It was a clear win for Elaine in 21.78 (SB) but she was so focused on her own race that she did not even know she won.
Elaine ran a well executed race, achieving an important task of beating Dafne Schippers on the curve then still having enough left to step it up another gear in about the last 30m to pass back Schippers who went slightly ahead, keeping her form and running right through the line.
Schippers lost form towards the line, got the Silver in 21.88 and fell hard to the ground after the line. She was quite upset with herself throwing her shoes down after the race. She eventually recovered and went over to Congratulate Elaine.
Torie Bowie got the Bronze in 22.15. Marie Josee Ta Lou placed 4th.
CONGRATS ELAINE! Elaine achieved the Sprint Double which hasn’t been done by any Jamaican Woman and hasn’t been done since Florence Griffith Joyner aka Flo-Jo in 1988.
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Tomorrow’s Lane assignment below for the Men’s 200m Final at 8:30pm without Gatlin who said that his ankle tightened up. Ask and you shall receive! Usain Bolt stated he would love to get Lane 6 in his interview and that he did!
GOLD FOR JAMAICA IN THE 110m MEN HURDLES!!!!! OMAR McLEOD has done it in 13.05! Spectacular race, execution of hurdles and clear win! He kept his focus the entire way.
Orlando Ortega of Spain won Silver in 13.17 and Dimitri Bascouof France won Bronze in 13.24.
Congrats Omar!!! We are so proud of you! Although it was expected we know it was not easy to pull off with hurdles. Well done.
With so much excitement we are ready for tomorrow’s 200m WomenFinal Showdown between Elaine and Dafne! It won’t be easy for Elaine who ran 2nd to Dafne, easing up and failing to secure a good lane. Keeping in mind Ta Lou and Bowie won their Semi-Finals.
Word is Usain Bolt was looking good in his practice session before today’s London Diamond League. He will be running the 200mtoday at 3:52pm to satisfy the JAAA’s requirement to prove his fitness for RIO after getting medical exemption from the Jamaica trials.
This will be a 2-day Diamond League. It starts at 2pm today and the Women’s 400m at 2:05pm will showcase Diamond League Leader, Shaunae Miller from the Bahamas amongst a packed field including our very own National Champ, Stephenie Ann McPherson and other challengers such as Great Britain’s Christine Ohuruogu, USA’s Francena McCorory and Natasha Hastings.
The 100m hurdles Women Final will be at 3:15pm with those who came out on top from the 2 Heats in a packed field including Diamond League leader, Kendra Harrison from the USA who shockingly failed to make the USA team, her compatriots Nia Ali, Brianna Rollins and Kristi Castlin, Cindy Roleder from Germany and Alina Talay from Belarus.
Races to watch tomorrow will be the 100m and 200m Women. The 200m Women will be at 10:15am featuring Diamond League leader Dafne Schippers from the Netherlands and Jeneba Tarmoh from the USA.
The 100m Women at 10:26am will feature our pocket rocket, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce assuming she will make it out of her heat. Other likely contenders may be Trinidad’s Michelle-Lee Ahye, Jamaica’s Simone Facey and Christania Williams.
What a weekend in Sports! Congrats to Calabar and Edwin Allen for winning the oh so entertaining and inspiring ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics’ Championships! With 16 finals to go, both schools led the field and there was no turning back.
Our young Jamaicans put on quite a show, looking very promising for our future in Athletics. Suga’s main concern though is the workload put on the star athletes. There needs to be some kind of stipulation put in place for the Boys and Girls to run only a certain amount of events, ideally 2, because once they excel in individual events they are further pressured to run relays to help their team and school. The star athletes should also be restricted from running the heats for their teams in relays. Careful consideration needs to be given to this matter in order for them to make the transition like our legend, Usain Bolt.
With all seriousness aside, who took Champs for Suga?
Junelle Bromfield of STETHS with 4 GOLD medals! Junelle won the Class 1 Girls’ 400m, 800m, 1500m and anchored the 4×400m relay. She was absolutely exceptional and did not even blow after any final she ran. Amazing. She also blew away her rival in the 400m, Ashley ‘Felix’ Williams of Holmwood who beat her recently so she was on a mission and the revenge was sweet.
Ashley ‘Felix’ Williams, as her nickname suggests has a very similar running style and looks like USA’s athletic star, Allyson Felix. Ashley won the Girls’ 200m impressively.
KC’s Akeem Bloomfield continued his reign in the Class 1 Boys’ 400m, of which he holds the record from last year.
The tall, powerful, Dejour Russell of Calabar was upset by his teammate, Michael Stephens in the Class 2 Boys’ 100m after he could not recover from his usual slow start, but he got the opportunity again to win Gold and did just that in the Class 2 Boys’ 110m hurdles.
Another disappointment was Defending Champ of the Girls’ Class 2 100m, Shellece Clarke of Edwin Allen. Shewas not fully on form, had a poor start and failed to medal. She was also pulled out of the 200m event.
Back to the winners! Christopher Taylor of Calabar! In addition to breaking the Class 2 Boys’ 400m record early in the heats in 46.33s, he also won 4 GOLD medals and ran a beautiful and strategic anchor leg in the last race of Champs, finishing ahead of KC’s Akeem Bloomfield in the Boys’ 4×400m relay. Akeem ran out too hard but had too much work to do anyway by the time he received the baton. Fantastic end to the Championships.
Then there was a big NBA game on Saturday night as well!
The San Antonio Spurs held the Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry to 1 for 12 on 3 pointers in their 87-79 win over the Warriors. It was Curry’s worst stats for 3-pointers this season.
What happened? San Antonio’s superb defence and LaMarcus Aldridge with 26 points and 13 rebounds.
Check out some of the high class defense action below!
Watch “Danny Green becomes the 1st player to block a 3-pt attempt by Steph Curry in 15-16′ season” on YouTube here:
Then there was another massive block sacrificing his body! Watch “Danny Green Rejects Stephen Curry | Warriors vs Spurs | March 19, 2016 | NBA 2015-16 Season” on YouTube here:
The IAAF 2016 World Indoor Championships also occurred over the weekend in Portland, USA.
Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson beat the Dutch, Dafne Schippers in the SEMIS but did not have as fast of a start in the finals, where Schippers edge her to win the 60m in 7.10s.
Watch “Dafne Schippers Wins 7.10 Women’s 60m Final Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix 2016” on YouTube here:
Asafa Powell was impressive in the semis, but as usual choked in the 60m final. He had a bad start and was edged out by USA’s Trayvon Brommell.
But who really came through for Jamaica?
I will leave you with Jamaica’s Omar McLeod’s win.
Watch “Omar McLeod 7.41s Wins 60m Hurdles Final – IAAF WIC in Portland 2016” on YouTube here:
Jamaica’s Champion, Danielle Williams held off World Leader, Sharika Nelvis from the USA with a PB of 12.58. The fastest Semi Final. Nelvis ran 12.59.
USA’s Dawn Harper-Nelson crashed and burned from about the 2nd or 3rd hurdle.
Semi Final 2
Drama. USA’s collegiate Champion, Kendra Harrison false started. She went way out of the blocks.They fantastic 4 are now down to 2.
GB’s Confident Tiffany Porter blazed through easily with a tine of 12.62 ahead of Cindy Roleder of Germany.
Jamaica’s Kimberly Laing was way behind so failed to qualify.
Semi Final 3
USA’s Defending Champion, Brianna Rollins won in 12.71 and Danielle’s sister, Shermaine had a bad start and was behind but persevered and powered through to come 2nd and qualify. Well done Shermaine.
WOMEN’S 200M FINALS! Suga called it!
What a cracker!
Dafne Schippers runs a Championship record of 21.63! She passed Elaine Thompson at the end. Elaine ran 21.66, her PB, also faster than the Championship record, making her the second fastest ever at World Champs! BUT you can never count out the veteran VCB! Veronica Campbell-Brown was ahead for most of the race. She ran the race of her life in a young A field finishing 3rd SUB 22 – 21.97.
Silver and Bronze for Jamaica!
USA’s McGrone came 4th and GB’s Dina Asher Smith 5th.
Our Sherone Simpson finished last but with her Season’s best.
WOMEN’S LONG JUMP FINAL
USA’s Bartoletta has made the right move to stop running. She has won Gold in the Women’s Long Jump final with a huge jump of 7.14, ahead of favourite GB’s Proctor who won silver with 7.07.
Men’s 110m Hurdles!
The Russian wins! Oliver hit the first hurdle badly. Sergey Shubenkov won in 19.98! Hansle Parchment of Jamaica won silver after a horrible start but persevered and finished fast. USA’s Merritt won Bronze.
France’s Martinot-Lagarde and Bascou came 4th and 5th.
Ja’s McLeoud came 6th. Once he stops hitting hurdles he can win.
Women’s 100m Hurdles
Image: The Jamaica Observer
DANIELLE WILLIAMS WINS GOLD FOR JAMAICA IN THE 100M HURDLES FINAL! WOW! 12.57 PB. What were the odds?! 12.5 for the win and 8.5 if she placed in top 3. Don’t you wish you had that tip. But after she beat USA’s WL Nelvis this am in the semi final she was in good standing.
The German, Roleder wins silver and Talay! from Belarus Bronze edging out GB and USA!
First of all, Congratulations to our Pocket Rocket, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce for winning Gold for the 3rd time at the World Championships 100m Finals this morning in 10.76s! With the times Shelly has been running, she knew she was in a class by herself and celebrated before the line. She will sure get a mouthful from Coach Francis about that. Look out for the Dutchie who she passed on the right hand side, Dafne Schippers next year who has been running well all season, who finished in a close second with a PB of 10.81. US’s Torie Bowie finished 3rd, edging out our very own VCB. Congrats also to VCB who still went all out an managed to finish 4th in a packed field! Imagine Okagbare came last. The 4*100m relay should be a thriller.
200m action starts tomorrow morning. Look out for Ja’s Warren Weir, Usain Bolt, Julian Forte and Nickel Ashmeade! Check out the schedule below.