Chelsea Hammond leaps into Beijing Olympics
Posted by Dresonic on June 28, 2008
Despite not jumping anywhere near her best this season, Chelsea Hammond did enough to book her ticket to Beijing this summer after retaining her long jump title on yesterday’s first day of the JAAA National Senior Championships at the National Stadium.
Hammond, who is the only Jamaican female long jumper with an Olympic ‘B’ standard, won the event with a best jump of 6.16m and later said she would be “happy with anything right now” while admitting it was a tough day.
|Chelsea Hammond in her jump of 6.16m at the JAAA National Senior Championships at the National Stadium last evening. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)|
Hammond who suffered an injury after winning the event last year and missed the IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan has a season best 6.69m and said she would use the time between now and the Olympic Games to prepare, “just keep doing what I have been doing, training hard”.
Hammond’s best jump last night came on her fifth attempt and was accompanied by a -0.7m/s wind.
He second best attempt was 6.57m done on her final attempt which was still better than second placed Jovanee Jarrett’s 6.52m while Nolle Graham was third with 6.49m.
National record holder Elva Goulbourne was fourth with a best of 6.42m.
Former World Championship gold medalist Trecia Smith will try to make the team today when she lines up to defend her title in the triple jump against a small field of five athletes.
Smith who is recovering from a back injury suffered in Osaka last year has not been competing this year but told the Observer this week, “I’ve been quietly preparing… I didn’t have the surgery because it wasn’t necessary.”
The former Manning’s School and Pittsburg University student said she has had “several MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans done after the inflammation went down and it is a central protrusion, but it does not require surgery and I’ve been managing that and I started training in October,” Smith explained.
Louisiana State University’s Andrea Linton who has a season best 13.57m will also be in the field.
Former St Hughes High athlete, 21-year-old Phelecia Reynolds, now attending Louisiana Tech won her first national senior title when she took the women’s discus throw in 45.15m
The LA Tech junior holder and Western Athletics Conference (WAC) champion who came in with a season and personal best 51.69m, beat Genneva Greaves of MVP Track Club- 42.00m and former Vere Technical Girls Champs winner Kenisha Throughsingh- 40.55m.
Aundre Clarke of the University of Technology retained the men’s javelin throw with a best mark of 61.58m, just better than the 61.27m he threw to win last year.
Michael Chambers of GC Foster College was second with 50.28m while Wilton Peart was third with 36.34m.
Zara Northover will defend her shot put title this afternoon and will start favourite to win after a personal best 17.01m earlier.
Nadia Alexander of Louisiana Tech who won the discus last year is expected to be her main rival.
The men’s high jump and men’s discuss will also be contested today.
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