Back to form Blake wins 100m after Bolt's withdrawal
Elaine Thompson equals national record in women's 100m final
Last night's men's 100m final in the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships lived up to its top billing for all the wrong reasons.
First, Olympic Games double sprint champion Usain Bolt gave fans inside the National Stadium quite a scare as he failed to show for the final. After struggling to clock a pedestrian (for Bolt) 10.04 seconds to win semi-final one, the tall sprinter did not make an appearance in the final. Word out of Bolt's camp is that the athlete suffered a hamstring injury.
The final, which featured a conspicuously empty lane five, was even more controversial after a false start.
There was some confusion and loud protests from the spectators as Yohan Blake, who had finished second in semi-final two in 10.01, was shown the red card. In the video replay shown inside the Stadium, it appeared that the false start had come from Jason Livermore in lane one.
After further review by the judges, the entire field was shown a yellow card and the race began.
Ashmeade and Yohan Blake then battled to the finish with Blake prevailing in 9.95 seconds (+0.7 m/s), the same time with which he had earlier won semi-final two.
Ashmeade, who was second in that semi-final, was also second in 9.96s, while Jevaughn Minzie clocked a personal best 10.02 for third. Former national champion Asafa Powell was fourth in 10.03.
Meanwhile, Elaine Thompson was simply brilliant as she equalled Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce's national 100m record as she blazed to the finish line in the women's 100m final in 10.70 (+0.3m/s).
SHELLY LEFT BEHIND
Thompson, who had earlier sounded warning with a 10.85 semi-final win, again over Fraser-Pryce, left the Olympic champion, who has been struggling with a toe injury, well into second in 10.93.
Christania Williams was third in a personal best 10.97, while former national champion Veronica Campbell-Brown was fourth in 11.10.
Annsert Whyte led from start to finish to win the men's 400m hurdles title in 48.66. World Junior champion, Jaheel Hyde, who won the national junior title in the event two weeks ago, set a new national junior record of 48.81 bettering the previous mark of 49.16 in finishing second. Roxroy Cato was third in 48.96.
Ristananna Tracey was crowned national champion in the women's 400m hurdles after a stirring duel with Leah Nugent.
Tracey clocked 54.75 with Nugent second in 55.44. Former national champion Kaliese Spencer was third in 55.83.
"I ran hard for the first three hurdles just maintained my form and ran as fast as possible," Tracey said.
Former Manchester High star Chanice Porter claimed the long jump with a distance of 6.59m. Jessica Noble of the University of Technology was second in 6.28m, while Tricia Moss, 6.13m, took third.
Meanwhile, MVP's Rusheen McDonald, the national record holder, recorded the fastest qualifying time in advancing to today's semi-finals of the men's 400m. McDonald posted 45.99 to win heat one ahead of St Jago High's Nathon Allen, 46.18.
Javon Francis won his heat in 47.22 with Ricardo Chambers taking the final heat in 46.60. Calabar High's Christopher Taylor clocked 46.25 to take his heat.
On the women's side, Cameron Blazers' Christine Day recorded the fastest qualifying time in advancing to the semi-finals. Day, racing in the fourth and final heat, clocked a brisk 50.78. Chrisann Gordon, running unattached, was second in 51.65 with Tiffany James of Cameron Blazers third in 54.04. Novlene Williams-Mills and Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby battled to finish line in heat three with Williams-Mills prevailing in a time of 52.51, as McLaughlin-Whilby finished second in 52.74.
World Championship bronze medallist Shericka Jackson was comfortable in winning heat two in a time of 52.74 seconds. Soniqua Walker was second in 52.97 ahead of Patricia Hall, 53.73
Stephenie Ann McPherson won the first heat in 53.31 running away from Anastasia LeRoy, 53.31, and Titania Markland in 53.55.