Photo: Kingston College’s top athlete, Akeem Bloomfield, who executed a decent 200m race secured victory in a creditable 20.66 seconds.
With less than two months to the National Senior Trials, where athletes will vie for a chance to represent Jamaica at this Summer Olympics in Rio, several of the country’s young established and potential stars showed signs of readiness to rumble with the veterans inside the National Stadium in Kingston with eye-catching performances at the weekend.
Photo; Asafa Powell wins the Men's 200m at the Jamaica International Invitational Meet on Saturday.
Elaine Thompson’s wind-aided victory in the Women’s 100m of 10.71s – Thompson, the World Championship silver medalist from Beijing defender her JIIM 100m title in fine style.
Javon Francis’s stellar performance in the Mens 400m – Francis ran a well timed race to win in 44.85s, the best performance by a Jamaican over the distance this season.
Photo: Elaine Thompson wins the 100m ahead of English Gardener at the Jamaica International Invitational Meet on Saturday in Kingston, Jamaica.
World Championship silver medallist Elaine Thompson defended her 100m crown in a sizzling wind-assisted 10.71 seconds (+2.4m/s) at the 13th staging of the Jamaica International Invitational Meet (JIIM) on Saturday, inside the National Stadium.
The 2015 National 200m champion blew away the field, including American English Gardner who was second in 10.85 seconds and Trinidadian Michelle-Lee Ahye who secured third in 10.98 seconds.
Photo: World Championship 200m silver medalist Elaine Thompson will face nemesis Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands and Allyson Felix of the USA tomorrow in a monumental showdown in Brussels.
Unlike the top two male sprinters at the Beijing World Championship Justin Gatlin and Usain Bolt who choose not to go head to head at the series ending AG Insurance Van Damme Brussels, Belgium Diamond League, fans need not to be dismayed, because the women’s 200m will be a thriller, not just two, but three the hard way, or rather the fast way.
Photo: The irrepressible Elaine Thompson
In her post-race comments at 15th IAAF World Championship, the 200m silver medalist Elaine Thompson mentioned the word “scared”.
“The first time in the 200m, I was scared when my coach told me that I was going to run it at the trials. I was like wow, no 100m for me, but I just worked with him; he is a good coach and anything he has in store for me, I just work with him," said Thompson.
Photo: World 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will line up against Elaine Thompson in the Stockholm Diamond League tomorrow.
The Letzigrund Stadium will play host to the highly anticipated rematch and renewed rivalry, in the IAAF Diamond League Series for 2015. The Weltklasse Zürich 2015 meeting scheduled for this Thursday, September 3, is the 13th stop, and the penultimate meeting for 2015.