Asafa versus Bolt after easy wins in heats
Posted by Dresonic on June 28, 2008
Former world 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell and Kerron Stewart sounded a signal of things to come in today’s finals of the men’s and women’s 100 metres by posting sub-10 and sub-11 times respectively on yesterday’s first day of competition at the Supreme Ventures National Senior Track and Field championships at the National Stadium.
Running in lane three of heat two, Powell exploded from the blocks and powered to the tape in 9.90 seconds ( wind 1.5m/s), beating his nearest rival and training partner Winston Barnes (10.33) by 0.43secs.
|Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell (left) and current world record holder Usain Bolt on their way to easy wins in last night’s men’s 100-metre heats at the National Stadium. Powell clocked an impressive 9.90 seconds, while Bolt cruised to 10.19 seconds. The two fastest men on the planet will sqaure off for national honours today in the semis scheduled for 6:20 pm and the final slated for 7:55 pm. (Photos: Bryan Cummings)|
On the women’s side, Kerron Stewart looked impressive in posting 10.99secs, the fastest time heading into today’s semi-finals.
The 2007 NCAA 200m champions exploded from the blocks and left Shelly-Ann Fraser (11.02secs PB) and 2006 Commonwealth 200m champions Sherone Simpson (11.11secs) in her wake. Title-holder and reigning world champions Veronica Campbell ran conservatively to win heat one in 11.28 ahead of Nickesha Anderson (11.33) and Aleen Bailey (11.33).
Samantha Henry, formerly of the Queens High School, also recorded a personal best of 11.16secs to win ahead of Sheri-Ann Brooks (11.26) and Simone Facey (11.34secs) respectively.
Isa Phillips enters today’s final of the men’s 400m hurdles with the fastest time, having clocked a season best 48.78 seconds to beat defending champion and Olympic silver medlallist Danny McFarlane (49.54) in heat one.
Kenia Sinclair, the 2006 commonwealth silver medallist, and Aldwyn Sappleton leads all qualifiers for tomorrow’s final of the 800 metres.
Sinclair shrugged off a spiking incident on the first lap to post 2:02.87 seconds, beating Neisha Bernard Thomas of Grenada (2:03.23) and Mellissa D-Leon of Trinidad & Tobago (2:06.19). Sappleton looked composed in producing 1:51.06secs to win heat two of the men’s equivalent.
The heptathlon was postponed because only one athlete, Peaches Roach, reported for the 100m hurdles – the first of the seven-event discipline.
Eleven finals are down to be completed on today’s second day of competition, including the men’s and women’s 100m.
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