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Thompson produces sensational effort to win first national title; Jackson retains female crown

Commentary by Spencer Darlington on the men's and women's 100m finals

Sprint sensation Kishane Thompson blitzed his way to a world-leading and personal best 9.77 seconds to capture the men's 100 metres title on Friday’s second day at the JAAA Puma National Senior and Junior Athletics Championships at the National Stadium.

Thompson who oozed to 9.84 seconds in the semis, upstaged Oblique Seville in the final to run the second fastest time ever at the stadium behind Yohan Blake's 9.75 seconds. Seville was second in 9.82 seconds, while Ackeem Blake took third 9.92 seconds. Thompson's time surpassed the previous world lead of 9.79 seconds ran by Kenya's Ferdinand Omanyala.

Meanwhile, Shericka Jackson defended her 100 metre title in a season's best 10.84 seconds.

Jackson hand to fend off the challenge of training partner Tia Clayton in 10.90 seconds and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce who made her fifth Olympics team with 10.94 seconds.  

Elsewhere on Friday, Rushell Clayton and Malique James King produced big personal best efforts to win the 400m hurdles titles.

Clayton became the second fastest Jamaican woman in the event when she clocked 52.51 seconds to win ahead of Janieve Russell 53.33 and Shiann Salmon in a personal best 53.71 seconds.

James-King sizzled his way to a stunning 47.42 seconds, chopping almost a full second off his previous personal best to land the men’s equivalent.

National record holder Roshawn Clarke 48.04 and Jaheel Hyde 48.35 seconds, finished second and third respectively.

 

 

 



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