The last day (yesterday), of the 2012 Jamaican National Trials, aka the Jamaican Senior Athletics Championships, saw some interesting upsets in Jamaica Track & Field stage.
Please see the results for the 200m (Women) Final and the 200m (Men) Final, below, for the details of these upsets and the section, "Implications for the Olympics", below, for our analysis re same.
Day 4 results are as follows:
Day 4 Results(Main)
400m (Women) Final
- Novlene Williams-Mills - 50.60 seconds (s)
- Rosemarie Whyte - 50.78 s
- Christine Day - 51.00 s
- Shericka Willams - 51.33 s (2008 Olympic silver medalist - will not make it to the London 2012 Olympics in this event, due to her placing 4th, but will more than likely be on 4 x 400 relay team).
400m (Men) Final
- Dane Hyatt - 44.83 s
- Rusheen McDonald - 45.10 s (19 year-old)
- Jermaine Gonzales - 45.18 s
Shot Put (Final)
Dorian Scott -threw 20.72 m, thus making the "A" standard in this event and immediately qualifying him to represent Jamaica at the London 2012 Olympics.
100m Hurdles (Women) Final
- Brigitte Foster-Hylton - 12.68 s
- Latoya Greaves - 12.77 s
- Shermaine Williams - 12.78 s
200m (Women) Final
- Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce - 22.10 s
- Sherone Simpson - 22.37 s
- Verconica Campbell-Brown - 22.42 s
200m (Men) Final
- Yohan Blake - 19.80 s (World Leading time, Personal Best)
- Usain Bolt - 19.83 s
- Warren Weir - 20.03 s
Implications for the Olympics
All these persons in the top three (3) positions, have qualified to represent Jamaica in their individual events at the 2012 London Olympics.
Our Analysis of the 200m Men Final
Yohan Blake has proven that, mentally and physically, he is ready to take the men's 100m and 200m titles at the London 2012 Olympics.
Glen Mills', Usain Bolt's coach, has said that Bolt went into the Jamaica National Trials 2012 with a minor injury.
[Well, this would explain his lackluster starts and performances in both the 100m and 200m.
However, Usain Bolt does have 3.5 weeks to work on his start and we should see a different (physically ready) Usain Bolt, at the London 2012 Olympics].
Our Analysis of the 200m (Women) Final
The performances of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Sherone Simpson, again prove that their coach, Stephen Francis, does know how to get his athletes ready for the big events.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will definitely give the Americans - Carmelita Jeter and Allyson Felix, a run for their money in this event. (Allyson Felix clocked 21.69 s at the US National Trials over the weekend - the 4th fastest time in history. Carmelita Jeter is the ).
However, Veronica Campbell-Brown will still be a serious contender for the 200m title, as she wants to defend her 2008 Olympic title and is also adept at putting in winning performances at the big events - the Olympics and World Championships.
The London 2012 Olympics should see some interesting and nail-biting performances in Track & Field (Athletics).
We wish all our Jamaican athletes the best!
We're looking forward to great performances from you!
- Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association website, accessed July 2,2012
- Article,"US Olympic trials: Allyson Felix wins 200m as 100m tie-break looms", by Associated Press via The Guardian, July 1,2012
- Television Jamaica, July 1,2012