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Brilliant Thomas equals Junior hurdles record, clocks 12.99

Sunday, June 24, 2018

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A brilliant World Junior record-equalling, World Junior-leading and national junior record 12.99 seconds (0.3m/s) in the 110m hurdles by Damion Thomas highlighted yesterday's penultimate day of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association/Supreme Ventures Limited National Junior Championships at National Stadium.

The US-based Thomas, who crashed out of the event two years ago at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, lowered the four-year-old Jamaican Junior Record 13.06 seconds set by Tyler Mason in 2018 in Eugene, Oregon

While the race lived up to pre-championships hype and produced the fast times expected, it was calamity for Commonwealth Games finalist Dejour Russell who was third in 13.26 seconds. His teammate Orlando Bennett grabbed the second spot in a big personal best 13.00 seconds, the second-fastest in the world this year.

Only two athletes will be selected by Monday for the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland, next month. Russell, the World Youth champion, will be sweating out the process.

Thomas, who attends Louisiana State University, said he was not that surprised by his fast times.

“I actually knew coming in with the training and the times I was hitting previously in the season, that I could come out here and do this,” he said.

Amoi Brown ran a personal best, 13.09 seconds (0.9m/s) to win the girls Under-20 title ahead of reigning World Under-18 champion Britney Anderson, who also ran her lifetime best 13.19 seconds. Crystal Morrison was third in 13.47 seconds.

Rusea's High's Jordani Woodley won the Under-18 section in a personal best 13.85 secondss.

Calabar High's Malik James-King pulled off a mild upset when he won the Under-20 boys' 400m hurdles, clocking 50.23 seconds to beat STETHS' Leonardo Ledgister who ran a personal best 50.31 seconds.

Rhodes Hall's Rovaine Williams, who set the ISSA Champs record and won at Penn Relays in April, was well-beaten into third place in 51.04 seconds.

Sanique Walker of Vere Technical was an easy winner of the Under-20 girls' event with 58.37 seconds, ahead of Rusea's High's Terice Steen (1: 00.02) and Danielle Brissett (1:00.61) of Holmwood Technical.

— Paul Reid

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