The last time we saw all our athletes converge on the National Stadium competitively was leading up to the London 2012 Olympics. It’s again June and the sparks are ready to fly, excitement builds in the air and we anticipate the National Stadium in Kingston to be filled to capacity as our athletes will again treat us to some scintillating performances.
The 2015 National Championships get underway at the National Stadium on June 25 through 28. Our impressive athletes will once again display their high quality athleticism and compete for a spot on the team to the Beijing National Stadium in China where the 15th IAAF World Championships in athletics will be held August 22 – 30.
Although there’ll be appearances in the national trials, the world renowned Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-PryceKaliese Spencer and Novlene Williams-Mills, who all have automatic entries to the World Championships as defending champions in their respective events, are listed to compete.
Now with the likes of a re-energized, very determined Asafa Powell (the 32 year old who has gone under 10.00 secs. 84 times in his career), Yohan Blake, Warren Weir, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Novlene Williams-Mills, Kerron Stewart to name a few, fine-tuning preparations. Jamaican female sprint sensation Elaine Thompson of the MVP Track Club will be one to watch also.
The 22-year-old former Manchester High Schoool stand out and now University of Technology student has been creating waves on the track this season. She stole the spotlight at the UTech Track and Field Sports Classics at the National Stadium winning the 100m in 10.92 secs. and the 200m in 22.37 secs. In the Jamaica International Invitational Track and Field meet she was again a force to be reckoned with. She destroyed the field showing Nigerian and Commonwealth champion Blessing Okagbare and Olympic 200m champion Allyson Felix of the USA a clean pair of heels to post a 10.97 secs winning time.
The 2011 100m world champion, Yohan Blake, who only recently returned from injury has entered in both the 100m and 200m, is confident that he is currently in good shape to qualify for the World Championships and has enough time to work himself into top form ahead of the August 22-30 event.
Let’s brace for exciting performances, as our athletes will be blazing the track pulling us to the edge of our seats