Champs 2017 : Speed test

March 31, 2017
Kevona Davis

Brace yourselves as some of the planet's most gifted youngsters get ready to unleash some speed at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships inside the National Stadium.

Jamaica isn't called the 'Sprint Factory' by chance, and the latest batch of speed merchants are looking to show that the conveyor belt is still turning ahead of today's fourth day of competition, which will be highlighted by the 100m semi-finals and finals.

The Class One clash between Kingston College flag-bearer Jhevaughn Matherson and Calabar's Michael Stephens will no doubt turn every head inside the National Stadium tonight.




Matherson was comfortable in qualifying for the semi-finals, which gets under way at 4 p.m., bouncing to a 10.76 win in his heat. Last year's bronze medal winner will walk inside the National Stadium as the big favourite for the gold medal, but heavy is the head that wears the crown.

On the prowl will be a Calabar lion. Stephens, the Class Two champion clocked 10.82 in qualifying, and will have no fear when he lines up against his KC rival. They are the only two scholars to have gone under 10.40 seconds this season and it will take that sort of time to secure the top spot on the podium in this one. 10.12 seconds is the record - that was set in 2014 by KC's Zharnel Hughes. Watch the clock today, that might very well come under threat.

Also looking to get in on the action will be the returning Tyreke Wilson - back from injury and with a point to prove, the Calabar man eased to 10.77 seconds and will certainly have something to say in this one.

In Class Two, Xavier Nairne from Wolmer's finished way down the track in the final last year but he seems a totally different creature this season and with a 10.91 run under his belt in these championships, the likes of Sachin Dennis (STETHS), who ran 10.97 in the opening round but has 10.6 speed, as well as JC's Michali Everett will have their work cut out for them.

All eyes will be on Edwin Allen's Kevona Davis in the Class Three 100m final who will be eager to test Shauna Helps' record of 11.50 seconds set in 2012.

Davis has been in splendid form this season and after winning the sprint double a year ago, she has returned a cut above the rest. Despite the talent of Holmwood's Sasheika Steele and others, no one is beating the Edwin Allen girl this year.

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