News28 Jun 2009

Bolt 9.86 and Fraser 10.88; Walker and Phillips excel over hurdles - JAM Champs , Day 2


Usain Bolt crosses the line in his usual confident style after winning the 2009 Jamaican 100m title (© Anthony Foster)

Kingston, JamaicaBeijing Olympic Games champions Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser won the men's and women's 100m races in world-leading times at the Jamaican Championships on Saturday (27).

Bolt, who recovered from a slow start to catch up and pass the faster starting Asafa Powell by the half way stage, won in 9.86sec (wind: -0.2m/s).

Bolt, who had time to point both index fingers at chest height, got in ahead of his Beijing's sprint relay teammates Powell (9.97) and Michael Frater (10.02).

"It (race) was good," Bolt said. "The execution was good. I think I got a fairly good start, which was good, because that was always the main problem for me," he added.

"I think I got that right and my drive phase was right. I am now looking forward to get into better shape," added Bolt, whose training was set back after a car accident in April.

Powell was also happy with his result. "It was a fairly good race because I am basically running on one leg, so I'm fairly happy. The aim was just to finish in the top two," he said.

Fraser back to top-form following operation

In the women's event, Fraser running 10.88 (-1.5m/s wind) beat the fast finishing Kerron Stewart, who finished second in 10.93, with Commonwealth Games champion Sheri Ann Brooks, third in 11.16.

Fraser, who had appendix surgery in April, was happy to be back in the fast lane."It has been a bad season for me, frustrating, but my coach has really motivated me," explained a happy Fraser.

Earlier, Olympic 100m silver medallist, Sherone Simpson, in her first race after knee surgery, failed to make it to the final after finishing fifth in her heat in 11.64.

World season lead for Phillips

In the 400m Hurdles, Isa Phillips won the men’s event in a world season leading 48.05, while Olympic champion Melaine Walker took the women’s event edging Kaliese Spencer at 54.70 by .01 of a second.

Kaliese Spencer, who led Walker metres to the tape, was second in 54.71 with Nickiesha Wilson third in 56.01.

Danny McFarlane was second in the men's event, running 48.54, to finish ahead of Josef Robertson (49.22).

Trecia-Kaye Smith, the 2005 World champion won the women's Triple Jump with 14.43m (1.2m/s wind)  in the fourth round. Kimberley Williams was second with 14.04m (1.0), a leap she produced in the fifth round.

Anthony Foster for the IAAF

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