Bolt rules Jamaican championships


KINGSTON, June 29 – Double Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt, who won the 100 metres crown the day before, easily captured the 200 metre national title on the final day of the Jamaican Championships.USAIN_BOLT_404198876.jpg
World record holder Bolt posted a modest time of 20.25 seconds while running into a slight headwind on Sunday.

The 22-year old blazed off the curve, but eased up as soon as he hit the straight and realized he had a comfortable lead.

"I ran the corner very hard because a lot of fast guys were in the race," he said. "But when I came off the corner I looked back and just shut it down.

"I was a little bit tired, but I am okay with the time."

He finished ahead of runner-up Steve Mullings (20.40) and third place Marvin Anderson (20.63).

Bolt’s victories qualifies him for the Berlin World Championships next month.

In the womens event, Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown cruised to victory in at time of 22.40.

Campbell-Brown, who is recovering from a toe injury, said she is getting into shape.

"I am confident that I will get in shape before Berlin."

Shelly-Ann Fraser, the Olympics 100 metre champion, and winner of the same event on Saturday night, returned to take second, running a impressive 22.58 out of lane two. Simone Facey was third in 22.96.

In the one-lap events, Novlene Williams-Mills and Ricardo Chambers regained their national titles.

Williams-Mills crossed the finish line in 50.21 ahead of Shericka Williams (50.39) and Christine Day (41.54).

On the men’s side, Chambers won the final straight battle with Allodin Fothergill, 45.55 to 45.57. Lansford Spance was third in 45.78.

Delloreen Ennis-London took the women’s 100 metre hurdles in 12.79 ahead of Brigitte Foster-Hylton (12.87) and Lacena Golding-Clarke (12.89).