Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Yohan 'The Beast' Blake and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce sent shockwaves across the track and field world, as they disturbed the status quo following impressive wins over the reigning Olympic champions, Usain Bolt and Veronica Campbell-Brown, respectively, on yesterday's fourth and ultimate day of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships at the National Stadium.
Blake and Fraser-Pryce thus claimed the sprint double, having won the 100m on day two of the four-day trials staged to select Jamaica's team to the 2012 London Olympics Games, which runs off in the next 25 days.
Blake stopped the clock at 19.80 seconds (wind/speed -0.5) to take the event in what represented the fastest time over the distance this year, to go with his 9.75 seconds victory in the 100m.
"This feels really good, I can't complain," Blake expressed. "I wasn't surprised because I was working hard."
"But I know Usain's strength and his level ... he has not been 100 per cent so I will just concentrate on getting ready for the Olympics now," he added.
Triple Olympic champion and world-record holder, Bolt, was seen grimacing as he was chased down and passed by 'The Beast' and forced to settle for the unusual position of second place in a time of 19.83 seconds.
"I'm glad for Yohan (Blake), he has been training hard and getting better, I am happy for him. For me it's back to the drawing board and time to get the job done," Bolt said.
Warren Weir got just reward for the steady improvement he has shown this season with a third-place finish in 20.03 seconds.
'Pocket Rocket' Fraser-Pryce showed that she has added speed endurance to her armoury, as she outclassed a quality 200 metres field on her way to a new personal best (PB) of 22.10 seconds (w/s +0.6); .05 seconds better than her previous PB of 22.15 set back in 2008. The reigning 100 metres Olympic champion clocked 10.70 to win the 100 final on Friday.
"I am tired ... it's a PB and I have to give God thanks," Fraser-Pryce disclosed after the race.
"Today, was about execution, not so much about the win. I was happy that I was able to run the corner well and then come out strong on the stretch," she added.
Sherone Simpson ran on to snatch second with a season best posting of 22.34 seconds, to improve on the 22.66 seconds she ran in the semi-finals.
Campbell-Brown, who has won two Olympic and one World Championships gold medal in the event, uncharacteristically faded as she approached the finishing line to place third in 22.42 seconds.
"I am happy that I made the team, that was my objective, to come here and qualify in my event so I have to be thankful," Campbell-Brown reasoned.
"All is well, I am very confident and faithful. (It's) not every time I can win and I understand that," she added.
World champion and national record holder, Brigitte Foster-Hylton, showed that she is getting back to top form as she captured the women's 100 metres hurdles in grand style.
The 37-year-old, who had suffered a serious hamstring injury to her left leg in 2010, clocked 12.68 seconds to take the event ahead of MVP clubmate Latoya Greaves (12.77). Shermaine Williams was third in 12.78 seconds.
World Championships silver medallist and pre-race favourite, Novlene Williams-Mills, duly obliged in the women's 400 metres, as she outlasted the field to win in 50.60 seconds.
Rosemarie Whyte was not too far behind in 50.78 seconds, with rising star Christine Day claiming third in 51.00 seconds.
Shericka Williams, who won silver medals at the 2008 Olympics and 2009 World Championships, failed to qualify for the individual 400 metres after placing fourth in 51.39 seconds.
There was an upset on the men's side as Dane Hyatt outclassed the field, which consisted of national record holder Jermaine Gonzales, to take the event in a new PB, 44.83 seconds. The 28-year-old's previous PB was 45.56 seconds.
Rusheen McDonald was second in 45.10 seconds, an improvement of .13 seconds on his previous PB of 45.23 seconds.
Gonzales, though finishing third, booked his place on the team to London with a time of 45.18 seconds.
Dorian Scott achieved the Olympics 'A' qualifying standard (20.50 metres) in the shot put after throwing a season best of 20.72m to surpass his previous (SB) of 20.23m. O'Dayne Richards (19.92m) and Raymond Brown (19.41m) claimed second and third, respectively.
In the women's triple jump, Kimberly Williams also bettered the Olympics 'A' qualifying standard (14.30 metres) with her leap of 14.52m. Second went to 2005 World Championships gold medallist, Trecia-Kaye Smith (13.94), while Shanieka Thomas (13.64) placed third.
Saniel Atkinson-Grier won the women's high jump with her clearance of 1.89 metres, a new PB, as she had only previously cleared a height of 1.85 metres. Former national champion, Sheree Francis-Ruff, placed second (1.86m), but had to be stretchered off after she appeared to have twisted her left hamstring. Peaches Roach-Findley (1.80m) was third.
Kateema Riettie won the women's javelin throw with a distance of 53.51 metres. Olivia McKoy was second with 50.51m, while third went to Fayon Gonzales (33.17m).