Ashmeade joins Jamaicans to run below 10 secs
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BY PAUL A REID
Monday, June 06, 2011
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Former St Jago High star Nickel Ashmeade has joined the sub-10-second club in the men's 100m after clocking personal-best 9.96 seconds in the heats of the men's 100m at the National Training Centre Sprint Series in Clermont Florida on Saturday.
Ashmeade was second to American training partner Tyson Gay, who ran a World-Leading 9.79 seconds (1.1m/s wind) at the last chance meet sponsored by their club PURE Athletics at their training base.
The athletes running in the first heat of four for the men as well as both women's heats appeared to have caught a break as the other three heats were all affected by winds over the maximum allowable limit of 2.0 metres per second.
The wins gusted from 2.2m/s to 2.8 m/s for the men and up to 4.6m/s for the women.
Ashmeade, who won three individual silver medals in the IAAF World Youth Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic in 2007 and the IAAF World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland in 2008, became the 11th Jamaican man to run under 10.00 seconds as he throws his name into the hat for a place on the Jamaica team to the IAAF World Championships in South Korea later this year.
After being sidelined by a hamstring injury at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York last year, Ashmeade lowered his personal best to 10.05 seconds at a meet in Puerto Rico earlier this year from 10.34 seconds for second place behind Yohan Blake in the Class One 100m final at Boys Champs in 2008, he finally cracked the 10.00 seconds barrier on Saturday.
Despite his fast time early in the day, Ashmeade could only run 10.17 seconds for fourth in the final behind Trinidad's Keston Bledman, who ran a personal best 9.93 seconds to beat American Travis Padgett (10.02 seconds) with reigning Jamaican national champion Oshane Bailey third in a season best 10.15 seconds.
Jamaicans Simone Facey (11.18 seconds), Aileen Bailey (11.22) and Samantha Henry-Robinson (11.26) all pushed by a 2.6m/s wind were fourth, fifth and sixth respectively in the women's 100m final.
Bailey returned to run a season's best 22.89 seconds (2.0m/s wind) to win the women's 200m ahead of Patricia Hall (23.07) with Henry-Robinson completing the Jamaican clean-sweep taking third in 23.26.
Osane Bailey was third in his first 200m of the season, running 20.96 seconds, while Ramone McKenzie finished further down in 10th place with 21.53.
Richard Phillips was second in the 110m hurdles in a wind-aided 13.34 seconds (2.8m/s), while Andrea Bliss ran 12.95 seconds (4.2m/s wind) in the 100m hurdles.