Drama continues as National Championships close

July 04, 2016
Shanieka Thomas leaps to second place in the women's long jump at the national senior championships. Ricardo Makyn
Javon Francis (centre) powers victory in the men's 400m. At left Julien dunkley and right Nathon Allen. Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer
Stephenie-Ann McPherson (centre) wins the women's 400m in a time of 50.04 seconds. Christine Day (left) finishes second in 50.29 while Novlene Williams-Mills ends fourth in 50.64 in the final at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association National Senior Championships at the National Stadium, yesterday. Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

There was high drama in the final event of the four-day Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships at the National Stadium last night.

World Championships 100 metres hurdles gold medallist Danielle Williams hit the fifth hurdle crashing out of the race after a tight battle with Megan Simmonds who went on to win her first national senior title in a personal best of 12.79 seconds.

Danielle's sister, Shermaine Williams finished second in 12.90 seconds while veteran, Nickeisha Wilson, a former 400m hurdles representative for Jamaica finished third in 12.97 seconds.

As he did four years ago, Yohan Blake was crowned double sprint champion after winning the men's 200m in 20.29 seconds to be the only double winner of the meet. Blake won the 100m on Friday.

wonderful feeling

Blake also got the better of his former St. Jago High teammate Nickel Ashmeade second in 20.45 seconds, the same time done by third place Julian Forte.

"God is good," said Blake. "To know that I won the double four years ago and to come back and do so once again it is a wonderful feeling and definitely I will just go back in training and work harder," said Blake.

A new champion was crowned in the women's 200m. Making a comeback this season, former Vere Technical athlete, Simone Facey was quickest out of the blocks pulling away from the field on the straightaway to fend off the challenge of veteran, Veronica Campbell-Brown to win in 22.65 seconds.

Campbell-Brown ended second in 22.80 seconds with third going to Kali Davis-Whyte in 22.94 seconds.

The MVP pair of Elaine Thompson the 100m champion and silver medallist, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce failed to report to the start of the event.

Billed as the event of the meet, the women's 400 metres was not disappointing. In a very exciting and competitive affair Stephenie-Ann McPherson captured her first national title after out duelling her rivals to win in a season's best 50.04 seconds.

coach advise

McPherson engaged in a battle royal on the back stretch with Novlene Williams-Mills, Shericka Jackson and Christine Day.

All four athletes came on the straightaway locked together but in the end it was McPherson who prevailed.

Day was second in a season's best 50.29 seconds while it was also season best for Jackson third in 50.43 seconds. Many-time champion Williams-Williams had to settle for fourth on 50.64.

"I am happy for the win and it was very windy on the back stretch but I just followed my coach advise on how to deal with that and although I am not pleased with my time, said McPherson.

Javon Francis once again proved that he is the best Jamaican over the 400m.

He won in 44.95 seconds. Fitzroy Dunkley was second in 45.35, with former St Jago High standout, Nathon Allen third in 45.52.

In the field, World Championships bronze medallist O'Dayne Richards led the way. He won the men's shot put in an Olympic qualifying standard of 20.82m. Second went to Ashinia Miller with 19.21m, with Warren Barrett Jr third with 17.38m.

Kimberley Williams continued her good form by winning the triple jump with 14.66m. Shanieka Thomas was second with 14.44m. Shadae Lawrence was third with 13.28m.

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