Weir makes 'statement'
Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Olympic bronze medallist Warren Weir displayed similar swag to that of his Racers clubmate Usain Bolt, as he approached the finish line with arms outstretched followed by a thumping of the chest as he crossed it to capture the men's 200m. The slim-built sprinter brought the curtains down in emphatic style on yesterday's ultimate day of competition at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association/Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Championships.
Weir, who along with Bolt and Yohan Blake had captured all three medals on offer in the half-lap event at the London Olympics, was as comfortable as he was impressive, winning in a personal best 19.79 seconds.
"I am just letting the world know and Jamaica know it wasn't a fluke; this one is for real," said Weir after the race. "I wanted to run a fast time, to win and make a statement, and I think I accomplished that."
Last season's 200m Diamond League champion Nickel Ashmeade had to settle for second in 20.06, with Jason Livermore third in 20.13, as both booked their places for the sprint double at this summer's World Championships.
Olympic 200m silver medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce romped to victory in the women's equivalent, as she was unchallenged from start to finish, winning in 22.13 seconds.
"I am very happy this evening because I think I executed well," Fraser-Pryce shared. "Overall, I am pleased with the time, and the season is still young and many more races [are] to come."
Sherone Simpson also booked her place for the sprint double, as she was second in 22.55, with Anneisha McLaughlin third - to complete the MVP sweep - in a time of 22.58.
Novlene Williams-Mills saw off the challenge of new kid on the block Stephenie-Ann McPherson to retain her national 400m title after coming home in 50.01 seconds.
McPherson was second in 50.28 seconds, with Patricia Hall third in 51.13.
The men's 400m saw the emergence of a new national champion, as Javere Bell, out of Cameron Blazers, stopped the clock in a personal best 45.08.
Bell was followed home by phenomenal 18-year-old Calabar student Javon Francis, who crossed the finish line in a personal best time of 45.24, just .03 seconds outside of the junior national record. Francis' time earned him a place on the team to the World Championships. Akheem Gauntlett was third in 45.48.
The women's 100m hurdles was a family affair, as two sisters secured places on Jamaica's World Championships team. The event was won by Danielle Williams in an impressive personal best, 12.69 seconds.
Her sister Shermaine Williams (12.92) placed third, behind Andrea Bliss (12.82).
In the field events, Kimberly Williams won the triple jump with 14.40m, right on the mark for the World Championships A qualifying standard. Trecia-Kaye Smith (14.18m), the 2005 World Championships gold medallist, was second, while Shanieka Thomas (13.97) placed third.