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)
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)
- Jamaica National Trials 2012: Will Usain Bolt dominate or Asafa Powell take it? (theislandjournal.wordpress.com)
- Bolt Starts Slow, but Still Wins Semifinal Heat (abcnews.go.com)
- Blake pulls a stunner, beats Bolt in 100 (hosted.ap.org)
- Powell gives Bolt and Blake food for thought in semis (oddonion.com)
- Jamaica National Trials 2012: Esteem for Jamaican Sprinter, Asafa Powell (theislandjournal.wordpress.com)