Before I get to our Trials, everyone had been waiting on the Jamaica Trials to see what the sprinters there are doing. Well, London is going to be hot in the short sprints. In the women’s 100, Shelly Ann Fraser wins in 10.70 (+0.6) over VCB (10.82), Kerron Stewart (10.94), and Sherone Simpson (11.01). So there’s your 3 for London, plus relay – more than likely.
On the men’s side we get an "upset" as Yohan Blake wins in a PR 9.75 (+1.1) over Usain Bolt (9.86), Asafa Powell (9.88), and Michael Frater (9.94). Their 3 for London plus relay – again more than likely. I haven’t seen video yet, so hard to comment on the race. As soon as I can find video I’ll upload and comment.
For now I will say that A) Jeter v Fraser will produce the fastest race ever outside of that US Trials 10.49 by FloJo, and B) Gatlin, Gay, Blake, Bolt, Powell roll produce the fastest ever 1 thru 5 finish in history. I will also say that Trials results mean little with respect to Olympic results.
The goal at everyone’s Trials is to make it to the Olympics. There is still time for everyone to further their preparations. So no medals are given out this week. I say that because I know there are those wondering about Bolt; or ready to anoint Blake; or questioning Gay; or critiquing what Gatlin can or can’t do. All have done well and have time to do better.The last two Olympic champions BOTH lost their Trials races – Bolt to Powell in ’08, and Gatlin to Greene in ’04. I think that in itself says it all.
Now let me take a look at US Trials. Be back in a bit.