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Jazeel Murphy - teen Bolt
Bridgeport HIGH'S Jazeel Murphy is the fastest 15-year-old athlete this year.
Murphy, who hails from Spanish Town, St Catherine, ran a blistering 10.42 seconds to win the Boys Under-17 100m at the CARIFTA Trials at Stadium East recently, leaving in his wake second-place runner, Munroe College's Adam Cummings, 10.75, and Wolmer's Boys third-place athlete, Odean Skeen, 10.78. The victory margin was 0.33 seconds, which is quite impressive for a sprint.
Murphy's time was 0.11 seconds faster than the 10.53 seconds which Kemar Bailey-Cole of Old Harbour High to win the Under-20 boys' final. Murphy ran 22.54 seconds in the 200m final, in -5.1 m/s wind to complete the sprint double.
Murphy's achievement is somewhat mind-blowing, since he is still learning the techniques of sprinting. His coach, Carl Page, said he can run even faster. "I think he can run faster. He has more in him because he slowed down to beat his chest, with about five metres to go in the 100m race."
Coach Page said Murphy's only weakness is his start. "He needs to work on his start because he had to run and catch his main competitors, but he still won easily," he said.
Murphy will be in pole position, at Boys' and Girls' championships at the National Stadium from April 1-4.
The CARIFTA Games record of 10.34, set by Herbert Morrison's Dexter Lee in 2007, is in danger of being broken, so too is the Boys Champs Class Two record of 10.34, set by super sprinter Yohan Blake in 2006.
Football giants for battle
Wanderers and Greater Portmore will tomorrow wrestle for the Colin Fagan- sponsored Portmore Division two knockout trophy at the Passagefort playing field. Match time is 3 p.m.
Greater Portmore had an impressive 3-0 win over Caymanas Gardens Site D in one semi-final. While, Wanderers battled to a narrow 2-1 victory over Hellshire United.
Wanderers, are also in the E-Services-sponsored league final, and must be motivated to do well.