KINGSTON, Ja. – For Olympic and World champions Usain Bolt and Veronica Campbell-Brown (VCB) lightning struck twice in the same place, when they suffered another defeat, this time in the 200m, by new national champions Yohan Blake and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at the Jamaica National Trials in Kingston last night.
Foster-Hylton clears the last hurdle ahead of Latoya Greaves (2nd left) and Shermaine Williams
Having beaten Bolt in the 100m on Friday, Blake caught the long-striding Bolt going into the home-straight and drove past him to streak home in 19.80secs into a 0.5 headwind. Bolt was second, while the ever improving Warren Weir clocked 20.03 for the third spot to London. All three are teammates of Racers Track Club.
Nickel Ashmeade, a pre-race favorite for the third spot was fourth in 20.16. Olympic and World sprint relay gold medalist Nesta Carter (20.45) placed fifth; Julian Forte (20.70), sixth); and Jason Young, seventh (20.71).
In the female equivalent, Fraser-Pryce ran her second personal best (PB) of the Trials to defeat VCB in 22.10 (+0.6w). VCB, a veteran 200m queen, was also beaten into third place by 2008 Olympic silver medalist Sherone Simpson who had been plagued by injury for years. Simpson ran 22.37 while VCB posted 22.42.
Completing the field were Anneisha McLaughing (22.61), Kerron Stewart (22.70), Samantha Henry-Robinson (22.77) and Aileen Bailey (22.84).
While there may be the emergence of a new brigade, sprint hurdler Brigitte Foster-Hylton, who celebrates her 38th birthday this month, carried the flag high for those in her age range by taking the 100m hurdles in 12.68 (+1.3w). The 2009 World champion who suffered an injury to her left hamstring in 2010 that sidelined her until the 2011 season, returned to top form this year, with a fast clocking 12.51 in May. She defeated her MVP Club mate and newcomer to the top ranks Latoya Greaves (12.77) and Shermaine Williams (12.78).
Dane Hyatt takes the 400m ahead of Rusheen McDonald (c).
Vonette Dixon was fourth in 12.90; last year’s champion Indira Spence (12.92) was fifth; 2009 World bronze medalist Delloreen Ennis-London, sixth in 13.00; Andrea Bliss, seventh in 13.01 and Kimberly Laing eighth in 13.06.
And there’s a new male quarter-mile champion who will lead newcomer Rusheen McDonald and national record holder Jermaine Gonzales into London. Twenty-eight-year-old Dane Hyatt raced to 44.83secs to beat McDonald (45.10) into second place and Gonzales (45.18) into third. Last year’s national champion Riker Hylton managed only sixth in 45.41.
Novelene Williams-Mills defended her title with a 50.60 run, defeating Rosemarie Whyte and Christine Day, 50.78 and 51.00, respectively. Shericka Williams, the 2008 Olympic and 2009 World silver medalist will not be representing in London in the 400m as she place fourth in 51.39. However, she could be a part of the 1600m relay quartet.