event at 1:45 p.m., while Chris-Ann Gordon, Patricia Hall-Pritchett, and Stephenie-Ann McPherson will be in action in the women's equivalent immediately after.

University of Arkansas student Kemoy Campbell lines up in the men's 3000m at 3:05 p.m.

Team coach Maurice Westney had a few ideas on athletes he thought may medal this weekend.

"I am not a great predictor, but it looks as if we will get a few medals; our relay teams, Asafa (Powell), Omar (McLeod) and Kemoy Campbell. I don't know how he will fit in, but I am looking for something from him," he told The Gleaner.

Technical leader Fitz Coleman was more reserved in his predictions.

"I think it puts a bit of price on our heads when we talk about expectations. What we want to know is that they're physically and mentally ready to compete, and they are," he said.

He added: "The athletes were in pretty good stead. They're looking forward for competition and were just hoping for competition to start to put our Jamaican stamp on it."

 

Schedule (Jamaicans)

 

1:15 p.m. W 60m hurdles Pentathlon

1:45 p.m. M 400m heats

2:15 p.m. W high jump pentathlon

2:25 p.m. W 400m heats

3:05 p.m. M 3000m heats

4:20 p.m. M 60m heats

4:25 p.m. W shot put pentathlon

7:15 p.m. W long jump pentathlon

7:35 p.m. W 60m hurdles heats

8 p.m. M 60m semi-final

9:25 p.m. W 400m semi-final

9:45 p.m. M 400m semi-final

10:10 p.m. W 800m pentathlon

10:30 p.m. W 60m hurdles final

10:40 p.m. M 60m final