Briana Williams has decided to withdraw from the Jamaican team to the 2019 IAAF World Championships that gets underway tomorrow in Doha, Qatar.

Jamaica World Champion Yohan Blake is increasingly confident of hitting his best form in time for the Doha World Championships, following a narrow win to claim the men’s 100m title, at the Birmingham Diamond League meet on Sunday.

Blake just got the better of Britain's Adam Gemili, who erased a comfortable early lead by the Jamaican to ensure a photo finish.  Both athletes were clocked at 10.07 seconds but Blake was declared the winner.  The United States’ Mike Rodgers was third with a time of 10.09.  Another Jamaican in the race Tyquendo Tracey was 6th in 10.14.

  It wasn’t the fastest time, considering a barely legal +2.0 seconds but the Jamaican athlete was pleased with the result nonetheless.

"It was coming," said Blake, who suffered a career-threatening hamstring injury in 2013.

"The weather wasn't great but I'm saving the big day for the world championships and the Diamond League finals in Zurich," said Blake. "I can run faster."

Despite holding the second-fastest times ever run over both the 100m and 200m, Blake has been overshadowed by the American trio of Christian Coleman, Justin Gatlin and Noah Lyles so far this year.  Coleman was expected to take part in the Birmingham Diamond League but had withdrawn from the race earlier in the week.

 

Shanieka Ricketts' journey to a possible podium finish at the IAAF World Championships later this year, took a giant step in the right direction on Saturday when she set a world-leading triple jump mark of 14.76m at the Youngster Goldsmith meet at Jamaica’s National Stadium in Kingston.

Griffiths, the 2018 NACAC Champion, was more than a metre better than her high-school rivals – Edwin Allen’s Ackelia Smith (13.42m) and Holmwood Technical’s Samantha Jibbson (12.24m) – but in truth, they were never where her attention was focussed.

Knowing that only an improvement in distance will get her a medal, Ricketts' plan was to execute her technique to perfection. She almost achieved it.

“Everything except the last phase of the jump went according to plan on Saturday. I was very fast on the runway and my hop and step phases were commendable,” she told Sportsmax.tv.

“The step phase has been a problem area for some time now,” she continued:

“We saw improvements last year and we are working to get better results this year. On Saturday, I had the best step phase of my career, which resulted in the best jump of my career.  Therefore, improving the step phase will undoubtedly play a crucial role in helping me get closer to the 15-metre mark.”

That said, Ricketts, who was a silver medallist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, revealed that she was not really surprised at the personal-best performance.

“To be honest, I was not surprised at the distance because I believe that I am capable of jumping far and I have been having great jump sessions in training,” she said, also explaining that her schedule this season has set to allow her to be her peak in Doha.

“Before the start of the season, Coach (Kerry Lee) Ricketts, Norman Peart and I discussed the track and field calendar. We examined dates of each major championship and events and made the necessary plans for the season. In doing so, I will be at my best for the major championships.”

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