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Kingston, Jamaica – Veronica Campbell-Brown completed a sprint double sweep while Steve Mullings raced to victory in the men's 200m on Sunday's final day of the Jamaican Athletics Championships.
Campbell-Brown, who won the 100m crown Friday, started well and won the 200m crown in 22.44 seconds in what is also the qualifier for the World Championships, to be staged in August and September in Daegu, South Korea.
Kerron Stewart, the 100m runner-up, again played second fiddle to Campbell-Brown, running a smart 22.63 to edge third-place Sherone Simpson, who finished in 22.73.
“I came into the trials knowing that the competition would be good,” said Campbell-Brown. “I'm pleased I came here and won the 100 and 200 and that I ended healthy.
“I'm now looking to go back into training to continue preparation for the rest of the season. I'm just trying to make sure I am physically and mentally prepare to compete when the competition gets ready (at Daegu).”
Mullings, the second fastest 100m man this season behind training partner Tyson Gay, dominated the curve before extending the lead in the home stretch to take the 200 in 20.10.
“I'm very satisfied,” Mullings said. “This is my best-ever performance at the national championships, considering the field I went up against in both sprints.”
Nickel Ashmeade, the first man to go sub 20 this season, was second in 20.32 while Mario Forsythe ran 20.37 to edge Marvin Anderson for the last 200m spot on offer.
In the women's 400m final, Novleve Williams-Millis won in 50.05. Rosemarie Whyte finished second in 50.49 while Shericka Williams secured the final spot for Daegu with 50.81 for third.
Riker Hylton staged a shocker in the men’s 400m after he failed to make the final at the US collegiate meet two weeks ago. Hylton surprised the field to win in 45.30 with Lansford Spence second in 45.46.
Leford Green was third in 45.59, taking the last worlds berth ahead of Jermaine Gonazales, who had the same time.
Indira Spence took the women’s 100m hurdles in 13.08 while Andrew Riley ran 13.36 to upstage Jamaican record holder Dwight Thomas in the men's 110m hurdles. Thomas finished in 13.38. – Sapa-AFP