Usain Bolt is safely through to tomorrow’s men’s 100m semi-final but Nickel Ashmeade left yesterday’s opening day of the JAAA/Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Championships as the most impressive qualifier.
Earlier, Clive Pullen produced a personal best 16.90m to win the men’s triple jump event and book his ticket to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Damian McLean, 16.46m was next best with Wilbert Walker, 16.42m finishing third.
The result mean that Pullen will become the first Jamaican since Henry Jackson in 1972 and only the third ever to represent the country in the event at the Olympics.
Ashmeade eased to 10.07 to win his heat ahead of Warren Weir, 10.17 and Chadic hinds, 10.24.
Bolt crossed the line in 10.15 to finish as the winner in his heat with Everton Clarke, 10.16 and Michael Frater, 10.31 also booking automatic qualifying spots.
Also through are Yohan Blake and Kemar Bailey-Cole, who both stopped the clock at 10.26 to finish 1 – 2 in their heat, with Asafa Powell crossing the line in third place in 10.17 behind Jevaughn Minzie, 10.15 and Senoj-Jay Givans, 10.16 in the first heat of the evening.
All the major players are also safely through to the semi-final round of the women’s 100m.
Christania Williams from the University of Technology is the fastest qualifier after a smooth-looking 11.20 seconds win with Simone Facey, 11.31; reigning Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce; 11.38; Elaine Thompson, 11.38 and Veronica Campbell-Brown, 11.39 all booking their spot to Friday’s semi-final round.
The women’s 100m semi-final is set for 7:00pm on Friday with the final set for two hours later.
Janieve Russell – the fastest Jamaican in the women’s 400m hurdles this year with 53.96 seconds, was missing from the heats due to injury but have reportedly received a medical exemption from the JAAA, as is allowed through the organisation’s selection policy.
In her absence, Leah Nugent, 55.52 ended as the fastest qualifier ahead of Ristananna Tracey, 55.96 and Kaliese Spencer, 56.13.
In the male equivalent, Isa Phillips and Jaheel Hyde both clocked 49.31 in their heat to lead all qualifiers into the next round with Annsert Whyte, 49.37 – the defending champion, Marvin Williams, 49.65 and Roxroy Cato, 49.83 all booking their spots as well.