KINGSTON, Sporting Alert – The JAAA Senior Trials 2016 concludes on Sunday night and the battle for the men’s and women’s 400m titles are expected to dominate the highlights at the National Stadium.
Despite a few strong performances from a number of sprinters, there are no clear favourites to win the respective one-lap crowns.
On the men’s side, Javon Francis has been the most consistent Jamaican quartermiler this season, and he will enter the final with the edge, following his impressive semi-final outing on Saturday.
National record holder Rusheen McDonald would love to silence his critics and run away with the title and earned a trip to Rio, next month, and his coach Stephen Francis believes the 23-year-old will be in the mix.
Fitzroy Dunkley, Peter Matthews, Jonia McDonald, the 16-year-old Christopher Taylor, Javere Bell and Nathon Allen all face the start as well in the search for Olympic spots.
On the women’s side, the race for the title is expected to be super tight, with Christine Day and Stephenie-Ann McPherson signalling themselves as the front runners for the national title.
However, Shericka Jackson, the world championships bronze medallist from Beijing, last year, veteran Novlene Williams-Mills and Chrisann Gordon are expected to be in the fight as well.
Meanwhile, in the half-lap races, Yohan Blake, in the absence of the injured Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson, will start favourites to complete sprint doubles at the JAAA Senior Trials 2016.
On the women’s side, Thompson should run away with the title, just as she did in the 100m, but the matchups behind her are expected to be interesting.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Simone Facey could be vying for two places.
For the men’s honour Blake, back from injuries, looks like a tough man to beat, with Warren Weir, Nickel Ashmeade and Julian Forte set to challenge for Olympic spots as well.
Also at the JAAA Senior Trials 2016 on Sunday’s Day Three, world champion Danielle Williams will hunt an Olympic spot in the women’s 100m hurdles, Odayne Richards head the contestants in the men’s shot put, while Shanieka Thomas and Kimberly Williams goes head-to-head in the women’s triple jump.
Sunday – Day 4 JAAA Senior Trials 2016 Schedule
5:00pm Javelin Women – Final
5:00pm High Jump Women – Final
5:30pm Triple Jump Women – Final
5:30pm Shot Put Men – Final
5:40pm 100M Hurdles Women – Semi-Finals
6:00pm 400M Women – Final
6:10pm 400M Men – Final
6:20pm PRESENTATIONS – Javelin Women/400M M & W
6:25pm 200M Women – Final
6:30pm PRESENTATIONS – 200M Women/H & T Jump Women
6:40pm 200M Men – Final
6:45pm PRESENTATION – 200M Men/Shot Put Men
6:55pm 100m Hurdles Women – Final
7:00pm PRESENTATION – 100M H Women