Ja ensure World Champs options

July 26, 2017

JAMAICA has safeguarded against a repeat of the 2015 World Championships at which there was no replacement available for injured Kemar Bailey-Cole. The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) has made sure to name all its alternate athletes for this year's event in London ahead of time.

On Tuesday, a team list of 59 athletes to next month's IAAF World Championships in London was named, including 100-metre hurdles World Youth Champion Dejour Russell of Calabar, Andrae Clarke, and Kenroy Anderson.

Clarke was fourth in the men's 400-metre hurdles at June's National Senior Championships. Anderson had finished fourth in the men's 200m.

However, a short time later JAAA released an amended list with only 26 male athletes, as well as an apology, stating that Russell, Clarke and Anderson were alternatives and had been named in error.

Yesterday, JAAA general secretary, Garth Gayle, told STAR Sports the trio were named to ensure that if there are any mishaps, Jamaica would be able to bring in a new athlete without hiccup.

In 2015, the IAAF's technical team denied permission to Carter, who had won bronze in the men's 100 metres at the Moscow World Championships and had finished fourth in the event at the Jamaica National Championships.


World-leading performances


Carter was hoping to replace an injured Bailey-Cole in the men's 100m in Beijing. Carter was not allowed to run because he had not been named by the JAAA as an alternate when they had submitted the final World Champs team list to the IAAF.

Meanwhile, there have been suggestions that Russell, who also won the 100m hurdles at Boys Championships in April, should have been named on the team, given his age-group world leading performances this year.

"Dejour is an alternate. He finished fourth at the National Championships. Alternates are alternates. They are only called upon if the need arises. They, if the need arises, can be called upon to travel to the Championships in replacement of an injured athlete," Gayle said.

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