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Williams, Bloomfield highlight All-Comers meet

Published:Monday | May 23, 2016 | 5:00 AMHubert Lawrence
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The best moments of the second Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) All-Comers meet on Saturday evening came near the end as Christania Williams and Akeem Bloomfield delighted fans inside the National Stadium with fine sprint performances.

Williams, a student-athlete at the University of Technology (UTech), lowered her 100-metre personal best to 11.07 seconds. Moments earlier, Bloomfield showed good form at twice the distance.

Williams, a champion high-school sprinter at Edwin Allen High, jetted away from the start and ran powerfully to reduce her best from 11.11 seconds.

The only Jamaicans to go faster over 100 metres this year were Veronica Campbell-Brown and Simone Facey, with Elaine Thompson joining them with her time of 11.02 seconds at yesterday's Rabat Diamond League meet.

Campbell-Brown and Facey have run the 100m in 10.91 and 11.00 seconds, respectively, already this season, while Thompson had an earlier clocking of 11.07 and her notable wind-assisted time of 10.71 seconds at the Jamaica International Invitational.

Despite his six-foot-five frame, Bloomfield - an upper sixth form student at Kingston College - looked nimble in the early steps of his 200-metre race. He feathered the accelerator near the end of an effort timed in 20.66 seconds.

That was the fastest 200-metre race of the evening by 0.03, as Jevaughn Minzie, the 2015 Boys and Girls' Championships 200m winner, held off fast-closing Briton, Delano Williams, in 20.69 seconds.

Nigel Ellis, the super sprinter from St Elizabeth Technical High School, was the only Jamaican junior athlete to go quicker over 200 metres this season than Bloomfield. Ellis clocked 20.40 seconds at Western Championships and 20.51 in the semi-finals at the Boys and Girls' Championships.

 

WINNING LEAP

 

Shanieka Thomas, the 2015 World Championship triple jump finalist, entertained with a winning leap of 14.16 metres. That was achieved with a run-up that showed her improved sprint speed.

Other notable performances came from Marvin Williams and Samantha James.

Williams, the 2013 World Youth 400-metre hurdles champion, caught fast-starting Josef Robertson in the homestretch to win his pet event in 50.14 seconds.

James got the better of Simoya Campbell in the 800 metres. Campbell, the World University Games runner-up, faded after a 57.8-second opening lap and fell prey to James' strong finish. The winning time was 2 minutes, 03.94 seconds.