Jamaica Olympic Trials

Fraser-Pryce, Thompson, Campbell-Brown Qualify For 100m Semis

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Sporting Alert – Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson were among the top qualifiers for the semi-finals of the women’s 100 metres at the Jamaica Olympic Trials on Thursday.

Twice Olympic champion Fraser-Pryce earned her place in the semis after winning her heat in 11.38 seconds.

The 2008 and 2012 champion was visibly limping after completing her race, as she continues to battle with a toe injury.

Remona Burchell ran 11.59 for second place, with Natasha Morrison, a finalist at last year’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing, taking third in 11.61.

Campbell-Brown was also a heat winner and she did so with a time of 11.39 to edge out Sashalee Forbes (11.41) and Gayon Evans (11.56).

Thompson used little energy to take care of business in heat 5, posting a time of 11.38 to also secure her semi-final slot.

The fastest qualifier heading into the semis was Christania Williams, who looked very impressive when clocking 11.20 to win heat 1.

Audra Segree, who is another athlete to look out for at these championships, was second to Williams in 11.31, with Schillonie Calvert getting third in 11.45.

The semi-final and final of the women’s 100m is set for Friday night.

JANIEVE RUSSELL BLOW

Janieve Russell, who was the overwhelming favourite to win the women’s 400m hurdles at the Jamaica Olympic Team Trials has been forced to pull out of the championships because of an injury.

Russell, who is the second fastest woman in the event in 2016 and the fastest Jamaican for the term, picked up an injury during a training session and had to pull out of the meet.

It is understood the 22-year-old filed for a medical exemption, which was approved by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) last week.

Russell has already met the Olympic standard for the campaign with a personal best of 53.96 seconds, and she has been the most consistent Jamaican women’s 400m hurdler this season.

This is why her team doctors sought the approval from the JAAA to secure the medical exemption, which would allow her to get the needed rest and then prove her fitness at a later before the Rio Olympic Games in August.

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