Tina Clayton – Jamaica’s Next Track Star – National U20 Record

17-year-old Edwin Allen attendee Tina Clayton has made history by breaking the record for the women’s under 20 100-meter race in the finals of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association’s (JAAA) National Championships in Kingston on Friday, June 24. 

The record was previously set by Briana Williams back in May of 2021 at 19 years old. The trials are being held at the Jamaica National Stadium where Tina, the winner of the prior women’s 100-meter race at the World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya in 2021, gave a stellar performance and emerged victorious with a record-breaking sprint of 10.96 seconds with a wind speed of 1.0 seconds. The previous record was 10.97 seconds.

Fans took to Twitter to spread the news and share their elation for the athlete. “Its almost like she’s floating.. my word!” Is a comment made by an amazed supporter while another commented by saying, “She’s gonna break the record that Shelly will make in the World Championship and What Elaine will break after ❤️ 🇯🇲”. The fans are looking forward to her future endeavours. 

The second and third place winners of the race were also from Edwin Allen. Serena Cole finished with a personal best of 11.13 seconds for second place while Tia Clayton, the twin sister of Tina Clayton, placed third with a time of 11.25 seconds. 

After a rocky start, Sandrey Davidson of St. Catherine high school crossed the line in first place to be the National under 20 men’s 100-meter champion. He picked up speed in the final leg of the race to beat fast-starting Bouwahjgie Nkrumie from Kingston College. 

Both youths ran a new personal best for first and second place, clocking 10.20 seconds and 10.22 seconds respectively. Mark-Anthony Daley of Herbert Morrison took third place with a finishing time of 10.51 seconds. 

The results of the trials will be the deciding factor for the athletes who will go on to represent Jamaica in the World Athletics Under 20 Championships from August 1-6, 2022 in Cali, Columbia. 

Watch Tina Clayton’s Record-breaking race below:

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