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There are many occasions when a national level sports event is awaited with keen interest by the fans, but the real excitement is usually for the international event to follow. There is the IAAF World Championships to be held in Doha, Qatar, in September this year. The athletes to represent Jamaica in the World Championships would be selected from the National Senior and Junior Track & Field Championships starting next week. There is a lot of excitement building up around the two sprint events -100 and 200 metres, basically due to the galaxy of stars likely to line up for these two events at both the levels, Senior and Junior.
Fierce Competition Likely
Jamaican athletes, both men and women, have earned a reputation in the international arena namely the golden boy, Usain Bolt. This has also created a certain pressure on the current crop of athletes to live up to this level of expectation. In the next week, the two sprint events are likely to showcase the fiercest competition.
Briana Williams, Kevona Davis and Kiara Grant are all pulsating prospects if one was to go by the kind of timings the girls have been clocking in the 100m sprint in the past few months. If one would do 11.11 seconds, the other would respond with 11.10 and then a come back of 11.02 and so on. Briana Williams’ coach has already made an announcement that she would be at start-up for both the 100 and 200m events at next week’s Nationals. She wants to do both at Doha as well. She has become a sensation at just 17 years of age.
Other Stars Won’t be Less Sparkling
These performances by Williams and Grant cannot take away the shine from some of the other sprinters in Jamaica. The celebrated names of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson will not be easily forgotten. These two have recorded sub-11 second timings of 10.97 and 10.89 seconds respectively in 100m sprints in different events in the recent past at international meets. Elaine Thompson has also indicated that her immediate goal could be the IAAF Championships at Doha. So, it may all boil down to next week’s National level Championships which, as suggested, could well be the selection trials for the Doha World Championships event.
There will be no dearth of fun and excitement for the fans and followers.