KINGSTON, Jamaica – Several new national champions were crowned over the weekend, including all the winners from the last three events contested at the 2014 JAAA Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships, which ended at the National stadium on Sunday night.
In the men’s 200m, Rasheed Dwyer, conditioned by Maurice Wilson, at Sprint Tech, created the championships’ biggest upset, by beating Olympic Games and World Championships medallist Warren Weir, to win the men’s 200m in a personal best time of 20.04 secs.
Weir, who failed to keep pace in the latter stages of the race, finished second in 20.17, while Jason Livermore ended third in 20.25.
Anneisha McLaughlin, who dominated the first half of the 2000’s as a junior, finally got her first senior title and it came through very hard work in the last 20 metres, where she did just enough to get past her former Holmwood teammate, Schillonie Calvert – 22.79 to 22.88.
Sherone Simpson, who competed pending the outcome of her doping ban appeal was fourth and after failing to make it to the 100m finals on Friday, will miss out on a place on the team for the Commonwealth Games, beginning in Glasgow on July 23.
The Championships’ final track event, also produced a first time winner, as Monique Morgan, the best Jamaican this year topped the women’s 110m hurdles final in 12.96, over Danielle Williams 12.99 and Indira Spencer 13.00.
Kimberly Williamson, who won the women’s high jump title with a clearance of 1.84 metres, was also a first timer senior champs winner.
In other events on Sunday, Akheem Gauntlett timed his 400m race to perfection for a personal best 45.00, to take his first national title ahead of Rusheen McDonald, who unlike the previous two rounds, went out hard but faded into second in 45.25, just ahead of Hugh Graham Jr., who was very impressive in the two earlier rounds, 45.43.
The women’s 400m stayed with a member of the old guard, Novlene Williams-Mills, who was put under pressure right throughout, but proved she will not be easy to beat by winning in 50.05.
Christine Day, who kept pace with Williams-Mills throughout, produced an impressive 50.16, a personal best effort, for second, to finish ahead of Stephenie-Ann McPherson 50.50. Anastasia Le-Roy with 50.84 and Shericka Jackson 51.32 and Chrisann Gordon 51.39, the fourth, sixth and 7th placers, also produced lifetime bests.
Odayne Richards won the men’s shot put with 20.56, Kimberly Williams the women’s triple jump with 14.07 and Kateema Riettie, the women’s javelin with 46.69m.