Beijing Blast II

first_imgStates. However, it was Shubenkov’s event to win as the Russian was flawless en route to victory.Omar McLeod, who wound up sixth in 13.18, is a promising prospect in the hurdles and should take heart that he would have learnt some significant lessons in Beijing, which should bode well for the future.Janieve Russell is another promising prospect for Jamaica. The quarter-mile hurdler entered the final with the more accomplished Kaliese Spencer expected to challenge for the title. This was not to be, but Russell, running blindly from the outside, delivered brilliantly to finish just outside the medals for a fourth place with a big PB of 54.64.Kimberley Williams (season’s best) 14.55-metre and Fredrick Dacres – 64.22m represented well in the triple jump for women and the discus throw for men, respectively. Their efforts placed them at fifth and seventh in the world; no mean feat!Kudos to O’Dayne Richards for delivering bronze in the men’s shot put. It is projected that his trophy cupboard will fill up pretty quickly and that 22 metres will come by next season. Anticipate great things come Rio 2016.FastestRusheen McDonald became the fastest Jamaican of all time in the 400m. He started things off by going sub-44 seconds in the heats on the second morning of competition, leading off the greatest first round in the history of men’s one-lap racing, in a new national record of 43.93.While Peter Matthews, McDonald and Javon Francis did not advance beyond the semi-final round, the male quarter-milers showed that they are on the upsurge. But once again, in the closing event of the IAAF World Championships, the men’s 4x400m relay, Javon ‘Donkeyman’ Francis was called to produce a heroic performance.He duly obliged for his country and did not disappoint spectators, as this time around he produced the performance of the final day in a battle that kept spectators on the edge of their seats until the very last fractions of the race.With the USA’s LaShawn Merritt and Trinidad and Tobago’s World Junior champion, Machel Cedenio, combating for the lead, Francis, who received the baton in fifth place, overtook the more fancied athletes and kept going. Victory would give Jamaica a clean sweep of the relays, a feat which the nation has never achieved in spite of its illustrious track and field heritage.While the mission was not fully accomplished, Francis, who became known as a national “brave man” in Moscow two years ago when still a teenager, he split 44.00 as an anchor to bring his country the silver medal. This time, he couldn’t maintain his surge and as the leading sprinters entered the home stretch he started to fade.Francis, whose 43.52 split was the fastest of the championships, fought like no other Jamaican, and won the hearts of the Chinese spectators, only to be edged for the bronze by Great Britain’s team captain Martyn Rooney.The Jamaican and the Briton simultaneously leaned for the line, both teams given the time of 2:58.51, but Rooney was adjudged to be just ahead on the photo finish, winning the bronze by four-thousandth of a second.last_img read more