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Calm Before The Storm As Trials Get Under Way
Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
The attention of the track and field world will be fixed on Jamaica and, in particular, Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association/Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Champion-ships at the National Stadium over the next four days, as the country's best athletes vie for a place on the nation's team to this summer's London Olympics Games.
Today will act as the calm before the proverbial storm, as only one final is down to be contested; this being the men's javelin slated for 5:30 p.m.
The entry list for the event, which has an Olympic A qualifying standard of 82m and B standard of 79.50m, includes: Rahjhel Brown, Jeffery King, Robert Barnes, Rajae Gayle, Ravion Ashman, Roland Henningham, Gregory Brown, Qusedon Jones, Demoy Henry and Dale Henry.
The first event of the opening day will be the women's 400m hurdles heats at 9:30 a.m., with the heats of the men's 400m hurdles and the men's 100m completing the morning session.
The afternoon session will come alive, as some of the world's fastest athletes will grace the stadium when the 'big boys' come out for the quarter-final of the men's 100m, to be preceded by the heats of the women's equivalent.
Prolific running talent
Jamaica is blessed with the most active male sprinters who have gone below 10 seconds and all of them are expected to be on show, as an athlete wishing to make the Olympic team is only allowed to miss their country's trials if they have medical proof of an injury or illness.
The meet paves the way for the much-anticipated clash between the reigning Olympic champion and world record holder, Usain Bolt, World champion Yohan Blake and one-time world record holder and defending national champion Asafa Powell.
This occasion will mark the first time that clubmates Bolt and Blake will race competitively since the latter won gold in Daegu last year. The big three will most likely run in separate quarter-final races, but are expected to come face to face in tomorrow night's final, scheduled for 9:25.
Other members of the sub-10 club who will be trying to upset the big three include World Indoor silver medallist Nesta Carter, notorious fast starter Lerone Clarke, and the quick-finishing Nickel Ashmeade.
On the women's side, it is expected to be a straight battle between defending national champion Veronica Campbell-Brown and the reigning Olympic cham-pion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, with Kerron Stewart being favoured for the final individual spot on the 100m team. Stewart has not been in the best of form this season, however, and will have to be on her guard against the likes of Sherone Simpson,
Carrie Russell, Schillonie Calvert and veteran Aleen Bailey, who made the 60m final at the World Indoor Championships.
The final for the women will also take place on Friday evening, with the athletes set to face the starter at 9:15.
Persons wishing to view the spectacle of the 100 metres final, who have not yet purchased tickets, will have to be content with watching from the bleachers, as the grandstand has been sold out.
Tickets, which went on sale on Tuesday, can be acquired at Supreme Venture Limited offices located at 20 Barbados Avenue in New Kingston, Acropolis (Barbican and Cross Roads), York Pharmacy and at the National Stadium ticket office.
Season tickets are being sold for $5,000 while grandstand tickets for today will go for $500.
Bleachers tickets for Friday through to Sunday will cost $500, while on Saturday, ticket prices will be $1,200 (Grandstand A), $1,000 (Grandstand B), $800 (Grandstand C), and on Sunday, $2,000 (Grandstand A), $1,500 (Grandstand B) and $1,200 (Grandstand C).
SCHEDULE of events
Day 1 - Thursday, June 28, 2012
Afternoon - Field Events
5:30 pm Javelin Men Final
Morning - Track Events
9:30 am 400M Hurdles Women Heats
9:45 am 400M Hurdles Men Heats
10:00 am 100M Men Heats
Afternoon - Track Events
6:05 pm 400M Women Heats
6:20 pm 400M Men Heats
6:45 pm PRESENTATION
6:50 pm 100M Women Heats
7:15 pm 100M Men Quarter Finals