KINGSTON, Jamaica (Sporting Alert) — Several of world’s fastest sprinters of all-time will begin their quest for three slots on the Jamaica Olympic team when the track and field trials begin today at the national stadium in Kingston.
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With no freebies to enter the Olympic Games in London, track and field fans will finally get the chance to see the matches up they’ve been waiting far all season – that is that of the country’s current top three sprinters – at least on form.
World record holder and reigning Olympic sprint double champion Usain Bolt will lock-horns with his training partner and world champion Yohan Blake, as well as former world record holder Asafa Powell.
Bolt currently has three of the top four fastest times in the world this season, including his 9.76 seconds world-leading mark and he will certainly start heavy favourite to win the national title on Friday night.
However, he is expected to get strong challenges from Blake, who has posted 9.84secs this season and Powell, who has a seasonal best of 9.85.
Several others, including Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Lerone Clarke and Nickel Ashmeade will also be gunning for a place as well.
Bolt will also start as the man to beat over the 200m, despite not running the event competitively all year.
Blake, the current world leader, at 19.91, Ashmeade (19.94), Warren Weir (20.08) and Marvin Anderson (20.21) will look to challenge Bolt.
On the women’s side, defending Olympic 100m champion and the reigning 200m gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell-Brown, start as the ones to beat in the short sprints.
Fraser-Pryce, following her seasonal best of 10.92secs to win in New York, will head into the championships as the one to catch over the 100m, with Campbell-Brown and Kerron Stewart, who have all broken 11-seconds already this season look set to complete the top three.
NAIA star Jura Levy, Sheri-Ann Brooks and Schillonie Calvert are also entered in the event.
The 200m should see Campbell-Brown racing away with the title with second and third places up for grab.
The men’s and women’s 400m races should also be exciting, with Novlene Williams-Mills and Olympic silver medallist Shericka Williams heading the list for the female and World championships finallist Jermaine Gonzales, Jermaine Gayle, Dane Hyatt and Ricardo Chambers leading the way for the men.
Elsewhere, Hansle Parchment, Dwight Thomas and Andrew Riley are set for battle in the men’s 110m hurdles with Brigitte Foster-Hylton starting heavy favourite to take the women’s 100m hurdles.
Olympic champion Melaine Walker and training partner Kaliese Spencer go head-to-head in the women’s 400m hurdles, while Kenia Sinclair seek to book her place on the 800m squad.