Top juniors to star at national championships
(Above) Javauney James
(Above) File Akeem Bloomfield
(Above) Christopher Taylor
(Above) Jaheel Hyde
The country’s top junior athletes will take the spotlight this weekend as the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association Supreme Ventures National Championships take place at the National Stadium.
The athletes are seeking selection on Jamaica’s team to the World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland from July 19-24.
Defending world junior 400 metres hurdles champion, Jaheel Hyde, will lead several athletes who are ranked in the top ten of their events.
Hyde, who won gold two years ago in Eugene, Oregon, will be the big favourite to win the event and stay on course to defend his world title.
Despite finishing down the track in the event at last Saturday’s JN Racers Grand Prix Meet, Hyde is still head and shoulders above his peers and should win easily.
The likes of Jauavney James of St. Elizabeth Technical, Akeem Francis of Calabar, Timor Barrett of St. Jago High and the Kingston College duo of Orlando Smith and Sherwayne Allen should have an exciting and battle for the second spot here.
There should be a repeat of the Boys’ and Girls’ Championships Class One 100m clash featuring Nigel Ellis of St. Elizabeth Technical, Jhevaughn Mattherson of Kingston College and Raheem Chambers of St. Jago High in the blue riband event.
Ellis has been the best among his peers so far this season and his best of 10.16 seconds sees him at number two on the IAAF top list in the event. Only Abdullah Abker Mohammed of Saudi Arabia has gone faster.
Mattherson and Chambers, with season’s best of 10.25 seconds each, are at joint number eight on the top list and both could give Ellis more to do this time around.
Ellis with a best of 20.40 seconds is at number five in the 200 metres.
One of the events that could attract more attention is the 400 metres as World Youth champion, Christopher Taylor of Calabar High will battle Carifta Games Under 20 champion, Akeem Bloomfield of Kingston College.
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