Jamaican Athletes for Millrose Games


Several Jamaican athletes will participate in the 101st staging of the Millrose Games in Track and Field at Madison Square Garden, New York, on Friday, February 1, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Jamaica’s athletes will match strides with some of the best athletes from around the world.
In the absence of Olympic and World Championship gold medalist, Veronica Campbell and Asafa Powell, the world’s fastest man, the Jamaican charge will be led by Danny McFarlane, Olympic silver medalist in the 400-metre hurdles; Michael Blackwood, Commonwealth Games gold medalist at 400 metres; Aileen Bailey, World Championship sprint relay silver medalist; Dorian Scott, Commonwealth and Pan Am Games silver medalist in the shot put and Clement Campbell, World Championship semi-finalist in the 100 metres.
Two of the country’s rising sprint stars, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmede, both of St. Jago High School, St. Catherine, are expected to compete in the 60 metres dash for Under 23 athletes, a new event at the Games.
Yohan, 18 years old, is the High School National Champion at 100 metres and 200 metres. His personal best time over 100 metres is 10.11 seconds, the national junior record. Last year, he was named Outstanding Athlete for relay events at the Penn Relays Carnival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Nickel is a three-time medalist at the 2007 World Youth Championships, gaining silver at 100 metres and bronze at 200 metres and the medley relay.

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