By Anthony Foster, TrackAlerts.Com Writer
Elaine Thompson, Javon Francis and Christine Day were three of the stars to emerge on Sunday's final day of the 2015 Jamaica Senior Championships.
Thompson, in the women’s 200m, celebrated her birthday in fine style, 22.51 to take her first ever national title. Sherone Simpson finished very strongly to take second place in 22.77 and Veronica Campbell-Brown, third in 23.02. Simone Facey just missed out with her 23.05. “I came off the corner fast, which my coach told me to do, and I came out victorious so I am happy,” said Thompson.
Running into a negative 2.6m/s wind, Ashmeade claimed a very close win with 20.36 over london Olympic Games bronze medallist Warren Weir, 20.39 in the men's 200m. Julian Forte, who went into the final with the fastest time of 20.04, ended third in 20.51. Tyquendo Tracey got 4th in 20.66 and Rasheed Dwyer, the Commonwealth Games champion, finished 5thh in 20.69.
Earlier in 400m finals, Christine Day and Javon Francis were also first time winners at this level. Francis, who went through the 200m mark at about 20.7, held off the fast finishing Rusheen McDonald to win in 44.70. McDonald, who always waits for the last minute to kick, finished strongly in 44.73.
“I feel good with my performance,” said Francis. “I am satisfied with the time.” Peter Matthews moved up to third place with 45.24 after Ricardo Chambers was disqualified for lane violation
Day, who watched Stephenie-Ann McPherson go by on the backstretch, came back hard in the homestretch to take victory in a personal best 50.16. McPherson, who faded in the last 50 metres, was also beaten by Shericka Jackson, who finished in 50.31, her third straight personal best of the meet. Day said she is “excited” and “focused” going forward. “It’s a work in progress and I am looking forward for the sub-50,” said Day.
Jackson described her outing as “good” while adding “I’m dying inside with tears of joy, but to be honest, I came out here like a champion and I performed like a champion, so I am really pleased with my performance.”
McPherson was third in 50.49 and Anastasia Le-Roy fourth in 51.28.
The last track event saw the Williams sisters again coming out on top. Danielle won in 12.71 ahead of the older, Shermaine, 12.84. Kimberly Laing finished third in 12.89 while Daeshon Gordon, a student at LSU, lowered Shermaine’s national junior record mark of 13.06 to 12.97 for 4th in the final, and with that, becomes the country's first sub 13 junior sprint hurdler..
In the field, O’Dayne Richards topped the men’s shot put with 20.13, ahead of Raymond Brown 18.20m. Richards said he under performed. “I wanted to move up in the ranking table, I wanted to throw 21.2 at least, because I was having some consistent throws round about that mark in training, so I wanted to do well. I put pressure on myself and it backfired,” he said.
Kimberly Williams was the only woman beyond 14 metres in the triple jump, her mark 14.34m. Williams, who was in her first real competition for the season, said “all my jumps were over 14 meters, so I know that I can jump better.”
In the women’s high jump, Kimberly Williamson cleared 1.81m to beat Saniel Atkinson-Grier 1.78m. Olivia McKoy won the women’s javelin with 46.45m.