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Goule retains 800m title

Published:Sunday | July 3, 2016 | 7:00 AMRaymond Graham
Natoya Goule retaining her women's 800 metres title at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships at the National Stadium last night. Goule clocked 2:00.23.

Natoya Goule made it back-to-back titles in winning the women's 800 metres final at the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAA)-Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships at the National Stadium yesterday as she turned back former champion Kenia Sinclair to win in an Olympic-qualifying standard 2:00.23.

Sinclair also went inside the qualifying standard with her second-place finish of 2:01.11, while Simoya Campbell, who had previously attained the Olympic mark, getting third in 2:02.85.

Jowayne Hibbert also retained his title in the men's event. He won in 1:47.59, ahead of Sadiki Walker, 1:47.66, with third going to Stryman Livingstone in 1:47.93.

Omar McLeod had an easy win in the men's 110m hurdles, the final event of yesterday's third day. McLeod won in a fast 13.01 seconds, ahead of Deuce Carter, 13.21, and Andrew Riley, 13.49.

The expected clash between McLeod and Hansle Parchment did not materialise as the latter failed to show in the heats due to an injury.

Following semi-final action in the women's and men's 400 metres yesterday, the stage is set for two exciting finals today.

All the top athletes advanced in the women's event, with Stephenie McPherson leading the way with 50.31 seconds to win semi-final two ahead of Novlene Williams-Mills, 50.89, and Aneisha McLaughlin- Whilby, 51.35.

Defending champion Christine Day won semi-final one in 50.43. Shericka Jackson was second in 51.46.

Defending champion Javon Francis led the way in the men's 400m taking semi-final two in 45.26. Also through to the final are Peter Matthews, who finished second in 45.36, Nathan Allen, who captured semi-final one, 45.47, Jonia McDonald, 45.61, and Calabar High schoolboy Christopher Taylor, 45.68, Fitzroy Dunkley, 45.31, and Rusheen McDonald, 45.32.

Demar Forbes led the way in the field events after winning the men's long jump with an Olympic-qualifying standard of 8.16 metres.

Fredrick Dacres ruled supreme in the men's discus final, winning with 62.72m. Chad Wright, 61.83m, was second and Travis Smikle, third with 61.72m.

Christoff Bryan equalled his personal best of 2.25m to win the men's high jump. Matthew Campbell and Lushness Wilson were joint second with 2.05m.

In the female hammer throw, it was Dania Levy who won with 64.18m, ahead of Natalie Grant (57.34m) and Kadinee Johnson, 52.56m.

The four-day meets ends today.