Steve Mullings finally got a win, but it was two-time Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown that brought the entire National Stadium to its feet on Sunday’s final day (26) of the 2011 Supreme Ventures Jamaican Championships.
Mullings, the second fastest 100m man this season behind his training partner Tyson Gay, dominated the curve before extending the lead in the home stretch to take the top spot in 20.10.Nickel Ashmeade, the first man to go sub 20 this season, was second in 20.32 while Mario Forsythe ran 20.37 to edge out Marvin Anderson.
Mullings said the aim was just to make the team, but welcomed the win.
"I am very satisfied … This is my best ever performance at the National Championships, considering the field I went up against in both sprints.”
“I am feeling good, just really sore, but I am glad I was able to come out here and get this victory without having another cramp like in the 100m, so I am really pleased," he added.
Campbell-Brown, who took the 100m title on Friday night (24), won the double when she clocked 22.44 seconds to beat Kerron Stewart again in a sprint event at the championships.
Stewart was second in 22.63, while Sherone Simpson, after missing the 100m team, finished third in 22.73.
Campbell-Brown, who dominated from start to finish, said “I am pleased that I came here and won the 100m and 200m races and that I ended healthy. I am now looking to go back into training to continue preparation for the rest of the season."
She also spoke of the competitiveness of the Jamaican Trials, by saying “I came into this trails knowing that the competition would be good, and I am really happy for the competition.”
In the women’s 400m final, Novleve Williams-Millis again proved hard to beat in Kingston with a 50.05secs win. Rosemarie Whyte finished second in 50.49 while Shericka Williams secured the final spot to Daegu with 50.81 for third.
Riker Hylton created a minor upset in the men’s 400m, especially after he failed to make the final at the NCAA National two weeks ago, but surprised the field to win in 45.30. Lansford Spence was second in 45.46 and Leford Green came third in 45.59. Jermaine Gonazales was fourth running 45.59.
Indira Spence took the women’s 100m Hurdles in 13.08 ahead of Vonette Dixon (13.12), Delloreen Ennis (13.13) and Andrea Bliss (13.16) in while Andrew Riley ran 13.36 to upstage National record holder Dwight Thomas in the men’s 110m hurdles with 13.38. Richard Phillips was third in 13.40 and Keiron Stewart fourth in 13.44.
Jabari Ennis cleared 5.00m for the men's Pole Vault title, Olivia McKoy threw 52.33 to take the Javelin and Dorian Scott had a 19.50 throw in the men's Shot Put.
Schoolgirl Kimberly Williamson cleared 1.83m to upstage Sheree Francis (1.80m) in the women's High Jump.
Anthony Foster for the IAAF
- Veronica Campbell-Brown wins the women's 200m at the 2011 Jamaican Champs (Anthony Foster) © Copyright