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Disaster for Danielle - World champion crashes out in 100m hurdles Olympic qualifiers

Published:Monday | July 4, 2016 | 7:00 AMRaymond Graham
World champion Danielle Williams (right) crashes out of the women's 100m hurdles during last night's final at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships at the National Stadium. Megan Simmonds (centre) won in 12.79 seconds. Shermaine Williams (left) was second in 12.90 seconds.
Javon Francis (centre) powers to victory in the men's 400m. At left is Julien Dunkley and Nathon Allen (right).
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World 100 metres hurdles women's gold medallist Danielle Williams crashed out of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)-Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships - which serves as the Olympic Games qualifying competition - at the National Stadium last night.

Williams, who was involved in a tight battle at the lead with MVP's Megan Simmonds from the start, hit the second and third hurdles, completely lost her stride pattern and rhythm, and eventually had to jump over the fourth hurdle, before pulling up at the fifth. She stood there in disbelief, looking distraught as her Olympic dreams disappeared.

The diminutive Simmonds, who has been displaying good form all season, went on to win her first national senior title in a personal best of 12.79 seconds, capping it with a joyous celebration.

Shermaine Williams, Danielle's sister, finished second, in 12.90 seconds as veteran Nickeisha Wilson, a former national 400 metres hurdles representative,finished third in 12.97.

Like he did four years ago, Yohan Blake was crowned double sprint champion after winning the men's 200m in 20.29 seconds.

In the absence of Usain Bolt, who applied for a medical exemption after pulling out of the meet after qualifying for the men's 100m final 100 metres on Friday's second day, Blake had also won the shorter sprint.

As he did in the 100m final, Blake beat his former teammate at St Jago High, Nickel Ashmeade, who clocked 20.45 seconds for second. Julian Forte clocked the same time to place third.

 

WONDERFUL FEELING

 

"God is good. To know that I won the double four years ago and to come back and do so once again, it is a wonderful feeling and definitely I will just go back in training and work harder," said Blake, who returned to competition this season following a lengthy injury layoff.

A new champion was crowned in the women's 200m. Simone Facey, making a comeback this season, was the quickest out of the blocks and pulled away from the field in the straight to win in 22.65 seconds.

Veteran Veronica Campbell-Brown was second in 22.80, with third going to Kali Davis Whyte in 22.94.

The MVP duo of Elaine Thompson, the 100 metres champion, and bronze medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce failed to report for the event.

Stephenie McPherson captured her first national senior title after outduelling her rivals to win the women's 400m in a season-best 50.04 seconds.

McPherson, Novlene Williams-Mills, Shericka Jackson and last year's winner, Christine Day were all locked together in the straight, but McPherson prevailed.

Day was second in a season-best 50.29 seconds, while Jackson, third, also clocked a season-best 50.43 seconds. Williams-Mills was fourth in 50.64.

"I am happy for the win ... . It was very windy on the backstretch, but I just followed my coach's advice on how to deal with that, and although I am not pleased with my time, I am happy to capture my first national senior title," said McPherson.

Javon Francis proved that he is the best Jamaican male quarter-miler, as he captured his second consecutive 400m title.

He clocked 44.95 seconds to beat Fitzroy Dunkley, 45.35, and former St Jago High standout, Nathon Allen, who clocked 45.52 for third.

O'Dayne Richards won the men's shot put with the Olympic qualifying standard throw of 20.82 metres. Ashinia Miller took second with 19.21m, while Warren Barrett Jr. finished third with 17.38m.

Kimberly Williams extended her good form at these championships by winning the women's triple jump with 14.66m ahead of Shanieka Thomas, 14.44m, and Shadae Lawrence, third with 13.28.

The selection committee of the JAAA will meet on Thursday to name the members of the team and officials for next month's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.