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Elaine Thompson wins heat at Jamaica Trials 2017
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MVP athletes Elaine Thompson and Julian Forte led the respective female and male 100m semi-final qualifiers on Thursday’s (22 June) opening day of the Puma Jamaica National Senior Championships.

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Elaine Thompson wins heat at Jamaica Trials 2017

Thompson, the Rio 2016 Olympic Games sprint double champion, recorded the day’s fastest female time, 11.20secs. She beat Jura Levy and Natasha Morrison, who both did the identical time of 11.36 in heat 4/4.

Simone Facey won heat 1 in 11.22 ahead of Samantha Henry Robinson, 11.41 while Jonielle Smith was given the nod in heat 2 in 11.23secs, the same time as second placer, Christania Williams.

Shashalee Forbes took heat 3 in 11.34 ahead of Shavine Hodges, 11.54.

Forte, in heat 2 of the men’s 100m dash, was first across the line in 10.14. He finished ahead of Senoj-Jay Givans, 10.27.

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Yohan Blake tops heat 4/4 men’s 100m dash in 10.21 ahead of Jevaughn Minzie 10.22 and Kavean Smith 10.29 #JAMTrials

Yohan Blake looked easy in taking semi-final 4/4 in 10.21, just ahead of his Racers teammate Jevaughn Minzie, 10.22.

Asafa Powell comfortably topped heat 1 in 10.22 ahead of Raheem Chambers, 10.35 while Odean Skeen recorded the second best time of the day, 10.17 to take heat 3 ahead of Tyquendo Tracey, 10.24.

Kemar Bailey-Cole pulled up in heat 1 and had to be taken off on a stretcher.

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Ristananna Tracey ran away with heat 2 of the women’s 400mH in 54.56 ahead of Leah Nugent 54.90 and Sashel Brown 56.96 #JAMTrials

Ristananna Tracey was the most impressive in the first round of the women’s 400m hurdles. She battled with Leah Nugent over the last hurdle, but prevailed 54.56 to 54.90.

Janieve Russell took heat 1 in 54.91 ahead of the fast finishing Ronda Whyte, who crossed the line in a personal best 54.93. Nikita Tracey also got a personal best of 55.01 for third place

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Kemar Mowatt wins heat 1 of the men’s 400m hurdles in 49.43 ahead of Ricardo Cunningham 49.54 and Andre Clarke 49.90 #JAMTrials

Kemar Mowatt ran 49.43secs to record the fastest time in the men’s 400m hurdles. Jaheel Hyde, winner of heat 2, ran 49.46.

Ricardo Cunningham, 49.54, Andre Clarke, 49.90, Sheldon Williams, 49.83, Shawn Rowe, 49.50 and Roxroy Cato, 49.69 and Javarn Gallimore, 50.05 are the other qualifiers for the final.

Clive Pullen won the men’s triple jump with 16.83m over Wilbert Walker, 16.02m.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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