KINSTON, Jamaica, Sporting Alert – Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will both be chasing national 100 metres titles on Day Two of the 2016 Jamaica Olympic Games Team Trials on Friday.
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Bolt Will Be Too Strong
But while Bolt starts as the clear favourite to land the men’s title, the battle on the women’s side is expected to be much closer.
Bolt, the six-time Olympic gold medallist, looked very comfortable when winning his quarterfinal heat on Thursday night, and although he still has a semi-final race to contest before the final, it is difficult to look past the world record holder winning another national crown.
Nickel Ashmeade, who ran the quickest time in the quarterfinals on Thursday night, at 10.07, looks like a strong contender for a Rio slot, which means one of the big names will not make it.
Yohan Blake, the 2012 double Olympic silver medallist, is back to full strength and looked comfortable during his heat on Thursday, while Asafa Powell, although finishing third in his quarterfinals, admits that he was jogging all the way and has a lot more in the tank for the semis and final.
Elaine Thompson Should Win Women’s Race
On the women’s side, the battle for the crown should be much tighter, but world 200m silver medallist Thompson should start as the favourite.
The world indoor 60m bronze medallist worked hard in the fall to correct a number of things in the first part of her race and is expected to be too strong for the rest of the field.
It’s never a good idea to count out reigning two-time Olympic champion Fraser-Pryce, but at the moment, even she has to admit that making the Olympic team is the prime target.
The Beijing 2008 and London 2012 champion has been troubled by a toe injury and there were signs of her uneasiness with the problem on Thursday night.
Veronica Campbell-Brown is another sprinter to look out for and she revealed after her heat on Thursday that she will step things up in the semis and final come Friday night.
Keep a close eye on Christania Williams as well, who looked impressive when winning her heat with 11.20, and running into a -3.0 m/s headwind.
Action in the men’s and women’s 400m will also get underway on Friday’s Day Two, with the likes of Shericka Jackson, Stephanie Ann McPherson, Novlene William-Mills and Christine Day expected to go through easily on the women’s side.
Javon Francis will start his hunt for the men’s crown, with the likes of Damish Gaye, Rusheen McDonald and Fitzroy Dunkley chasing places side as well on the men’s.
The women and men’s 400m hurdles finals are also slated for the second day of the Jamaica Olympic Team Trials on Friday.
Friday – Day 2 JAAA – Jamaica Senior Trials 2016 Schedule
5:00pm Pole Vault Men – Final
5:30pm Discus Women – Final
5:45pm 400M Women – Heats
6:00pm 400M Men Heats
6:20pm PRESENTATION – Javelin & Triple Jump Men
6:55pm OFFICAL OPENING CEREMONY
7:00pm Long Jump Women – Final
7:00pm 100M Women – Semi-finals
7:12pm 100M – Semi-finals
7:28pm 800M Men – Semi-finals
7:37pm PRESENTATION – Discus Women/Pole Vault Men
7:42pm 5000M Men – Final
8:00pm PRESENTATION – 5000M Men
8:10pm 400M Hurdles Women – Final
8:20pm 400M Hurdles Men – Final
8:25pm PRESENTATION – Long Jump (W)/400M H – M & W
8:35pm 1500M Women – Final
8:42pm 1500M Men – Final
8:50pm PRESENTATIONS – 1500M Men & Women
9:00pm 100M Women – Final
9:05pm PRESENTATIONS – 100M Women
9:15pm 100M Men – Final
9:20pm PRESENTATIONS – 100M Men