Orrin Powell wins first gold medal at National Trials
Jamaica record holder in the javelin Orrin Powell won the only final contested on the opening day of the National Senior Championships.
Powell of G.C. Foster College won the men’s javelin with a throw of 68.96 metres.
However, that effort will not book his ticket to the World Championship in Russia as the mark is well below the international qualifying standard required by track and field’s governing body.
There are two international qualifying standards set by the International Association of Athletics Federations.
There is a ‘A’ standard of 83.50 metres and a ‘B’ standard is 81 metres flat.
Zaavan Richards of Kingston College finished second with an effort of 59.67 metres.
Former Jamaican junior middle distance star Kemoy Campbell will seek a place in Jamaica’s track and field history today.
Campbell will try to become the first Jamaican to qualify for the 5,000-metre event at a World Championships.
The ‘A’ standard for the event is 13:12 flat, while the ‘B’ standard is 13:20 flat.
Campbell’s best time is a national record 13:32.82, just outside the 'B' standard.
Campbell achieved the national record this year while competing for the University of Arkansas.
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