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Whyte clocks 48.69 over 400m hurdles

Published:Friday | June 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer

RACERS Track Club's Answert Whyte stole the spotlight on yesterday's opening day of the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships at the National Stadium as he posted a personal best 48.69 seconds in winning heat two of the men's 400 metres hurdles to be the fastest qualifier for today's final.

Whyte, who has only been running the event for two years, slammed his rivals, including defending and four-time National champion Leford Green. Green had to settle for second in 50.14 with Josef Robertson, third in 51.10. Whyte's previous best was 49.17. The time is the second fastest by a Jamaican this season, behind Roxroy Cato's 48.67.

Earlier Cato won the first heat in 49.96 getting the better of former champion Isa Phillips, 50.43. Canadian Emmanuel Myers crossed the line second in 50.24 but he is only running as a guest at the meet.

Women's 400m hurdles

World leader, Kaliese Spencer, won heat one of the women's event in 54.63 ahead of Janieve Russell (56.05) and Shevon Stoddart, 56.76.

Nickiesha Wilson won a competitive heat two in 55.80 as Nikita Tracy, who stumbled at the final hurdle, but still got second in 55.94 to edge out her sister, Ristananna who was third in 56.04.

Powell, Frater out

There was also action in the men's 100 metres where former world record holder Asafa Powell was a late withdrawal due to stomach cramps. Michael Frater is also out with an eye injury.

Kemar Bailey-Cole led the way in heat one winning in 9.95 seconds. He got the better of Odean Skeen (10.12) and Oshane Bailey (10.13).

Nickel Ashmeade topped heat two in 10.12 ahead of Kimmai Roache (10.27) and Kenroy Anderson (10.28).

Andrew Fisher won heat three in a personal best 10.09, ahead of Nesta Carter (10.12) and Winston Barnes, 10.21.

Julian Forte took the final heat in 10.05 ahead of Jason Livermore, 10.24, and Romel Lewis, 10.30.

The women's 100m will begin at the semi-final stage today at 7:15 p.m.