Eleven Racers Athletes for Olympics

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Based on the results of last week-end’s National Championships, eleven athletes from Racers Track Club are likely to be on the Jamaican team to the Olympics in London.

Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt took the top two spots in both the 100 metres and the 200 metres. Apart from their individual races they will be part of the 4×100 metres relay squad, where they will most likely be joined by a third B — Kemar Bailey-Cole — who placed fifth in the 100 metres in a fast 10.00 seconds. Warren Weir’s impressive third place in the 200 metres sets up the prospect of three Racers athletes representing Jamaica in the Olympic finals in this event.

The men’s quarter-mile squad will have national record-holder Jermaine Gonzales in the individual event and fifth-placed Edino Steele as a relay reserve.

Similarly, two Racers women should be a part of the 400-metres squad: Rosemarie Whyte, whose second place assures her of participation in the individual event; and Shereefa Lloyd, whose fifth place sets her up as a reserve for the relays.

Schillonie Calvert, who placed fifth in the 100 metres, should also be a reserve for the women’s sprint relay.

Rounding off the Racers Olympian group for London are two 400-metres hurdlers: Josef Robertson for the men (second); and Nickeisha Wilson for the women (third).

The team should be announced by the JAAA, probably by July 9 — the day after the Olympic qualifying period expires.

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