The four day, JAAA Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships 2016, begins today June 30, 2016. It is expected to be a great event. The Jamaican athletes will all be on display and attempt to qualify for the Jamaican National Team; representing the country at the Rio Olympics, in summer.
According to the Jamaica Observer, “The great Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will lead an array of stars and potential stars who will be hoping to punch their tickets to Brazil for the 31st Olympiad between August 5 and 21.
The men’s 100m qualifying event will kick off the proceedings at 10:00 am with six heats of which the seven fastest runners will advance to the quarter-final in which the big guns Bolt, Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Michael Frater, Warren Weir, and Nickel Ashmeade are expected to be in action at 7:00 pm.
Bolt, the greatest sprinter in the history of the sport, will be hunting an unprecedented tree gold medals in three consecutive Olympics, but first, he must safely navigate his way through the Jamaican Championships.
Double Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will also be hunting a three consecutive 100m titles and her quest begins in the women’s 100m heats slated to start at 6:40 pm.
Fraser-Pryce has been drawn in heat three alongside 2015 World Championship finalist Natasha Morrison of Fast Twitch Track Club and overseas-based Remona Burchell, two athletes that could be in the final eight on Friday.
World Championship 200m silver medallist Elaine Thompson, of MVP, is considered the main treat to Fraser-Pryce, and she will be in heat five alongside Jura Levy of Sprintec.
Double 200m Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown (VCB) is drawn in heat four and has most to fear from Sprintec’s Gayon Evans, the powerfully built Carrie Russell of MVP, and Sashalee Forbes of GC Foster College.
Heat two will be very interesting with 2008 Olympic silver medallist Kerron Stewart taking on in-form Simone Facey, Shimayra Williams and Channice Bonner.
There will be two straight finals on today in the men’s javelin at 5:30 pm and the men’s triple jump slated for 5:32 pm.
Utech’s Orlando Thomas is the defending javelin champion and he will have most to fear from Orrin Powell of GC Foster, Zaavan Richards of UWI, and Adrian Mitchell of Calabar High School. The national record of 75.01m, held by Powell, will have to be shattered to reach the Olympic qualifying mark of 83.00m. Powell, who established the national record in February of this year, is ranked 156th in the world.”
Tickets for the event are available, but going fast. Come out and support the Jamaican athletes as they make their bid, for Rio Olympics 2016.
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