Donovan Bailey Invitational bring out the best in Track and Field
World track and field athletes came to the Donovan Bailey invitational track meet, including #2 ranked Yohan Blake in men's 100m. The event was hosted by past Canadian Olympic gold medalist Donovan Bailey.
World Athletes Descent on the University of Alberta's Foote Field, in Edmonton today at the Donovan Bailey Invitational (DBI) one of the last stops before Olympic qualifiers for London 2012. Providing a view of what to expect later this year.
The events opened with the Hershey Provincial Track Finals for the 100m giving kids in the elementary schools the opportunity to run in front of the same crowds as their idols who are competing for a spot on their national Olympic teams.
With number 2 ranked Yohan Blake, of Jamaica winning the 100m Dash in a time of 10.05, he is definitely oe of those to watch this year in London. In the Women's 100M Jamaica's Sheri-Ann Brooks won with a time of 11.05. Women's Pole Vault saw Canadian Melanie Blouin as the only competitor to clear a height of 4.10m to come out on top.
Canadian Dylan Armstrong won in Shotput with a distance of 21.02, with American Ryan Whiting in second and in Men's Hammer throw Kibwe Johnson threw a distance of 74.75m a full 2 metres ahead of Team mate Drew Loftin at 72.75m
In Women's Hammer throw, it was a lot closer, Canadian Sultana Frizell threw a distance of 69.05m followed by team mate Heather Steacy at 68.84
One of the events that had the crowd having some fun was the 5000m Devil's Run, where after the first lap of the track the DEVIL selects a runner to remove and if he touches the runner that runner is removed. there were a couple of occasions where the Devil missed his target or his target had other thoughts about what was going to happen. This Event was won by Jason Jama (Canada) 15:46.14 followed by Jevin Monds (Canada) at 15:47.19
Women's Long Jump saw Brianna Glenn of the United states win with a Distance of 6.50m followed by Rosa Richmond (US) at 6.38 (NWI 2.4) and Krysha Bayley 6.36m (NWI 0.7)
For the first time at the DBI, the 100m Dash Paralympic won by Alister Mcqueen with a time of 12.12 gave spectators an opportunity to see the abilities of Paralympic Athletes.
Today's event leads up to Canadian Olympic Qualifiers in Calgary Alberta June 27-30 2012