Blake and Powell set for early semi-finals test

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Sporting Alert) — Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell have been drawn alongside each other in the semi-finals of the 100 metres at the Jamaica Nationals Championships to select its team to the London Olympics.

The semi-finals and final are on Friday.

Blake, the fastest from the preliminaries with a time of 10.00 seconds, will line up in lane four, while Powell, who clocked 10.19secs in his heat will be in lane three.

Nesta Carter, the World Indoor silver medallist over 60m is also in the first semis and he will start from lane six. Jacques Harvey, who is favoured to make the final is also in the race along with Kimmari Roach.

World record holder Usain Bolt will run from the second semi-finals and he will have the likes of Michael Frater and Lerone Clarke for company.

Kemar Bailey-Cole and Rasheed Dwyer are also in semis two.

The first round of the women’s 100m is set for Friday with reigning Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Kerron Stewart and rejuvenated Sheri-Ann Brooks all in action.

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