KINGSTON (Sporting Alert) — Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce and Yohan Blake will look to secure sprint double titles at the Jamaica Championships on Sunday when they race in the women’s and men’s respective 200m finals.
Fraser-Pryce, who blasted to a national record and world-leading time of 10.70 seconds to win the women’s 100m Friday night, leads all qualifiers for the 200m final on Sunday.
Saturday night she clocked 22.55secs to win her semi-final heat, beating training partner Sherone Simpson (22.66) who also made the final.
Title favourite Veronica Campbell-Brown posted 22.79secs to win her semis, but was pushed to the finishing line by Samantha Henry-Robinson, who ran 22.83.
The other heat was won by Anneisha McLaughlin and she clocked 22.83 to beat Kerron Stewart (22.96) and Aleen Bailey (23.01).
On the men’s side, Blake raced into tonight’s final with the fastest time after clocking 19.93 seconds to win his semis and beat the improving Warren Weir, who flashed out a new personal best of 19.99 to take second.
Usain Bolt was again on a cruise as he broke little sweat in running 20.26 to take his semis over Marvin Anderson (20.32).
Nickel Ashemeade took care of the first semi-final in 20.15 and he crossed ahead of Nesta Carter, who ran a seasonal best of 20.37 for second.
In other results on Saturday night, Kenia Sinclair punched her ticket to London by winning the women’s 800m in 2:01.55, Korene Hinds took the women’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase with 9:46.46, while Hansle Parchment ran 13.18 to edged Andrew Riley (13.19) to win the men’s 110m hurdles.
The men’s and women’s 400m final, as well as the women’s 100m hurdles and men’s 200m final are amongst the events set for Sunday’s final day of action.