The second session of day one in Beijing kicked off with the third event of the women’s heptathlon, the shot put, in which Jamaican Salcia Slack was again unable to stand out after posting a 15th best 13.53 meter shot put. Slack (2,503 points) now sits in 30th place overall in the heptathlon, 465 points behind leader Jessica Ennis-Hill (2,968 points) of Great Britain. Five minutes after the women’s shot put was underway, heat one of the men’s 400m hurdles began on the track with Jamaican Roxroy Cato ready to impress. Cato was unable to qualify though, after posting a 49.47 second time which was only enough to place 6th in the heat. Heat two included 28-year old Jamaican Leford Green who was unfortunately equally unimpressive with a slightly better time of 49.33s, which was just enough to qualify for the next round. Annsert Whyte of Jamaica was also able to qualify for the next round after posting a time of 49.10s in heat three. After overlooking the next event, which is the men’s pole vault qualification (no Jamaicans competed), the women’s triple jump qualification is up. Jamaican Shanieka Thomas who was part of group B did qualify after having her best jump on her second attempt at 14.05m. The next event (men’s 100m) features all of the big names for Jamaica, as well as the biggest name athlete in all competitions. All eyes were on Usain Bolt to redeem himself after only finishing this event with a sub-10 time in the past few years only once. As he lined up as part of heat 7, American Mike Rodgers looked to impress as well after fellow countryman and this year’s fastest man Justin Gatlin is the man to beat. Bolt (9.96) did just edge Rodgers (9.97) out for pole position in the heat and an easy qualification for the semifinals.
Fellow Jamaicans Asafa Powell (9.95) and Nickel Ashmeade (10.19) were also able to qualify for the next round. The women’s Heptathlon continued next with the 200 meters and Salcia Slack competing with heat 3, and although she finished last (8th) with a time of 24.73s she was able to move up to 28th in overall points at 3,415. Day one in Beijing concluded with Mohamed Farah of Great Britain winning the men’s 10,000 meters surprising no one as no Jamaicans competed in this event. Day two will kick off with the men’s 20km race walk.