Massive upset by Ronda Whyte in 400m hurdles
SPRINTEC Track Club's Ronda Whyte created a massive upset in the women's 400 metres hurdles final last night at the JAAA National Senior Championships inside the National Stadium.
Whyte who entered the event as a big outsider won going away in a personal best 54.20 seconds.
Running out of lane six, Whyte who clocked sub-55 seconds for the first time in the semi-finals ran a controlled race before exploding in the final 50 metres to beat defending champion Ristananna Tracy.. Tracy who, like Whyte, is conditioned by Maurice Wilson was second in 54.49 as Leah Nugent placed third in 54.54. Pre-meet favourite Janieve Russell who went out very faded in the end to finish fourth.
Whyte was overjoyed with her win.
"I feel really great to come here and defeat a strong field like this and I am overwhelmed. The past two years have been tough for me as injuries have derailed my progress but thank God for the win,"' she said.
It was a battle to the finish in the men's event as pre race favourites Jaheel Hyde and Kemar Mowatt had a battle royal to the line. Both clocked identical times of 48.53 with Ricardo Cunningham placing third in a personal best 48.83.
Former St Jago High thrower Kellion Knibb stole the spotlight in the field events as the Florida State University athlete turned the tables on NCAA champion, Shadae Lawrence by taking the women's discus in a new national record of 62.73m. The old mark was 62.59m. Isheka Binns of UWI finished second with 58.84m and Samantha Hall was third with 58.75 metres.
World and Olympic 400m bronze medallist, Shericka Jackson, is the fastest qualifier among the females after winning her heat in a season's best 51.01. NCAA champion Chris Ann Gordon is the second fastest after topping her heat in 51.15.
Christine Day, in a season's best 51.34 and veteran Novlene Williams-Mills (51.92) were the other heat winners.
Both Demish Gaye and Nathan Allen looked easy in winning their heats to advance to today's men's 400m semi-finals. Gaye is the fastest qualifier after taking his heat in 46.02 while Allen clocked 46.06 in winning his heat. Other heat winners were Rushane McDonald 46.05, Jamari Rose 46.60 and Steven Gayle 46.72.
Akeem Bloomfield, one of the pre-race meet favourites, finished fifth in his heat in 48.07. He appears to be nursing an injury is unlikely to take any further part in the Championships.