the 2023 Prefontaine Classic, also serving as the Eugene Diamond League Final -- Shericka Jackson Dominates Women's 200m with Impressive Speed at the Rabat Diamond League
Shericka Jackson Dominates Women's 200m with Impressive Speed at the Rabat Diamond League

KINGSTON, Jamaica (July 5) – Prepare for an explosive clash of speed and skill as the women’s 100m heats take center stage at the Jamaica Trials on Thursday. With a lineup of athletes that shines with star power, anticipation is soaring for these fiercely competitive races.

In the first heat, all eyes will be on Shericka Jackson, the silver medalist at the Eugene 2022 championships, as she faces off against formidable opponents Briana Williams and Jonielle Smith.

Heat two promises a thrilling showdown between rising star Alana Reid, who recently secured a professional deal with Nike, and her worthy challengers Kiara Grant, Ramona Burchell, and Tia Clayton.

However, the most highly anticipated lineup is in heat three, where Natasha Morrison, Kevona Davis, Shashalee Forbes, and Serena Cole will go head-to-head, igniting the track with their fierce determination.

Heat four will showcase the return of Elaine Thompson-Herah, aiming to recapture her peak form, as she competes against World U20 champion Tina Clayton, as well as Kemba Nelson and Ashani Moore.

It is worth noting that Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the defending champion who has secured her place to defend her title, has decided to skip the women’s 100m event.

Not to be outdone, the women’s 400m hurdles will bring its brand of excitement with only two heats. In the first heat, spectators can look forward to a thrilling showdown between Shiann Salmon, Rushell Clayton, and Ronda Whyte. Heat two will witness Janieve Russell and Andrenette Knight stepping into the spotlight as the top contenders.

The men’s 400m hurdles will also ignite the atmosphere with two action-packed heats. Heat one will feature Jaheel Hyde, Roshawn Clarke, and Malik James-King, while heat two will see Roxroy Cato and Shawn Rowe battling it out for supremacy.

Lamara Distin and Kimberly Williamson will be the sole competitors in the women’s high jump event to showcase their skill and determination.

As the Jamaica Trials unfold, the world will witness these athletes’ extraordinary talent and unwavering determination. Brace yourself for nail-biting finishes, potential record-breaking performances, and awe-inspiring displays of pure athleticism as these competitors give their all in pursuit of glory.

How to watch Jamaican Trials 2023

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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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