Jamaica has real depth in its sprinting events, particularly the 100m and 200m. On both sides of the gender divide, there are many athletes who, for whatever reason, would rather train hard for a career in the 100m and 200m, when the facts that marketable invisibility, stare them square in the eyes.
Jamaica can only send 2 indoor and 3 outdoor athletes in each event to a championship, 4 if we have the wild card champion from the IAAF world championships 2 years prior.
Jamaica can submit many names and take many persons for the relay pool but, we can only make a maximum of 2 changes from heats to finals, which leaves us with a Maximum 6 persons competing at a championship in the relay.
At the National Championships, we have on average, 5 Preliminary rounds, 4 Heats, 2 – 3 Semifinals and 1 Final.
So, if you break it down, of all the athletes who compete in the 100m, the maximum number who can go to the championships is: the top 3 winners, and the other 3, maybe 5. Of those, the maximum who will compete if there are no injuries, is 6. So for every 60 athlete who tryout, only 6 (1/10th) will be selected.
The 200m is a little less saturated but as our narrow minded view of track and field continues to perpetuate, it is a prophetic guarantee that we will soon see the same thing happen as in the 100m.
From a marketing stand point, we have athletes who could make better quarter milers, milers, throwers or jumpers than sprinters .
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Usain “St. Legend” BOLT will head a sub 20 second Jamaican Quartet in the Samsung Diamond League meet in Zürich, Switzerland. Olympic bronze medalist Warren WEIR, Nicket ASHMEADE and Jason YOUNG will be in lanes 5, 4 and 3 respectively with “The Legend” in 6.
August 30th, 2012 – 200m Men – 2:15pm Jamaica Time
The trio of the 4x100m World Record quartet will battle each other and arch rivals from up north in the Men’s 100m in Zürich. Double silver medalist Yohan BLAKE will be joined by Michael FRATER and Nesta CARTER to fend off a comparable opposition of USA trio Tyson GAY, Ryan BAILEY and Darvis PATTON.
August 30th, 2012 – 100m Men – 1:50pm Jamaica Time
Olympic Finalist Leford Green, runs out of lane 2 in the Men’s 400m hurdles. Green will be the first Jamaican athlete to grace the track at the Weltklasse Zürich, the penultimate meet in the Samsung Diamond League series, August 30th, 2012.
August 30th, 2012 – 400m H Men – 1:05pm Jamaica Time
On the 1st day of athletics at the 2012 Olympic Games, Jamaica started out with a 13 athletes ready to do battle with the rest of the world. However, only 10 athletes were able to advance to round 2 of their events. Complete results with performances can be found on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/jaInvitational.
In the Shot Put Men, pacing 10th with a throw of 20.61m, Dorian Scott made history as he became the first Jamaican to make an Olympic Shot Put Finals.
The Men 400m Hurdles saw an advance for 1 out of 3 competitors. Leford Green was the only Jamaica to advance to the Semi-Finals. Green had clipped a hurdle early on in the race which messed up his rhythm but he kept his composure and focus and was able to recover enough to place 2nd in his heat. Roxroy Cato and Josef Robertson did not advance.
Women’s 400m went as expected with all the competitors advancing to the next round. Christine Day in her first Olympics got second in her heat but admittedly ran harder than was required. Rosemarie Whyte and Novelene Williams-Mills looked in control and poised for round 2.
Women’s 100m, the premiere event in the sport saw the big names gracing the track in fine style. Veronica Campbell-Brown, Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce and Kerron Stewart advanced to each of tomorrows 3 heat Semi-Finals.
Triple duo Kimberly Williams and Trecia Smith showed their class in that event. Williams qualified with a new personal best while Smith looks to be growing from strength to strength. Women’s triple Jump Finals is Sunday. Stay tuned.
Demar Forbes’ mark of 7.79 was not enough to advance to the Finals of the Long Jump Finals, But when asked of his thoughts on his performance, he vows to do better next time around.
The stage is set for an interested day tomorrow. For updates on the Olympics and our Athletes’ progress – Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
The Startlist for the Women Triple Jump Finals at the 2012 Olympic Games has been posted and Jamaica will have 2 athletes vying for podium spots. Kimberly Williams and Trecia Smith will compete in Sunday’s Finals at 1:35pm Jamaica Time. Good Luck Ladies. Your best is all we ask.