Jamaica National Trials 2012: Slow Bolt, Fast Beast and Limping Asafa (Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell)

By: Denise N. Fyffe.
Copyright © 2012, defy, Denise N. Fyffe

The Jamaica National Trials ended on Friday night, June 29, 2012, with jubilant celebration for young Yohan Blake. He proved that his win at the World Championship was ‘no buck up’, as Jamaican people call it. Blake ran a blistering 9.75 to take the 100 metres final for men ahead of Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Michael Frater.

Usain Bolt has commentators, spectators, and Jamaican people worried about his overall sprinting form, even though he still manages to finish at the top. In his Jamaica National Trials heats, semis and final, Usain’s start has been very poor. This in turn causes him to work very hard to catch up with the other runners. Certainly, he is not looking like the Usain Bolt we knew in the past; however, Jamaicans are optimistic about his performance improving in time for the London 2012 Olympics come July 2012. He managed to place second in the Jamaica National Trials 100 metres final, just nicking the injured Asafa Powell at the line.

Asafa Powell, finished second in the 100 metres final and assisted by medical staff, he limped off the track after congratulating Yohan Blake on his win. Though it was rumored in the media that Asafa was injured and would not be sprinting in the finals; he came out and proved what a great caliber athlete he was. It was obvious that he eased down at the line, so as not to strain himself further, after ensuring he was in the top three and his spot at the London 2012 Olympics was secured.

The qualifers for the mens 100 metres and who will represent Jamaica at the London 2012 Olympics are:

  • Yohan Blake
  • Usain Bolt
  • Asafa Powell
  • Michael Frater (4x100m relays)
Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce had a great 100 metre final at the  Jamaica National Trials . She set a new National record of 10.70, making her the fourth fastest woman of all time in the 100 metres race. Veronica Campbell-Brown finished second with 10.82 and Kerron Stewart placed third with 10.94. Sherone Simpson placed fourth and will make the women’s 4×100 metres relay team. Veteran Jamaican sprinter Aleen Bailey finished seventh overall.

The qualifers for the women’s 100 metres and who will represent Jamaica at the London 2012 Olympics are:

  • Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce
  • Veronica Campbell-Brown
  • Kerrone Stewart
  • Sherone Simpson (4x100m relays)
Melanie Walker showed up and decimated the field in the women’s 400 metres hurdles final at the Jamaica National Trials with 54.77. Kaliese Spencer with 55.04, ran to place second, well behind Melanie. It is expected that both women will improve in form for the Olympics in London come July 2012. Nickeisha Wilson who came in third, will join them with a time of 55.50. Leford Green won the men’s 400 metres hurdles ahead of Josef Robertson and Roxroy Cato.
The Jamaica National Trials will continue on Saturday and Sunday. On these days the 200 metres heats, semis and finals for women and men will be held; Veronica Campbell-Brown and Usain Bolt will have another chance at the top spot. Yohan Blake and Nikel Ashmeade are expected to be Bolt’s competition for first place position.

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