Blazing Blake: Yohan lights up UWI with season best 200m
Raymond Graham, Sunday Gleaner Writer
RACERS Track Club's Yohan Blake was in blazing form at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Invitational track and field meet yesterday, as he raced to a world leading 20.37 seconds to capture the men's Olympic 200 metres.
Blake, the former St Jago High sprinter, underlined his ability last year when he went sub-10 and sub-20 seconds over the 100 and 200 metres, respectively.
Yesterday he gave the fans something special as despite easing up some 10 metres from the finishing line, Blake was still able to clock a fast time as he relegated teammate Edino Steele into second place in 20.77 seconds.
Racers actually dominated the event as Kenroy Anderson won his heat in 20.66 seconds for second overall.
Blake was very pleased with his run.
"I feel good about my time as I came to run this event to work on the curve, and after easing up near to the finish line I am happy to run so fast," said Blake. "This is a good start for me and I hope my coach will allow me to run both sprints at the Trials this year."
Bridgeport High School's outstanding sprinter, Jahzeel Murphy, continued his impressive return to competition after missing most of last season with a with a right hamstring injury, as he gave another fine display in the boys Class One 100 metres.
Competing in the first heat, the 2009 CARIFTA Games double sprint champion, despite looking a little bit tight in the first 20 metres, found top gear in the final 80 metres to motor away from his opponents for a 10.52-second clocking.
Racers' Kemar Bailey-Cole, the former Old Harbour High athlete, recorded the second-fastest time among Class One boys, as he captured his heat in 10.57 seconds.
Manchester High's Lennox Campbell and Wolmer's Boys' Jordan James look set to capture the respective Class Two and Three 400 metres at Champs, as they produced record-breaking performances.
Williams, running out of lane eight in his heat, showed too much class for his opponents as he cruised to an easy win in 48.94 seconds to erase the 49.49-second mark of Calabar's High's Carlton Cousins.
"I was very easy today and to run a record I am very excited and I am looking to defend my title successfully," said Campbell.
James continued to be elusive in Class Three as he showed too much class for the field to destroy Jamaica College's Jordan Edwards' mark of 53.48 seconds, with an impressive 50.85 seconds. His teammate, Dujon Wilson, finished second overall in 52.42 seconds.
St Jago's boys made a clean sweep in the boys Open 2000 metres steeplechase, which will be a new event at Champs this year. Milo Central Champs winner Webster Chung made it two wins in-a-row as he captured heat one in 6:18.24, while his teammate Sanjay Pantry captured heat two in 6:23.61 for second overall. Rushane Johnson finished third overall in 6:30.81.
In the female equivalent, the vastly-improved Dezrine Montique of Edwin Allen pulled away from Holmwood Technical's Amoy Bailey in the final 90 metres to win in 7:20.85, as Bailey was timed in 7:21.99 for second.
Jamaica College's Edward Clarke and Calabar's Michael Oharo were tops in the Class Two and Three 100 metres, respectively. Clarke stopped the clock at 11.23 seconds, with Oharo registering 11.79 seconds to get the better of Wolmer's Boy's Karey Kelly, who was timed in 11.91 seconds.