Melton Williams, Gleaner Writer
Olympic champion Melaine Walker and her MVP teammate Kaliese Spencer are safely through to the final of the women’s 400-metre hurdles, as the Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships got underway earlier today.
The championships are being staged at the National Stadium and will be used to select Jamaica’s track and field team to the London Olympics.
Walker advanced to tomorrow’s final with the fastest qualifying time. She clocked 54.88 seconds to win Heat 2.
Young Ristananna Tracey of Racers Track Club finished fifth in that heat and also qualified for the final. She clocked 57.92 seconds.
Spencer won Heat 3 in 55.92 seconds to book her spot in the final.
In the men’s 400-metre hurdles, Josef Robertson advanced to the final with the fastest qualifying time. Robertson clocked 50.03 seconds to win Heat 1.
Leaford Green won Heat 2 in 50.57 to beat veteran Danny McFarlane, who clocked 50.96. Both are through to the final, along with Bryan Steel who clocked 50.14 to win Heat 3.
The morning session is now completed. The evening session begins at 5.30 and ends at 7.15.
As usual, most attentions will be focused on the men’s 100-metre field.
The world’s fastest man Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell head the field. They will be in action in the evening session.
Relay gold medallists Michael Frater and Nesta Carter, Commonwealth Games champion Lerone Clarke Mario Forsythe are all bidding to make Friday's final.
Only the top three will qualify for London 2012.
Olympic 100-metre champion Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, two-time Olympic 200 metre winner Veronica Campbell Brown and Kerron Stewart are among the top athletes competing in the women’s 100 metres.