A round-up of some of the latest news and results from the world of the sport, including performances at the Jamaican Olympic trials and details on injured Usain Bolt’s possible route to Rio
Blake does double, McPherson wins 400m in Kingston
Yohan Blake completed a sprint double on the final day of the Jamaican Olympic trials with a 20.29 (-1.5) 200m win clearly ahead of Nickel Ashmeade who secured another second place finish in 20.45. Julian Forte was third in 20.45 over Olympic medallist Warren Weir with 20.50.
Stephenie-Ann McPherson won the women’s 400m final in 50.04 ahead of Christine Day’s 50.29, Shericka Jackson’s 50.42, Novlene Williams-Mills’ 50.64, Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby’s 51.03 PB and Chrisann Gordon’s 51.09.
The two top contenders pulled out of the women’s 200m final. First a medical exemption was given to Elaine Thompson because of a tightening hamstring in her 10.70 100m on Friday. Then coach Stephen Francis withdrew Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as she was experiencing increasing pain in her toe. The win went to Simone Facey in 22.65 (-3.1) over Veronica Campbell-Brown with 22.80.
There was drama in the women’s 100m hurdles final as reigning world champion Danielle Williams, while fighting for the lead with eventual champion Megan Simmonds, hit a hurdle mid race and crashed. The same fate had befallen Simmonds last year at the semi-final stage. Simmonds won in a PB of 12.79 (+0.9) ahead of Shermaine Williams with 12.90 and Nickiesha Wilson with 12.97.
Javon Francis confirmed his favourite role in the 400 m final with a 44.95 win.
Kimberly Williams won the triple jump with 14.66m (+2.6, also 14.56m +1.5) ahead of Shaneika Thomas with 14.44m (+3.0, also 14.33 +1.6). O’Dayne Richards got the shot put victory after a throw of 20.82m and Kimberly Williamson the high jump with 1.86m. Report compiled with the help of Laurie Foster.
Bolt update due Thursday
Usain Bolt, who suffered a grade one hamstring tear on Friday, will find out on Thursday if he will be allowed to compete at the Rio Olympics as long as he can prove fitness.
The Jamaican track and field chiefs will meet on Thursday to make a decision on Bolt’s medical exemption and whether to allow the six-time Olympic gold medallist to compete in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay in Rio.
Bolt filed a medical exemption that could allow him to compete for Jamaica in Rio even if he did not compete in the national championships. His only race now planned is the 200m at the London Diamond League on July 22.
JAAA rules allow injured athletes ranked in the top three on the IAAF performance list to skip their national championships and be put on the Olympic team, but it requires the athlete to prove fitness in time to be included on the Games list.
Report based on AIPS info.
Lemaitre to miss Amsterdam
European sprint champion Christophe Lemaitre has decided not to compete in Amsterdam at the European Championships due to injury problems.
He hopes to be fully ready for the Rio Olympics and plans to compete either at the Monaco or London Diamond League meets in July.
No European Champs for Hejnova
Two-time world 400m hurdles champion Zuzana Hejnova has also decided to skip the European Championships in order to get ready for the Rio Games.
She has lost a month of training because of pain in her Achilles.
“If there would not be Olympics I would be going to Amsterdam,” said Hejnova, who will still aim to go for gold in Rio. “I think a time under 53.5 would be enough for Olympic gold and that is my goal.”
Murer breaks South American record
The final day of the Brazilian Championships was highlighted by a South American pole vault record of 4.87m by Fabiana Murer.
Her previous record from 2010 had been 4.85m. Second was Joana Costa with 4.50m.
In the 200m finals, Jorge Vides won the men’s in 20.40 (+0.3) over Vitor Hugo with 20.50, while Kauiza Venancio won the women’s in 22.93 (+1.1) over Rosangela Santos with 23.20.
In the 400m hurdles, Marcio Teles clocked 49.63 and the 110m hurdles Gabriel Constantino ran 13.50 (+0.1).
Nubia Soares won the women’s triple jump in 14.17m over Keila Costa’s 14.02m. In the men’s event there was a leap of 16.38m by winner Jean Rosa.
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