News29 Jun 2009

Bolt completes double; ‘Not 100%’ Veronica Campbell-Brown runs 22.40 – JAM Champs, Day 3


Veronica Campbell-Brown takes the 200m at the 2009 Jamaican Champs (© Anthony Foster for the IAAF)

Triple World record holder, Usain Bolt, completed the sprint double while Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown took the women's 200m as the Jamaican Championships ended on Sunday (28).

Bolt strolled to an easy in 20.25 seconds into a -2.5m/s wind to beat Steve Mullings, second in 20.40 and Marvin Anderson, third in 20.63.

"I’m feeling alright,” commented Bolt who ran 9.86 sec to win the 100m on Saturday.

"There were a lot of fast guys behind me so I ran the corner pretty hard and then I came off and saw where I was and shut it down," explained Bolt of his performance.

According to Bolt, he did this because "I’m was a little bit tired because I am not really in the best shape" but maintained "I’m okay."

Campbell-Brown, who after silver two years ago in Osaka is chasing her first World Championships 200m crown in Berlin, ran home first in 22.40 into a headwind of -1.1 m/s. The 100m champion Shelly Ann Fraser finished second in 22.58 with former junior star Simone Facey taking third in 22.96.

Campbell-Brown said: "I’m not 100 percent over the toe injury but it is good enough, I can get the training done."

Kerron Stewart, who was third at last year’s Olympics, did not start, because of a sore ankle, according to her coach Henry Rolle. Sherone Simpson was also a none-starter, but her coach Stephen Francis could not be reached to speak about her withdrawal.

Delloreen Ennis-London won the women’s 100m Hurdles in 12.79sec, running into a headwind of -1.1m/s. Commonwealth Games champion Brigitte Foster Hylton was second in 12.87 with Lacena Golding- Clarke close behind in 12.89.

The 110m Hurdles went to many times winner Maurice Wignall, who raced home in 13.48 (-0.8), defeating Dwight Thomas (13.50) and Richard Phillips (13.61).

Novlene Williams-Mills beat Olympic silver medallist Shericka Williams in the women's 400m running 50.21sec to the latter's (50.39) and Christine Day (51.54).

The men’s title went to Ricardo Chambers in 45.55 in a thriller with Allodin Fothergill, the second place finisher with a time of 45.57 and Lansford Spence (45.78).

Kenia Sinclair won the women’s 800m in 2:01.63.

In the field, Alain Bailey secured the World Championships ‘A’ standard mark of 8.15m, by jumping 8.21 metres. Nicholas Gordon was second with 8.11m and Julian Reid third, also with 8.11m.

Anthony Foster for the IAAF

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