JAMAICA JUNIOR TEAM IN POLAND
Posted by Dresonic on July 3, 2008
RUDDOCK… has one of the fastest times among Juniors in 100m hurdles
Sprinter Nickel Ashmeade and hurdler Natasha Ruddock were yesterday named captains of Jamaica’s team to the 12th IAAF World Junior Championships in athletics which starts in Bydgoszcz, Poland, next Tuesday.
Ashmeade, a St Jago High School athlete, qualified for both the 100m and 200m at the meet with top two finishes at the National Junior Trials at GC Foster College last month.
The Boys Champs and CARIFTA Under-20 200m gold medallist won the half-lap event at Junior Trials and was second to Herbert Morrison’s Dexter Lee in the 100m.
Despite tripping on the final barrier in the Girls 17-19 100m hurdles event at Trials, Ruddock, a former St Jago star who attends Essex County Community College in New Jersey, has one of the fastest times among Juniors in the world. She was selected, along with Shermaine Williams, to contest the event.
Despite several delays in London, where they changed planes, and in Poland where they arrived on Tuesday, the team has settled and has begun training, manager Ian Forbes told the Observer yesterday.
Forbes said they experienced delays during the bus transfer from Gatwick International airport in London to Heathrow, where they joined a flight to Warsaw, the Polish capital – which was also delayed.
There were further delays once they got to Poland between Warsaw and Posnan and from Posnan to Bydgoszcz.
Forbes said three bags belonging to members of the delegation which did not arrive with them on Tuesday turned up yesterday and the athletes and managers were all in good spirits.
The team had their first training session yesterday as they joined the pre-competition camp and another session was planed for this morning under the supervision of technical head Jerry Holness and head coach Danny Hawthorne.
Members of the 32-member Jamaican team will be in action on the first day in the qualifying heats of the 400m for Boys and Girls; the first round and semi-finals of the 100m for Boys and Girls; Boys long jump, Girls’ high jump and first-round heats of the 800m for both Boys’ and Girls.
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