MORE than 100 of the world’s top athletes, representing 10 nations, were in attendance at Jamaica’s National Stadium for last weekend’s inaugural JN Racers Grand Prix in Kingston.
St Lucia’s high jumper Jeanelle Scheper, who will be 22 this year, and has already qualified for the Summer Olympics in women’s High Jump in Rio was among those on show.
Scheper went up against a strong field in Jamaica, including the second-best jumper for the year, Chaunté Lowe of the United States of America, and Elizabeth Patterson, also of the USA.
The University of South Carolina athlete has been battling an ankle injury for some time now, so she was reasonably satisfied with her third-place finish in Jamaica, clearing 1.84m to 1.87 for Patterson, and 1.93 for Lowe.
Scheper is presently ranked 33rd in the world, with a best clearance of just 1.89m for the season, well short of her 1.96 metres career-best clearance.
Meanwhile, Usain Bolt was the main attraction at the Jamaica meet. The multiple World and Olympic champion won the men’s 100m in 9.88 seconds.