The Jamaica National Trials continued on June 30, 2012 with the 200 metres semi finals for both men and women.
These races are expected to be the second chance that Usain Bolt and Veronica Campbell-Brown needs to dominate and prove themselves, as still the favorite. VCB came in second behind the ‘pocket rocket’ Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce in the Jamaica National Trials 100 metres final. The 200m is Veronica’s pet race and she is expected to do well. However, one cannot count out Fraser-Pryce for the top spot because of her impressive return and great form this season. Both women, including Anneisha McLaughlin who won her semi finals heat, Kerron Stewart, and Sherone Simpson have secured a spot in the National Trials women’s 200 metres final. The race is scheduled for Sunday evening.
The Jamaica Senior National Championships men’s 200 metres race is expected to be just as exciting as Yohan Blake practically jogged the last 80 metres of his semis. Doing just enough to qualify, The Beast cruised through, leaving his competitors battling for second and third place. Usain Bolt had to put in a little more effort in the beginning stages of his semi finals race; however, he too was able to secure a spot in the final. Nickel Ashmeade, the young 200 metres Jamaican sprinter, who is expected to make it to the London 2012 Olympics, also qualified for the Jamaica National Trials 200 metres final.
Sunday, July 1, 2012, is expected to be a great show as Jamaica and the world will once again tune in, to see whether Veronica Campbell-Brown and Usain Bolt will retain their titles and gain redemption as the Jamaica National Trials Champion, in the 200 metres; or whether it will be another evening of upsets and missteps.