Injury scare for Powell

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Injury scare for Powell

BY PAUL BURROWS Observer sports reporter
Sunday, June 26, 2005

Groin-troubled Asafa Powell and resilient Veronica Campbell dashed to victory in the 100 metres on yesterday’s second day of the Supreme Ventures National Junior and Senior Championships at the National Stadium.

Careful not to run at top speed, world record-holder Powell kept his threats within easy reach to clock 10.04 seconds ahead of Michael Frater (10.05) and Dwight Thomas (10.08).

Olympic gold medallists Veronica Campbell (left) and Sherone Simpson battle for ascendancy in their hard-fought women’s 100-metre final during the National Atlethics Championships at the National Stadium last night. Campbell won in 10.97, the same time credited to Simpson. Aileen Bailey was third. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

After the race, Powell, the fastest man on the planet, limped and held onto his thigh. He eventually fell to the ground and after a few minutes, got up and after telling television journalists that “It’s hurting a lot”, returned to the starting blocks while waving to the crowd.

In the women’s equivalent, a bullet-start from Sherone Simpson forced Campbell into overdrive. Both athletes ran under 11 seconds, with Aleen Bailey trailing in third.

Both Campbell and Simpson posted 10.97 seconds, the Olympic bronze medallist taking her at the tape. Bailey clocked 11.18 seconds.

After the race, double Olympic gold medallist Campbell said, “My time is great. The last two weeks have been rough for me and I’m happy I was able to come out here and run and remain healthy and I’m going to continue to train hard for the World Championships.”

“My main aim was to run under 11 seconds. I have done that and I’m very happy,” Simpson said.

Kemel Thompson and Debbie-Ann Parris-Thymes stamped their authority in the 400m hurdles. Showing superb fitness and sound hurdling skills, Thompson clocked 48.14secs to upstage Olympic silver medallist Danny McFarlane (48.61), with Dean Griffiths (48.78) third.

Parris-Thymes won in 55.45sec, ahead of Shevon Stoddart (56.19) and Camille Robinnson (57.14). Melaine Walker, who led for most of the race, fell at the eighth hurdle, but got up to finish the race.

But apart from the top two finishers yesterday, only Walker have run the qualifying standard of 55.60 seconds.

Other winners yesterday were Trecia Smith (triple jump), Germaine Mason (high jump), and Dorian Scott (shot put).

The meet ends today with the 200 metres, 400 metres and men’s long jump taking the spotlight.

Selected results

100m Senior Men
1 Asafa Powell 10.04
2 Michael Frater 10.05
3 Dwight Thomas 10.08

100m Senior Women
1 Veronica Campbell 10.97
2 Sherone Simpson 10.97
3 Aleen Bailey 11.18

100m Under-20 Boys
1 Rascive Grant (St Jago) 10.69
2 Jesse Saunders (Unattached) 10.76
3 Omar Brown (Holmwood) 10.79

100m Under-20 Girls
1 Schillonie Calvert (Holmwood) 11.64
2 Rose-Marie Whyte (Holmwood) 11.89
3 Shelly-Ann Fraser (Wolmer’s)

400m Hurdles Senior Women
1 Debbie-Ann Parris Thymes 55.45
2 Shevon Stoddart 56.19
3 Camille Robinson 57.14

400m Hurdles Senior Men
1 Kemel Thompson 48.14
2 Danny McFarlane 48.61
3 Dean Griffiths 48.78

400m Hurdles Under-20 Boys
1 Tywayne Buchanan (Wolmer’s) 52.89
2 Norbert Miller (Unattached) 53.34
3 Sheldon Wilkinson (St Jago)

400m Hurdles Under-18 Boys
1 Romel Lewis (Holmwood) 54.89
2 Stephon Beckford (Baldwin) 56.01
3 Marlon Smith (Calabar) 59.49

Triple Jump Senior Women
1 Trecia Smith 14.63m
2 Suzette Lee 13.81
3 Andrea Linton 12.66

High Jump Senior Men
1 Germaine Mason 2.10m
2 Roger Morris 2.00
3 Cluet Warner 1.80

Shot Put Senior Men
1 Dorian Scott 18.68m
2 Kimani Kirton 17.57
3 Decosma Wright 15.07

Shot Put Senior Women
1 Kimberly Barrett 16.83m
2 Nadia Alexander 13.00