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#RioGoldRush: Thompson among eight J’cans in morning action, chases sprint double

Published:Monday | August 15, 2016 | 7:03 AM
Elaine Thompson celebrates after winning the women's 100m race in Rio on Saturday evening.

 Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

Freshly minted Olympic 100m champion Elaine Thompson will commence her quest for the sprint double, as she is among eight Jamaicans who will be in action during this morning’s session on day of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Thompson, the 2015 World Championships 200m silver medallist, will run out of lane four in heat four when the first round of the women’s 200m runs off at 7:35 a.m.

The 24-year-old, who is competing at her first Olympics, on Saturday claimed the women’s 100m title with a 10.71 clocking in the final with fellow Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce taking the bronze in a season’s best of 10.86.

National 200m champion, Simone Facey, will occupy lane five in heat three of the 200m where she will have for company 100m finalist Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago.

Two-time Olympic 200m champion, Veronica Campbell-Brown will run out of lane six in the ninth and final heat.

Reigning 200m World Champion Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands will be in heat one with Olympic 100m silver medallist, Tori Bowie of the United States, featuring in heat eight.

The first two in each heat and the six fastest losers will advance to tomorrow’s semi-finals.

Clive Pullen will, however, be Jamaica’s first athlete in action when he competes in the qualifying round of the men’s triple jump at 7:30 a.m.

The 21-year-old national champion, who is competing in his first Olympics, will be the 11th of 24 jumpers in group A. He will need to better his personal best of 16.90m or finish as at least the 12th best performer to advance to the final which has a qualifying mark of 16.95m.

First-time Olympian Aisha Praught will take her place in the final of the women’s 3000m steeplechase at 9:15 a.m.

Praught made the final after a successful appeal was filed on her, having finish eighth in her heat after tumbling over Ethiopia’s Etenesh Dirowho who has stopped to fix her shoe right in front of the Jamaican.

Jamaica’s 400m hurdles men will get their first taste of action at 9:35 a.m. when round one is slated to get underway.

Roxroy Cato, who placed third at the national trials, will be run out of lane seven in heat three.

Jaheel Hyde, who just 23 days ago won the IAAF World U20 Championships gold medal in the event, will run out of lane four in heat four.

Two-time defending national champion, Annsert Whyte, will occupy lane one in heat five where he will come up against world champion Nicholas Brett of Kenya.
The first three in each heat and the next six fastest will advance to tomorrow’s semi-final.

Clive Pullen:
Age: 22 years old
High School: Kingston College
            Tertiary Education: University of Arkansas
            Events: men’s triple Jump
            Personal Best: 16.90m
            Interesting Facts:
Is one of only three Jamaican men to qualify represent Jamaica in the triple jump at the Olympics with Henry Jackson the last to do so in 1972
Was this year’s National Collegiate Athletic Association indoor champion

Simone Facey
Age: 31 years old
High School: Vere Technical High School
            Tertiary Education: Barton County College then Texas A&M University
            Events: Women’s 200m, 4x100m relay
            Personal Best: 200m - 22.25s
            Interesting Facts:
Some parts of the community in which Facey grew up, Evergreen, Manchester, only got electricity in 2014
Facey is cousins with another member of Jamaica’s team in Rio, Sashalee Forbes, who forms part of the 4X100m pool.
Was a World Junior 100m silver medal winner in 2002

Elaine Thompson:
Age: 24 years old
High School: Manchester High School
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Events: Women’s 100m, 200m, 4X100m relay
Personal Best: 100m -10.70, 200m - 21.66
Interesting Facts:

Won silver in the women’s 200m at the 2015 World Championships in 21.66 seconds, the fifth-fastest time ever over the distance.
Jointly holds Jamaica’s national record in the women’s 100 of 10.70 with MVP club mate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Is the reigning national 100m champion

Veronica Campbell-Brown:
Age: 34 years old
High School: Vere Technical High School
            Tertiary Education: University of Arkansas
            Events: Women’s 200m, 4x100m relay
            Personal Best: 200m - 21.74s
            Interesting Facts:
VCB, as she is affectionately called, made her Olympic debut at age 18 winning silver as part of Jamaica’s 4X100m team at the 2000 Sydney Games to be the country’s youngest medal winner at the Games.
She is competing at an amasing fifth Olympics and has won at least one medal at each of her previous four
She has won 18 Olympic and World Championship medals to be one of the most decorated athletes in the history of track and field

Aisha Praught:
Age: 26 years old
High School: Moline High School
            Tertiary Education: Illinois State University
            Events: Women’s 1500m
            Personal Best: 1500m - 4:05.52s
            Interesting Facts:
Born in the United States Praught decided to represent the country after meeting her Jamaican father for the first time at age 24
Her biological father is reggae musician and producer Joseph Grant
Her step father became her official guardian at age 11 and gave her his last name
She did gymnastics and cheerleading growing up and has a black belt in Shorei Ryu karate

Roxroy Cato:
Age: 28 years old
High School: Green Island High School
            Tertiary Education:  Saint Augustine's University
            Events: men’s 400m hurdles
            Personal Best: 48.48s
            Interesting Facts:
He placed fifth in his Heat in a time of 49.03s at the 2012 Olympics.
Was a Pan American Games bronze medal winner last year

Jaheel Hyde:
Age: 19 years old
High School: Wolmer’s Boy School
            Tertiary Education: University of the West Indies, Mona
            Events: men’s 400m hurdles
            Personal Best: 48.81s
            Interesting Facts:
Won the 110m hurdles at the 2014 Youth Olympics and 2013 World Youth Championships before following up with victories in the 400m hurdles at the 2014 World Junior Championships and World Under20 championships
Is the national junior 400m hurdles record holder with his time of 48.81 seconds
He was a top footballer player and prolific goal scorer in high school, but made the decision to stick to track and field

Annsert Whyte:
Age: 29 years old
            Events: men’s 400m hurdles
            Personal Best: 48.58s
            Interesting Facts:
He is the two-time reigning 400m hurdles champion
He represented the country at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships reaching the semi-finals on both occasions, but this is his first Olympics