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100-metre finals on show at National Trials today

Published:Friday | June 21, 2013 | 10:06 AM

The four-day National Senior Championship, to select Jamaica’s team to this summer’s World Championship in Russia, heats up today at the National Stadium with the men’s and women’s 100-metre finals.

The semi-finals of the sprint events will take place two hours before the finals.

The world’s fastest man Usain Bolt and former 100-metre world record holder Asafa Powell enter the semi-finals with the two fastest times.

Bolt cruised to 10 seconds flat to win his heat last night.

That time represents his second fastest this season.

He will run in Heat One of the semi-finals at 7:25 in the evening.

Powell, returning from injury, also was in cruise control.

He won the fourth and final heat in 10.02 seconds.

Nickel Ashmade finished second in 10.05 seconds.

Nesta Carter had a scare as after easing up, was beaten by Sheldon Mitchell and Oshane Bailey.

However, Cater clocked 10.17 for third place to book an automatic spot.

Mitchell won the event in a personal-best 10.11, while Bailey clocked 10.12.

Powell and Carter will run the the second and final semi-finals.

The women’s 100-metre dash starts with the semi-final round.

The opening semi-final is set to start at 7:15 in the afternoon.

Double Olympic 100-metre champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will not compete.

She has already booked her ticket for the World Championship as the defending champion.

Kerron Stewart and Sherone Simpson face off in Heat 1, while Carrie Russell and Sheri-Ann Brooks are in Heat 2.

Today’s second day will also feature the men’s and women’s 400-metre hurdle finals along with the fifteen hundred and men’s 5,000 metre finals.

The men’s triple jump, women’s discus and women’s long jump finals are also slated for today.

Action starts today at 5 p.m. with the men's triple jump final.


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