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Usain Bolt Leads Several Big Names

Fans to this year’s JAAA National Senior Championships are in for a treat, as the lineup is one of the best in years. Usain Bolt leads a star studded lineup in the Championship which begins on Thursday, June 25 and ends on Sunday, June 28.

The JAAA National Senior Championships provides qualification for major championships. This year’s big event is the World Athletics Championship in Beijing in August. Several of our athletes technically do not need the championship, as they qualify either as defending champions or winners of Diamond League.

JAAA National Senior Athletics Championships

Athletes In Poor Form

With most athletes returning poor form, coming off injury, or just not having enough races under their belts, this National Championship now appears to be a must. In this ‘unfit’ pack, is Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Novlene Williams-Mills and Melaine Walker.

Quite surprisingly, for a World Championship year, only Mannings High old girl Kaliese Spencer has had world leading success in her event, the 400 metres hurdles.

JAAA National Senior Championships May Show What to Expect In Beijing 2015

This year’s championship may be an indicator of what to expect in Beijing 2015. If these athletes don’t put on a good performance compared to the current world standards, it could be a long, miserable World Championship for Jamaicans in August. After all, we are so used to dominating. For the first time in 7 years, it is shaping up to look as if we might be caught sleeping.

US Athletes Dominating The World

The athletes from arch rivals, USA on the other hand, are firing on all cylinders. This was made blatantly clear in the recent World Relay Championship in the Bahamas.

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Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce – Photo: Zee News

List of Athletes Down To Compete

Other notable athletes down to take part in the championship are Asafa Powell, Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell, Elaine Thompson, Kaliese Spencer, Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Nesta Carter, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Nickel Ashmeade, Julian Forte, Kemarly Brown and Andrew Fisher. Full list of athletes.

Usain Bolt Struggling

Usain Bolt has been struggling to get it going, and after a relatively poor performance in the New York Grand Prix where he ran 20.29, he desperately needs races to get him in condition for August 2015.

Justin Gatlin of the US, at this time, looks a big threat for Bolt. Gatlin’s has had the best times from last season, continuing into this season. He is coming off 19.68 over 200 meters on the 30th May, preceded by a 9.74 in the 100 meters on the 15th of May. For this season, Usain is yet to go below 10 seconds for the 100m or 20 seconds for the 200m.

In the JAAA National Championship, Bolt is down for both the 100 meters and the 200 meters. This will mean a possible showdown in the 100 meters, against Asafa Powell who ran 9.84 earlier this year.

Yohan Blake and Melaine Walker

2011 World 100m Champion, Yohan Blake is just coming off a long hamstring injury and has only run two competitive races this season. He ran the 100 meters in 10.21 and the 200m in 20.72 seconds. These times show that he is just returning and has a lot to do if he wants to get in shape for the WC 2015.

Yohan Blake
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Melaine Walker, the 400m hurdles gold medallist at the 2008 Olympics and 2009 World Championships has changed her event. She has expressed interest in the shorter races, and she is down to compete in the 100m and 100m hurdles.

Major Clashes

In addition to the Bolt/Powell encounter, there should also be a big double clash between Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce and Trelawny’s own Veronica Campbell in both the 100m and 200m, One “new” name could spoil the party: Elaine Tompson from UTech and formerly of Manchester High. She could just lead home the two veterans.

JAAA National Senior Championships 2015

The 2015 JAAA National Senior Championships will be an interesting one. It will show us just how much work our athletes need to do to get ready for the 2015 World Championship. With the Americans being world leaders in most events, let’s hope the performances will not leave us disappointed. It all begins Thursday at the National Stadium.

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