Veronica Campbell-Brown completed a sprint double sweep, while Steve Mullings raced to victory in the men’s 200m on Sunday on the final day of the Jamaican Athletics Championships.
Campbell-Brown, who won the 100m crown on Friday, started well and won the 200m in 22.44 seconds in what is also the qualifier for the world championships.
Kerron Stewart, runner-up in the 100m, again played second fiddle to Campbell-Brown, running a smart 22.63 seconds to edge third-placed Sherone Simpson, who finished in 22.73 seconds.
“I came into the trials knowing that the competition would be good,” Campbell-Brown said. “I’m pleased I came here and won the 100 and 200 and that I ended healthy. I’m now looking to go back into training to continue preparation for the rest of the season. I’m just trying to make sure I am physically and mentally prepare to compete when the competition gets ready [in Daegu, South Korea].”
Mullings, the second fastest man over 100m this season behind training partner Tyson Gay, dominated the curve before extending his lead in the home stretch to take the 200m in 20.10 seconds.
“I’m very satisfied,” Mullings said. “This is my best-ever performance at the national championships, considering the field I went up against in both sprints.”
Nickel Ashmeade, the first man to go sub 20 seconds this season, was second in 20.32 seconds, while Mario Forsythe ran 20.37 seconds to edge Marvin Anderson for the last 200m spot on offer.
In the women’s 400m final, Novleve Williams-Millis won in 50.05 seconds. Rosemarie Whyte finished second in 50.49 seconds, while Shericka Williams secured the final spot for Daegu with 50.81 seconds for third.
Riker Hylton staged a shocker in the men’s 400m after he failed to make the final at the US collegiate meet two weeks ago. Hylton surprised the field to win in 45.30 seconds, with Lansford Spence second in 45.46 seconds. Leford Green was third in 45.59 seconds, taking the last worlds berth ahead of Jermaine Gonazales, who had the same time.
Indira Spence took the women’s 100m hurdles in 13.08 seconds, while Andrew Riley ran 13.36 seconds to upstage Jamaican record holder Dwight Thomas in the men’s 110m hurdles. Thomas finished in 13.38 seconds.
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