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Tracey impresses at Olympic trials

Published:Friday | July 1, 2016 | 10:01 PMRaymond Graham
Christine Day clocking a very good 50.78 to capture her 400 metres heat from Chrisann Gordon 51.64 and Tiffany James 54.04.
Ristananna Tracey (left) winning the women's 400m hurdles event at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships at the National Stadium last night.
Elaine Thompson (centre) powers to a win in the women’s 100m at the JAAA-Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships in 10.70 seconds. Christania Williams (right) finishes second, with Simone Facey in fifth.

Usain Bolt withdrew from the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships because of an hamstring injury and must prove his fitness before the JAAA names its team to the Rio Olympic Games, but Yohan Blake and Elaine Thompson thrilled in the 100m finals.

Blake won the men's event in 9.95 seconds, ahead of Nickel Ashmeade, 9.96 and Jevaughn Minzie, 10.02, with Asafa Powell finishing fourth in 10.03. The start of the event was delayed after Blake was mistakenly shown a red card for a false start. Jason Livermore looked to be the guilty party on television replays.

In the women's equivalent, Thompson equalled the national record of 10.70 in a new PB, with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce finishing second in 10.93 and Christania Williams, 10.97. Veronica Campbell-Brown was fourth in 11.10.

Ristananna Tracey and Anssert Whyte ruled supreme in the women's and men's 400m hurdles events.

Tracey, showing some of her good form this season, was impressive as she ran strong throughout to win in a season-best 54.75 seconds. Coming in second was overseas-based Leah Nugent in 55.44 seconds as Kaliese Spencer finished a disappointing third in 55.83 seconds.

Whyte improved on his second-place finish from a year ago by winning, and controlled the race from start to finish to clock 48.66 seconds. World Junior champion Jaheel Hyde, showing great improvement, finished strongly for second in a new national junior record of 48.66 seconds, while defending champion Roxroy Cato finished third in 48.96 seconds.

Kemoy Campbell retained his 5000m title, dismissing his rivals to win the event in 13:42.84. Second went to Dwyane Graham in 15:42.84 with Robin Rowe finishing third in 16:31.66.


Defending champion Chanice Porter won the women's long jump finals after a leap of 6.59m, getting the better of Jessica Boble, 6.28m, and Tiana Moss getting third with 6.13m.

Tarasue Barnett came out on top in a very competitive discus women's final, winning with a throw of 59.03m. Shadae Lawrence was second with 58.95m, with favourite Kellion Knibb relegated to third with 57.56m. All three had already attained the Olympic qualifying distance of 61.00m.

In the first track event on the day, the first round of the women's 400m, defending champion Christine Day led the way and won her heat in a season-best 50.78 seconds to be the fastest qualifier for today's semi-finals. Chris-Ann Gordon finished second on 51.65 seconds, with Tiffany James getting third on 54.94 seconds.

Stephenie-Ann McPherson had earlier won the opening heat in 52.10 seconds, ahead of Anastasia Le-Roy, who was second in 53.31 seconds as Titania Marland was third on 53.55 seconds.

Shericka Jackson was in front on heat two in 52.74 seconds, with Soniqua Walker second on 52.97 seconds. It was first for Novlene Williams - Mills in her heat in 52.51 seconds, ahead of Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby in 52.74 seconds. The semi-finals will run off at 6:50 p.m.

In the men's event, Peter Matthews, running in heat five, was the fastest of the round, winning in 45.77 seconds, ahead of Fitzroy Dunkley, who was second in 46.16 seconds.