Approximately 60 places are down to be contested by Jamaica's track&field athletes beginning today and will last for 2 days. Top placements will make up the team to this summer's Olympic Games being hosted by England in less than a month.
Only one final will run today which is the men's javelin,the event is sponsored by JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Trials at the National Stadium. But there, however, will be interest in the first two rounds of the men's 100m that will see Olympic champion Usain Bolt taking on World champion Yohan Blake, with former world record holder Asafa Powell expected to be in the mix come tomorrow night's final.
The first round of the women's 100m, as well as the first round of the 400m for both male and female, are set to be contested this afternoon following the first rounds of the 400m hurdles for male and female and the first round of the men's 100m this morning.
Today, 57 men, including seven who have run under 10.00 seconds, are entered in the 100m race, while an eighth Nickel Ashmeade, who ran a personal best 9.93 seconds earlier this year, has only been entered in the 200m.
The top 24 men have been given byes through the first round and will advance to this afternoon's second round where they will be joined by the top eight from the first round for the quarterfinals set to start at 7:15 pm.
In addition to Bolt, Blake and Powell, a number of other athletes will be seeking spots on the team to London and will be led by relay gold medallists Nesta Carter and Michael Frater, World University Games gold medallist Jacques Harvey, as well as Commonwealth Games and Pan-American Championships 100m winner Lerone Clarke will all be gunning for places on the team.
Defending Olympic Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will head the women's list that includes former world champion Veronica Campbell-Brown, Olympic silver medallists Kerron Stewart and Sherone Simpson, as well as Sheri-Ann Brooks, who returned to the sport this season after some time off, Schillonie Calvert and Carrie Russell, the World University and Penn Relays Collegiate champion.