Despite an anti-climax with a disqualification of national record holder Tameka Williams and Kim Collins pulling up towards the end of his race, the excitement prior to the start of the St. Kitts Nevis 2012 National Invitational & Club Championships lived up to expectations. All eyes however were on the senior athletes and fans got an early treat in the women’s 100m. Many were waiting for the 100m showdown between Virgil Hodge of Extreme Velocity Track Club and Williams. Hodge won her semi-final easily with a time of 11.50 seconds. Shockingly Tameka Williams in the very next semi-final race false started and based on international rules, was immediately disqualified. Fans were crushed and so was Williams who threw herself on the track the moment she realized her mistake before walking off utterly disappointed.
Prior to her disqualification, Tanika Liburd from Nevis also false started and was disqualified. To add to the anticlimax of the afternoon, the much anticipated race with Kim Collins started with a bang, but ended prematurely after he pulled up after some 60 meters in the race in the lead. It was later disclosed that Collins had felt an injury and shut down to avoid further damage. The disappointment on the fans’ face was clear. But not for long— in the 200m, Tameka Williams erased her 100m setback and pulled off an astonishing performance running 22.45secs a new national record, beating Virgil Hodge by distances. Her time was the sixth fastest in the world for the year in this distance.
Ultimately, fans were not disappointed. A fair turnout in the Kim Collins Pavilion and adjoining bleachers section saw the best of St. Kitts and Nevis competing for a spot on the national Olympic team for the London Games this summer. The national team to represent St. Kitts and Nevis at the London Olympics will be decided on by the Executive of the St. Kitts Nevis Amateur Athletics Association (SKNAAA). It is not sure when they will make a decision.
Fans on Sunday also got a glimpse of future with young and junior athletes preparing for the CAC Junior and CUT Games later this year. The evening ended with a win for Antoine Adams, who along with the other two runners met the ‘A’ standard qualifying time for the Olympics. The track excitement continues next week Sunday at 3pm with the OECS Championships at the Silver Jubilee Stadium.
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