Simpson pulls out of National Champs - report
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
TOP female sprinter of 2006, Sherone Simpson, has reportedly pulled out of the June 22-24 National Athletics Championships with a hip injury.
At last Friday’s first Golden League meet of the season, Simpson was apparently affected by the injury and dramatically slowed down to finish last in the Women’s 100 metres in Oslo, Norway.
SIMPSON… Commonwealth Games 200-metre champion
Prior to her opening race of the Golden League season - the Bislett Games - Simpson withdrew from the Belgrade International Meet in Serbia and the Prefontaine Classic in the United States.
However, Simpson, who is the Commonwealth Games 200-metre champion, could still be selected for the World Championship in Osaka, Japan, this summer, at the discretion of the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA).
With the first three finishers guaranteed automatic berths to the World Championship, the JAAA could be faced with a real dilemma as a cadre of strong contenders is expected to compete for spots in both female sprint events.
Double Olympic champion Veronica Campbell, Sherri-Ann Brooks, Kerron Stewart, Aileen Bailey and Simone Facey have all been enjoying creditable seasons to date and should be the chief contenders in the sprints.
MVP Track Club spokesperson Bruce James offered a “no comment” to Observer queries yesterday after news surfaced that Simpson, who is attached to the high profile camp, would possibly not take to the track this weekend