Olympic champions rule
Published: Sunday | June 28, 2009
Olympic champion and world-record holder Usain Bolt (left), taking the National men's 100 metres title at the National Stadium last night. Bolt won in a world-leading 9.86 seconds ahead of Asafa Powell (centre), 9.97, and Michael Frater, 10.02. - Ian Allen/Staff Photographer
Beijing Olympic champions, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser, raced to world-leading times to take the men's and women's 100 metres races last night at the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships at the National Stadium.
Bolt, running into a negative wind, (-0.2 metres per second), stopped the clock at 9.86 seconds. He had enough time to slow down ahead of Asafa Powell (9.97) and Michael Frater (10.02).
Bolt said, "The run shows that I am getting into shape. It (the race) was good. I am just happy that I finished injury-free and I am feeling good ... . I am now looking forward to getting into better shape."
In the women's event, Fraser, who was confronted by a stronger headwind (minus 1.5 mps) clocked 10.88 seconds.
"I am excited," the diminutive Fraser said after her win.
Kerron Stewart was second in 10.93 while Sheri-Ann Brooks was third in 11.16.
Earlier in the semi-finals, Fraser led the qualifiers with 11.19 to win heat one. Stewart (11.34) won heat two.
Sherone Simpson, the joint Olympic 100m silver medallist, who was running her first race of the season, finished fifth in heat two, 10th overall in 11.64 and did not reach the final.
In the 400m hurdles, Isa Phillips and Olympic champion Melaine Walker were the winners.
Phillips won the men's event in personal best and world-leading 48.05 seconds, ahead of Danny McFarlane (48.54).
just in time
Walker (54.70) got up just in time to clip her MVP Track Club teammate Kaliese Spencer (54.71) on the line.
In the women's 400m, Shericka Williams (50.88), Novlene Williams-Mills (51.05), Shereefa Lloyd (51.49), Bobby-Gaye Wilkins (52.02), Rosemarie White (51.59), Anastasia Le-Roy (52.58), Christine Day (51.70), Clora Williams (52.97) are the eight qualifiers for today's final.
In the men's event, Ricardo Chambers (45.43), Allodin Fothergill (45.48), Dane Hyatt (45.56), Oral Thompson (46.01), all from semi-final one, and Leford Green (46.41), Lansford Spence (46.43), Jermaine Gonzales (46.46) and Sanjay Ayre (46.46) were the qualifiers for the final.
The action begins today at 5:15 p.m. with the last event, the men's 200 metres final, set for 7:55 p.m.