Racers Track Club athletes got their 2013 season off and running on Saturday 9 February. Almost thirty athletes took part in the Camperdown Classic at Jamaica’s National Stadium in Kingston.
Most eyes were on Olympic champion Usain Bolt who ran the 400 metres, winning his heat in seemingly relaxed fashion in a time of 46.74 seconds. Olympic silver medalist Yohan Blake clocked 46.77 in another 400 metres heat.
The fastest time for the day was registered by Warren Weir, whose 46.23 was over 1.7 seconds faster than the 47.97 he did at the same meet last year. Understandably, in after-race comments he said he was pleased with his run and felt much stronger than last year: the year in which he established himself on the world stage with a time of 19.84 seconds to capture the bronze medal in the 200 metres at the Olympic Games in London.
In the women’s 400 metres, the best-placed Racers athlete was Cache Ambrister of the Bahamas who came in second in 55.28. She was followed by Schillonie Calvert (56.08) and Deandre Whitehorne (56.46).
Ristananna Tracey won the women’s 800 metres in 2:09.65.
Andre Clarke won the men’s 400 metres hurdles in 52.17 and then returned to run 48.32 in the 400 metres. Ansert Whyte came second in the 400 metres hurdles in 52.58 and later did 48.10 in the flat 400 metres.
On the other side of the island, Bernado Brady lowered his 100 metres personal best time to 10.30 seconds at the Western Relays in Montego Bay.
Full results of the Camperdown Classic can be seen at camperdownclassic.com or at trackandfieldja.com (click on Events tab).