With a terrible start, Usain Bolt got out late, but was in the race, as Yohan Blake took the lead and ran his personal best of 9.75 in the Jamaican Trials 100 meter final. Asafa Powell ran 9.88 to Usain Bolt's 9.86. That was what we watched on the computer with our friends at Lets Run. Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce ran a NR of 10.70 to win the women's 100m in Jamaica, with Veronica Campbell Brown with 10.86 and Kerron Stewart in 10.94.
With two more days in the 2012 US Olympic Trials, there will be some killer races, like the 200 meters, the 1,500 meters and the men's triple jump and women's long jump. And what about a settlement of the women's 100m dead heat?
The battle is on!
BLAKE BEATS BOLT, NR FOR FRASER-PRYCE
KINGSTON (JAM, Jun 29): Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins the women's 100m in a Jamaican record 10.70 (+0.6) and in one of the most anticipated 100m races Yohan Blake destroyed the field to take the national crown on the second day of the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships at the National Stadium. Blake running from lane 7 clocked the fastest time in the world this year and personal best 9.75 (+1.1) to defeat world record holder and double Olympic champion Usain Bolt. Bolt recovered from a bad start to post 9.86 seconds to place second. Former world record holder Asafa Powell ran 9.86 seconds to finish third and qualify for his third Olympics. Also sub 10 fourth Mike Frater 9.94 ahead of Kemar Bailey-Cole 10.00, Nesta Carter 10.01 and Lerone Clarke 10.07. In the women's section, Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce smashed the national record and became the fourth fastest woman in history blazing to 10.70 in demolishing the field in the final of the women's 100m.Veronica Campbell-Brown placed second in 10.82 seconds and Kerron Stewart 3rd in 10.94. Sherone Simpson in 11.01 beat Schillonie Calvert 11.05 for the relay places. Earlier Olympic champion Melanie Walker booked her ticket to the Olympic Games with a smooth 54.77 seconds to take the women's 400m hurdles final. Training partner and former Diamond League winner Kaliese Spencer came second with a time of 55.04. Nickiesha Wilson took the final qualifying spot running the „A" standard of 55.50. National junior record holder Ristannana Tracey missed out on her first Olympic Games running a time of 55.64 seconds. In the men's section Leford Green secured his place to the London Olympics winning the final in a time of 48.88. Josef Robertson clocked a time of 49.53, while Roxroy Cato did 49.65 to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively. Olympic medalist Danny McFarlane did not make the cut this time around as he finished 4th in a time of 49.69. Informs Trackalerts.com.
BOLT HAD A BAD START
KINGSTON (JAM): Usain Bolt lost a race only for a second time since his Beijing show (Stockholm 2010 to Tyson Gay 100 m and we need to count also the dq in Daegu). He was slower out of the blocks than the rest of the field. „I thought it was a good race but everybody kept moving in the blocks and that kind of threw me off," Bolt said. „I think overall I executed through the first 60 meters but the last part not so good, overall it was okay. For me it is just one of those things." Glen Mills, who coaches both Blake and Bolt, told Reuters: „We are right where we want to be going into London. We just want to keep them healthy. The strategy, we didn't send him (Blake) to Europe and he is in far better shape than Bolt at this time. We have four weeks (until the Olympics) and we will take it in stride. We know what to do, so we'll get there. Bolt is a tough cookie and I think he will survive." They will return to run the 200 m heats on Saturday.
HUGE LONG JUMPING IN THE QUALIFICATION
EUGENE (USA, Jun 29): Three of the six Olympic qualifiers from Friday's U.S. Olympic Team Trials are young collegians. Colorado's Emma Coburn and Shalaya Kipp qualified in the steeplechase, and Tia Brooks of Oklahoma took the third in the women's shot put in front of a crowd of 21,097 at Hayward Field. Coburn, who set a huge lifetime best at the Pre Classic on June 2, enjoyed another relatively unchallenged tour around the Hayward field 9:32.78. Behind her, Bridget Franek moved up steadily through the field and held off a charging Shalaya Kipp for second at 9:35.62, as Kipp achieved the Olympic A standard with a 9:35.73 in third. Even on a relatively subpar day, American Record holder Jill Camarena-Williams was able to summon up a 19.16 in the third round to win the women's shot put, and her third career U.S. outdoor title. 2008 Trials champion Michelle Carter launched an 18.57 on her fifth attempt to take second. NCAA winner Tia Brooks of Oklahoma held the early lead and finished third to nab her first Olympic berth with a throw of 18.34. 2008 Olympic silver medalist Hyleas Fountain ended the day in first place after four events in the women's heptathlon. Fountain finished second in both the 100m hurdles (12.84) and the high jump (1.87) and held on with the fifth best shot put and third best 200m of the day. Fountain now sits in the lead by a margin of 151 points with 3948. Setting up one of the most anticipated finals of the Trials, Sanya Richards-Ross, Allyson Felix and Carmelita Jeter all moved on in the women's 200 as 400m champ Richards-Ross had the fastest time at 22.15 (+0.6). Felix clocked a 22.30 (+0.8) to take the third semifinal heat ahead of 2011 World bronze medalist Jeter's 22.64, and NCAA champion Kimberlyn Duncan of LSU advanced with a 22.37 in semi two. Jeneba Tarmoh and 100m runner-up Tianna Madison went 1-2 in the first semifinal 22.30 (+3.4) and 22.33.Defending World champion and American Record holder Lashinda Demus recorded the fastest time by an American this year in the semifinal of the women's 400m hurdles with a 54.41 runaway victory in section two. The top three advancers in the men's 400m hurdles share five Olympic and World titles between them. Two-time Olympic champion Angelo Taylor looked very impressive in winning the second semifinal at 48.77, sprinting to the front over the first five hurdles and then maintaining and easing home in front of Michael Tinsley's 49.05. Bershawn Jackson took care of the first semifinal heat in 48.83 ahead of Kerron Clement's 49.04. Last year's national champion, Jeshua Anderson, failed to advance. 2011 World No. 1 Morgan Uceny and World Champion Jenny Simpson led the way in the women's 1500m semifinals, going 1-2 in the first section with Uceny tops at 4:08.90. Four women met the automatic advancement standard of 675m in long jump qualifying, including a windy (+2.8) and massive 715 by Janay Deloach. Another shocker came from Vashti Thomas of The San Francisco Academy of Art in round two, as she moved to equal eighth on the U.S. all-time list with a 697 effort. Thomas had a previous PR of 648 indoors. World Indoor and Outdoor champion Brittney Reese needed only one attempt, spanning 688. Three-time World Championships medalist Wallace Spearmon was easily the best of the qualifiers for the semifinal of the men's 200m, strolling to a windy 20.17 (+3.1) in the first heat. Dix and Gatlin did not run. 2011 World Champion Jason RIchardson (+0.3) and Aries Merritt (-1.6) produced the fastest times 13.13 from the opening round of the 110m hurdles. Not advancing from the first round was Terrence Trammell, who clocked 13.86 for fifth place in the final heat. Kara Patterson won the javelin with 60.49 m. From USATF website.
MONTSHO 49.54, OKAGBARE 697
PORTO NOVO (BEN, Jun 29): Third day of African Championships saw world champion Amantle Montsho winning in a fast time of 49.54 ahead of Nigerian Regina George 51.11 and former world champion Amy Mbacke Thiam 51.58. Also gold for Botswana in men´s 400 m with Isaac Makwala getting 45.25 in front of Oscar Pistorius in 45.52 who missed the oly qualifier. Algerian Tarik Makhloufi won 800 m in a fast time of 1:43.88, second Kenyan Anthony Chemut in 1:44.58 and third Andre Oliver of South Africa 1:45.09. Double for Kenya in steeple with Abel Mutai in 8:16.05 and Wilson Maraba 8:16.96, bronze for Ugandan Benjamin Kiplagat 8:18.73. Moroccan Rabab Arafi won 1500m women in 4:05.80 new champs-record beating Kenyans Mary Kuria (4:06.22) and Margaret Wangare (4:06.50). Blessing Okagbare won the long jump as expected with high quality 696 (+1.7) and helped Nigeria to win 4x100m in new meet record 43.21. In the men´s relay gold for South Africa 39.26 over Nigeria (39.34) and Ghana (39.40). Another Nigerian gold for NCAA Champ Amaechi Morton 49.32 at 400 m hurdles when LJ Van Zyl did not finish, South African Lehan Fourie stopped the clock at 13.55 (-0.8) in heats of hurdles, new meet record. Ohunomoa Osazuwa of Nigeria leads heptathlon 3768 (Margaret Simpson is no longer continuing). South African gold for Victor Hogan in discus 61.80 and hammer was completed with Amy Sene 65.55 win for Senegal. High jump gold for Seychelles as Lissa Labiche beat with 186 on count back South African Anika Smit.
PORTO NOVO (BEN): Four-time Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius has missed out on his dream of competing in the 400 meters individual event at the London 2012 Olympic Games after he failed to better the 45.30 Olympic ‚A' qualification standard required for the event. Pistorius admitted he is disappointed with the result but that he still hopes to be selected for the South African 4x400m Olympic relay team, which is widely tipped to win a medal at London 2012. „My race today felt good and I'm pleased to have won the silver medal at the African Championships," Pistorius said. „I am obviously disappointed that my time was just outside of the Olympic qualification time by two tenths of a second. I had felt very strong coming into this competition as my fitness and speed has been continually improving. I was in good shape to set the time and believe my speed will only increase over the next few weeks. I had a great early start to the season, setting the Olympic qualification time and I am hoping that there is still the opportunity for me to be selected to run for South Africa in the 4x400m relay."
CALGARY (CAN, Jun 29): At National Championships of Canada Justyn Warner won the 100 m in 10.15 (+1.0) beating Ian Warner 10.20 and Oluseiy Smith 10.22. Daundre Barnaby won the 400 m in 46.00 and in tactical races Nate Brannen 3:49.22 and NCAA Champ Cameron Levins the 5000 m in 14:34.82. Solid hurdles for Matthew Brisson 13.73 (+1.5). Hurdler Phylicia George won the 100 m in windy 11.30 (+2.5) in close finish with Crystal Emmanuel also 11.30. Jenna Martin got the 400 m in 51.53. In good 1500 m of oly standard holders Malindi Elmore achieved 4:13.58 over Hillary Stellingwerf 4:13.94 and Nicole Sifuentes 4:14.06. Sheila Reid 16:15.23 in the 5000 m and Nicole Forrester cleared 186 to win the high jump with Elizabeth Gleadle 60.13 in javelin.
SAO PAULO (BRA, Jun 29): From Trofeu Brasil Caixa Atletismo (National Championships) to report that Hederson Alves won the 400m in 45.25 with other two sub 46 times. In women 400 m also good 51.46 by Gisela Aparecida ahead of Joelma das Neves 51.54. Fabio Gomes da Silva cleared 540 in pole vault. Nonata da Silva second title in 5000 m (after 10k) in 15:36.57. Good quality Lucimara Silvestre 6026 in heptathlon and 1:21:36 in 20 km walk for Caio Oliveira.
SAN SALVADOR (ESA, Jun 29): Bahamian Teray Smith won the 100 m in 10.58 (+0.9) at CAC Junior Championships. In the U17 even faster winner Jamaican Jevaughn Minzie in 10.46 (-0.6 and 10.42 +0.4 in heats). Impressive Wesley Vazquez (18) of Puertorico 1:46.89 in the 800 m. Also good Javarn Gallimore of Jamaica 50.83 in the 400 m hurdles. Dominican Republic Fanny Chalas won the girls 100 m in 11.53 (-1.0). Akela Jones of Barbados got two U17 wins in high jump 181 and long jump 636 (+0.1).
MOSCOW (RUS, Jun 28): Second day of U23 Championships of the city European junior champion 2011 Vera Rudakova clocked new PB 56.64 at 400 m hurdles. Good 73.31 in hammer for Oksana Kondratyeva.
CALGARY (JAM): Athletes Charmaine Crooks of Vancouver, B.C., Milt Ottey of Toronto, Ont., Guillaume LeBlanc of Sept-Îles, Que., Dave Steen of New Westminster, B.C., and Bruny Surin of Montreal, Que., were enriched into Athletics Canada's Hall of Fame to officially kick off Hall of Fame Friday at the 2012 Canadian Track and Field trials.
MONACO (MON): Herculis Samsung Diamond League meet on July 20 confirmed more stars.In the 400 m olympic winner LaShawn Merritt against Martyn Rooney and Borlee brothers. Zuzana Hejnova returns for 400 m hurdles after two wins here. In women 800 m Caster Semenya is going to clash with Alysia Montano. Briton Andrew Osagie is in the 800 m, Silas Kiplagat in the 1500 m. In long jump world indoor champion Mauro Vinicius da Silva against Mitchell Watt. Fresh Eurowinner Robbie Grabarz is in the high jump. Global medalist Olga Rypakova in the triple and Stephanie Brown-Trafton in women discus. Yelena Isinbaeva will fight with Fabiana Murer in the pole vault.
EUGENE (USA): World Express Athletic Management, a full service athletic management company announced it has signed three new athletes to its roster, following the NCAA National Championships. Whitney Gipson (Women's Long Jump - Texas Christian Univ); Jarret Eaton (Men's 110m hurdles - Syracuse Univ.) and Brittany Borman (Javelin - Oklahoma University).
PORTO NOVO (BEN): The mark of Ndis Kaba Badji in long jump is 804 (not 814).