At present’s opening day of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Affiliation (JAAA) Nationwide Senior Championships might be the calm earlier than the storm that’s anticipated to descend on Nationwide Stadium because the cream of the crop of Jamaica’s athletes search to ebook their locations on nationwide groups for worldwide competitors set for July.
The elite of Jamaica’s observe and discipline, based mostly on the outcomes over the following 4 days, will head to Tokyo, Japan, for the postponed Olympic Video games, whereas a group may even symbolize Jamaica on the NACAC Below-23 Championships in Costa Rica in two weeks’ time.
After final yr’s postponement of the Olympic Video games because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, and the following cancellation of the championships, the athletes – notably these based mostly abroad – will probably be competing in Jamaica for the primary time in two years.
Nonetheless, the athletes will probably be competing earlier than empty stands based mostly on protocols hammered out by the Authorities of Jamaica and the Ministry of Well being and Wellness, followers won’t be allowed on the venue.
The JAAA stated: “All senior athletes, native and foreign-based, who’re desirous of taking part within the JAAA Junior and Senior Nationwide Championships, current a unfavourable PCR take a look at earlier than their occasion begins. These checks will probably be freed from price to the athletes and outcomes will probably be obtainable in 24 hours.”
The discharge stated additionally that testing services have been briefly put in on the workplaces of the JAAA at 6 Tremaine Street to accommodate the required checks that began yesterday.
One last is about to be contested tonight, the lads’s javelin throw whereas the primary rounds of the lads’s and girls’s 400m hurdles may even be held.
Whereas there have been no shock entries for the senior championships that will probably be run alongside the junior, there was one obtrusive omission as St Elizabeth Technical’s Sachin Dennis’ identify was not in both of the 2 males’s 100m lists – senior or junior.
Dennis, who’s a junior, has a private better of 10.15 seconds, nonetheless shy of the Olympic qualifying mark of 10.05 seconds, however is ranked quantity 4 among the many Below-20 males.
Seventy-three males are all the way down to run the lads’s 100m which is able to begin this morning at 9:30 am with a qualify spherical the place 49 of the entries will compete for eight spots on this night’s quarter-finals.
The Jamaican male senior sprinters haven’t set the world on fireplace to date this yr with MVP TC’s Nigel Ellis the chief with 10.04 seconds adopted by former World Championships gold medallist Yohan Blake with a season’s finest 10.05 seconds.
The ladies, nevertheless, have been on fireplace and they’ll even be in motion of their first spherical when world chief Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who lately lowered her nationwide file to 10.63 seconds, will compete for the primary time since she grew to become the second girl to go below 10.70 seconds.
Olympic double dash champion Elaine Thompson-Herah leads a bunch of gifted girls who will probably be searching for their spots on the aircraft to Tokyo, together with nationwide junior file holder Briana Williams, Natasha Morrison and Kemba Nelson.
In the meantime Natalliah White, Ashanti Moore, Shashalee Forbes and newcomer Shockoria Wallace will probably be trying to safe spots in Friday’s last.
4 girls – led by 2017 Nationwide champions Ronda Whyte – have already gone below the qualifying time for the 400m hurdles, however it’s anticipated to be a battle for the three spots.
World and Olympic finalist Janieve Russell, World Below-20 silver medallist Shiann Salmon and 2016 Olympic finalist Leah Nugent have additionally made the usual, however it’s anticipated they might have firm in Friday’s last.
Andrenette Knight of the College of Virginia, the ACC champion and NCAA Division One finalist, Doha World Championships bronze medallist Rushell Clayton and US Junior School champion Lashanna Graham will all have their eyes on a spot on the group.
World Championships finalist Kemar Mowatt and World Below-20 finalist Leonardo Ledgister are the one Jamaican males with the Olympic customary within the males’s 400m hurdles to date.