I'm disappointed that the three semi-final format has now crept into Jamaican athletics, but it is what it is. Would have been nice for the announcer at the track to have mentioned that there wouldn't be any W100m races tonight, but then again maybe the decision wasn't made known to him until the M100m was about to start. Par for the course if so. And of course, no wind reading was ever mentioned for any race, neither by the announcer or on the giant results screen. Is it really too much to ask for in this day and age?
If crowd reception was the determining factor Asafa and Michael would be the hands down winners. Both were very well received, long before they were announced. Bolt and Asafa toyed with their respective races. Blake looked good in his. Michael looked very good in his and definitely seems in sub-10 shape. I'm not sure of Carter, but he and Michael should be doing enough in the final to keep the top three honest in terms of legitimate effort. If all goes to form in the semi-finals it should be the highest quality national M100m final ever anywhere.
Someone mentioned the lighting, deservedly so. It almost seemed that the powers that be wanted to keep the electricity bill down. The towers were turned on later than usual and only about a third of each tower was utilized. It felt dark inside the grand stands. I noticed that the tv cameras had to widen their apertures to enhance the on field lighting.
I made sure to be at the Stadium a half hour before the scheduled start of the afternoon/evening session because I wanted to watch the javelin. Our men's javelin program is in desperate need of help. Quality coaching is obviously lacking. Short run up, stop, throw with arm only just doesn't cut it, as was painfully obvious by the 60m winning throw. I'm sure the raw talent is there but it just seems to not be getting proper direction. 19m short of the B standard is embarrassing, but at least there is a program. If it doesn't receive serious help soon it will never develop and that would be a shame. Surprisingly, the standings were announced at the end of each round, which was a pleasant change from the norm. Perhaps having nothing else happening made this easier but it was appreciated. Female announcer, so it wasn't the male announcer who had the microphone for the track events.
Looking forward to the W400m as some interesting names are through to the next round, with race times revealing not much right now.
Every time I watch a M400m race I shake my head, remembering our rich tradition and wondering if we will ever see its return. It is a sprint event begging for more persons to take it seriously, and I refuse to believe that we don't have the talent to have three or four men under 45 at the same time. A thought struck me this evening; just wondered why MVP doesn't have any good 400m men while their W400m and W400mh programs are so good. Random thought I know but it is a curiosity.
preston wrote:jazz, you're not seriously trying to compare what happened in 2008 to what can happen in 2012? 2012 doesn't have the talent discrepancy that 2008 had. Bolt and Powell will be forced to run, as will Blake, Carter, and Frater or whoever else makes that final.
I thought they would run in 2008, but I was wrong. Americans run hard to the finish line in the Olympic Trials regardless of how dominant they are.
Does it really matter how Bolt runs as long as he wins?
Dave wrote:I still maintain that the Jamaican OT and the US OT may be more interesting to watch than the OG itself(prior to the Olympic final).
Only a person who only cares about the sprints would agree this statement. The U.S. Trials lags behind the Olympics because of the women's field events and the men's javelin, discus and hammer, but the Jamaican trials are weak in everything except the sprints, the long jump the women's middle distance and maybe the decathlon. Do the Jamaican Trials even have a women's pole vault or javelin throw?
Fortunately, 95% of the posters on this board only care about the sprints.
Err, I think you're confusing Track & Field News with Sprintzone.
jamaica50 wrote:It will be alot more exciting and competive versus the US trials.
So you think the Jamaican women's 200 will be more competitive than the American version. What about the men's 110 hurdles, the women's 100 hurdles or the men's 5000 from last night when Rupp and Lagat put on a show for the ages when Rupp brought back the spirit of Pre by breaking his 40-year-old Trials record in the house he built?
I was hoping it would have been Lee but the spoiler for this year is Bailey Cole who will certainly dip below 9.99 for a relay spot. Lee hasn't realized his full potential as yet but he'll get there soon.
And on that note, look for Warren Wier Versus Julian Forte for the third place battle with Ashmede. We're gonna see first to fifth clocking below 20.00. I like this setup.
I'm expecting a slightly faster 100m than the us finals given bolt & the difference in weather. Bolt 9.74 Blake 9.80 Asafa 9.88 Carter 9.94 Frater 9.95 Bolt will either have a bad start or will shut it down early, blake will run a hard race, asafa will do just enough to make top 3, and the other 2 will fight for the relay spot. I could be very wrong but I dont think theres been a more predictable outcome in a 100m final in a while. Its just a matter of how fast they will go.
Here's the lineup for the Semis, from links in the same article linked above.
Just kidding?!? Not LOL!
"Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell have been drawn alongside each other in the semi-finals of the 100 metres at the Jamaica Nationals Championships to select its team to the London Olympics.
The semi-finals and final are on Friday.
Blake, the fastest from the preliminaries with a time of 10.00 seconds, will line up in lane four, while Powell, who clocked 10.19secs in his heat will be in lane three.
Nesta Carter, the World Indoor silver medallist over 60m is also in the first semis and he will start from lane six. Jacques Harvey, who is favoured to make the final is also in the race along with Kimmari Roach.
World record holder Usain Bolt will run from the second semi-finals and he will have the likes of Michael Frater and Lerone Clarke for company.
Kemar Bailey-Cole and Rasheed Dwyer are also in semis two."