Ja stars seek Indoor glory
Outdoor sprint hurdles World champion Danielle Williams and former world record holder Asafa Powell are the headliners on Jamaica's World Indoor team, they will also headline Jamaica's start of competition at the IAAF World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Centre here, today.
Powell, the former 100m world record holder, will compete in the men's 60m at 4:20 p.m. Jamaica time, while Williams lines up in the 60m hurdles a little over an hour later.
The men's 60m also features Kevaughn Rattray and Odean Skeen, while Williams will be the lone flag bearer in the hurdles.
New Mexico Highlands University student Salcia Slack opens up competition for the Jamaicans at 1:15 p.m. in the pentathlon 60m hurdles, where she will face competition from the reigning world silver medallist Brianne Thiesen-Eaton of Canada.
Slack is recovering from a bout of pneumonia which she was only diagnosed a week ago but said otherwise, she was injury free.
"I have no major injuries. I heard a lot of things be going around that I have different things. There is nothing like that," she told STAR Sports.
Slack will compete in all five events - 60m hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump, and 800m - today.
The 400m for both male and female will be the next event for local athletes.
Ricardo Chambers and Fitzroy Dunkley will compete in the men's event at 1:45 p.m., while Chris-Ann Gordon, Patricia Hall-Pritchett, and Stephenie Ann McPherson will be in action in the women's equivalent immediately after.
University of Arkansas student, Kemoy Campbell, lines up in the men's 3000m at 3:05 p.m.
Team coach Maurice Westney had a few ideas on athletes he thought may medal this weekend.
"I am not a great predictor but it looks as if we will get a few medals from our relay teams, Asafa (Powell), Omar (McLeod) and Kemoy Campbell," Westney told STAR Sports.
Technical leader Fitz Coleman was more reserved in his predictions.
"I think it puts a bit of a price on our heads when we talk about expectations. What we want to know is that they're physically and mentally ready to compete and they are," he said.
Today's schedule (Ja athletes)
1:15 p.m: W 60m hurdles Pentathlon
1:45 p.m: M 400m heats
2:15 p.m: W high jump pentathlon
2:25 p.m: W 400m heats
3:05 p.m: M 3000m heats
4:20 p.m: M 60m heats
4:25 p.m: W shot put pentathlon
7:15 p.m: W long jump pentathlon
7:35 p.m: W 60m hurdles heats
8:00 p.m: M 60m semi-final
9:25 p.m: W 400m semi-final
9:45 p.m: M 400m semi-final
10:10 p.m: W 800m pentathlon
10:30 p.m: W 60m hurdles final
10:40 p.m: M 60m final