Yohan Blake sweeps Jamaica Trials sprints; Fraser-Pryce, Thompson miss 200m final
Yohan Blake completed a Jamaican Olympic Trials sprint sweep, while Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson did not contest the women’s 200m final in Kingston on Sunday.
Blake, the reigning Olympic 100m and 200m silver medalist, swept the 100m and 200m at the Jamaican Olympic Trials for a second straight time. He won the 100m in 9.95 seconds on Friday and the 200m in 20.29 on Sunday, coming back from a series of hamstring injuries the last three years.
“I’ve been working miracles in my life,” Blake said, according to The Associated Press. “This is what miracles are all about.”
This year, Blake won without having to face Usain Bolt, who withdrew before the 100m final Friday night due to a grade-one hamstring tear. Bolt is expected to be named to the Jamaican Olympic team in the 100m and 200m despite not competing at Trials, potentially knocking out the third-place finishers.
Fraser-Pryce, the two-time reigning Olympic 100m champion, and Thompson, the world 200m silver medalist, qualified for the 200m final but did contest it due to reported injuries. They both submitted medical exemptions like Bolt, according to Reuters.
Thompson won the 100m on Friday night in 10.70, matching Fraser-Pryce’s national record. It was the fastest time in the world since Fraser-Pryce’s repeat 100m title at the 2012 London Games. Fraser-Pryce finished second Friday night, so they are both on the Olympic team in the 100m.
Veronica Campbell-Brown, a two-time Olympic 200m champion, finished second in the 200m final Sunday. She has been a longtime rival of Allyson Felix. Campbell-Brown missed the team in the 100m, finishing fourth, but will likely be on the 4x100m relay team.
Asafa Powell, the former 100m world-record holder, did not make the Olympic team individually but could race the 4x100m relay after finishing fourth in the 100m on Friday.
Warren Weir, the Olympic 200m bronze medalist, was fourth on Sunday and looks like he will not be able to contest the event in Rio.