Nugent breaks national record to highlight last day of National Trials

Former Excelsior High School standout Ackera Nugent says her preparation was geared towards delivering a fast time at the National Senior Athletics Championships, but breaking the national record was never on her mind.

Nugent lowered the women's 100m hurdles national record to 12.28 seconds to erase the 12.31 seconds done by Brittany Anderson in 2022 .

The men's 110m hurdles provided the most drama, as it took several minutes to determine the top three as it was .01 seconds that separated first from third.

Rasheed Broadbell was given the win with 13.18 seconds to retain his title, the same time as Orlando Bennett with Olympic champion Hansel Parchment third in 13.19 seconds.

Meanwhile, the top three to represent Jamaica in the women's 400m will all be making their individual event debut at the Olympic Games as national record holder Nickisha Pryce, Stacey-Ann Williams and Junelle Bromfield booked their ticket to Paris.

Pryce, the second fastest woman in the event this year, crossed the line in 50.01 seconds to retain the national title and book her spot to her first Olympic Games.

2021 Olympic relay bronze medallist Stacey-Ann Williams ended second in a season’s best 50.56 seconds, while Junelle Bromfield secured her individual spot to a first senior global event in finishing third in 51.24, having run the Olympic qualifying standard in the semi-finals on Saturday.

Meanwhile, new star has been born after former Edwin Allen athlete Bryan Levell upset the field to run a personal best to win the men's 200m.

Levell became the fastest Jamaican this year when he crossed the line in 19.97 seconds to finish ahead of defending champion Andrew Hudson 20.02 and Javari Thomas 20.32 seconds.

It capped off a brilliant championship for Levell who also ran a personal best 9.98 seconds in the semi-final of the 100 metres on Thursday.

The women's equivalent was won by world champion Shericka Jackson in 22.29 seconds.

Lanae-Tava Thomas 22.34 and Niesha Burgher 22.39 seconds, ended second and third respectively.

In the field, Jordan Scott and Obrien Wasome gave themselves a shot of making the Olympic games through the quota system after ending first and second respectively in the men's triple jump.

Scott took the national title with 16.87 metres, while Wasome was second in 16.19 metres. Elvis Graham won the men's javelin throw with a mark of 71.88 metres.

The men's hammer throw was won by Daniel Cope with 59.78 metres, while the women's equivalent went to Erica Belvit with 68.28 metres.



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