Nickel Ashmeade

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Nickel Ashmeade
Nickel Ashmeade Daegu 2011.jpg
Ashmeade (right) during 2011 World Championships in Daegu
Personal information
Nationality  Jamaica
Born (1990-04-07) April 7, 1990 (age 24)
Ocho Rios, Saint Ann Parish
Residence Clermont, Florida
Sport
Sport Running
Event(s) 100 metres, 200 metres
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 100 m: 9.90 (Moscow 2013)
200 m: 19.85 (Zurich 2012)

Nickel Ashmeade (born April 7, 1990) is a Jamaican sprinter who specialises in the 100 and 200 meters. Nickel Ashmeade placed 2nd in the Jamaica National Trials in the 200m behind Warren Weir. He came 3rd in the 100m behind Kemar Bailey-Cole and Usain Bolt.

Nickel Ashmeade ran the third leg for Jamaicas 4x100m team at the World Championships in Moscow which won the gold medal. Nickel Ashmeade finished 5th in the 2013 World Championships 100m in Moscow and 4th in the 200m.

Career[edit]

Ashmeade first enjoyed success in the sprints as a junior athlete: at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships he beat compatriot Dexter Lee to the 100 m title, was runner-up to Ramone McKenzie over 200 m, and teamed up with the pair to bring Jamaica the 4×100 meter relay title.[1] Another medal haul came for the young Jamaican at the 2007 World Youth Championships in Athletics, where he was second to Lee in the 100 m, ran a 200 m best of 20.76 seconds for the bronze medal, and helped the national team to another bronze in the sprint medley relay.[2] He competed at the Penn Relays in 2008 and represented his school, St. Jago High School – an institution renowned for producing track and field athletes.[3]

Ashmeade focused on the 200 m at the 2008 World Junior Championships in Athletics and he took the silver medal, narrowly finishing behind France's Christophe Lemaitre. A second silver came in the 4×100 m relay and he departed from his usual oeuvre to help Jamaica to fourth place in the 4×400 m relay.[4] The regional CARIFTA Games provided him the opportunity for further junior medals: he won the 200 m title and two relay gold medals at the 2008 edition and almost repeated the feat in 2009, with the sole difference being a 4×400 m relay silver.[5][6] His final international outing as a junior athlete came at the 2009 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in Port of Spain and he won the 200 m gold in a personal best of 20.40 seconds before going on to take a relay bronze medal.[7]

He made the transition to the senior ranks at the 2009 Central American and Caribbean Championships in Athletics, where he won the 200 m race ahead of Rondell Sorrillo.[8] After a quiet 2010, he made significant improvements at the start of the 2011 outdoor season. In May 2011, he completed his first 200 m in under 20 seconds in Kingston, running 19.96 seconds to surprise the more established Wallace Spearmon and improve upon his previous best by almost half a second.[9] Ashmeade made similar progress in the 100 m at the Ponce Grand Prix later that month, setting a meet record to beat Justin Gatlin, 2004 Olympic and 2005 World champion, with a time of 10.05 seconds (an improvement of 0.24 seconds).[10]

Personal best[edit]

Distance Time Date Venue
100 m 9.90 s (+0.4 m/s) 11 August 2013 Moscow, Russia
200 m 19.85 s (+0.0 m/s) 30 August 2012 Zurich, Switzerland

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Jamaica
2006 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-17) Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 1st 100 m 10.60   (1.8 m/s)
2nd 200 m 21.30   (1.6 m/s)
1st 4x100 m relay 40.83
2007 World Youth Championships Ostrava, Czech Republic 2nd 100 m 10.54   (−0.4 m/s)
3rd 200 m 20.76   (−0.2 m/s)
3rd Medley relay
(100m x 200m x 300m x 400m)
1:52.18
2008 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis 1st 200 m 20.16 w   (5.2 m/s)
1st 4x100 m relay 39.80
1st 4x400 m relay 3:09.71
World Junior Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 2nd 200 m 20.84   (−0.9 m/s)
2nd 4x100 m relay 39.25
4th 4x400 m relay 3:08.58
2009 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia 1st 200 m 20.56 w   (2.3 m/s)
1st 4x100 m relay 40.05
2nd 4x400 m relay 3:11.49

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships. WJAH. Retrieved on 2011-05-25.
  2. ^ 2007 World Youth Championships. WJAH. Retrieved on 2011-05-25.
  3. ^ Fitzpatrick, Frank (2009-04-26). Jamaica's next sprint superstar?. The Philly. Retrieved on 2011-05-25.
  4. ^ 2008 World Junior Championships. WJAH. Retrieved on 2011-05-25.
  5. ^ Carifta Games 2008. WJAH. Retrieved on 2011-05-25.
  6. ^ Carifta Games 2009. WJAH. Retrieved on 2011-05-25.
  7. ^ Pan American Junior Championships 2009. WJAH. Retrieved on 2011-05-25.
  8. ^ Clavelo Robinson, Javier (2009-07-06). Culson prevails over Sanchez as six more records fall – CAC Champs Final Day. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-05-25.
  9. ^ Foster, Anthony (2011-05-08). Jeter and Ashmeade impress in Kingston – IAAF World Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-05-25.
  10. ^ Robinson, Javier Clavelo (2011-05-15). Home win for Culson, fine sprinting by Ashmeade in Ponce. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-05-25.

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