Asafa Powell, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce win Jamaica Championships 100m; Yohan Blake out

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Former 100m world-record holder Asafa Powell won the Jamaican Championships 100m final in 9.84 seconds (race video here), while Olympic silver medalist Yohan Blake failed to reach the final in Kingston on Friday night.

Olympic and World champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce took the women’s 100m title in 10.79 seconds, matching the fastest time in the world since 2013 (race video here). Veronica Campbell-Brown, a two-time Olympic 200m champion, was third in 11.06.

“I need the races to get myself into shape,” Fraser-Pryce said in a broadcast interview, adding she came into the competition with hamstring pain. “I don’t need to make a statement to the world. … It’s not about proving anything to anybody because, as I’ve said, I’ve already proven myself, over and over.”

The results should send Powell, Fraser-Pryce and Campbell-Brown to the World Championships, with four total Jamaican 100m sprinters in each event, and will keep Blake from going to Worlds in the 100m. Fraser-Pryce was already a safe bet to go to Worlds as the defending 100m and 200m champion.

Usain Bolt isn’t running at the Jamaican Championships but will surely go to Worlds — Aug. 22-30 in Beijing — in both the 100m and 200m as defending champion in both events.

Powell, 32, hasn’t won an individual global championship medal since 100m bronze at the 2009 World Championships. He missed the 2013 Worlds due to a doping ban but has surged since returning. He’s been the fastest Jamaican man this year and last year and is tied for No. 2 in the world this year at 9.84.

Of Worlds in Beijing, Powell said he’s “going there for the gold medal,” according to The Associated Press.

Blake, 25, clocked 10.36 seconds to place sixth in his semifinal earlier Friday, failing to qualify for the final. He is also entered in the 200m at the Jamaican Championships, so he could still make it to Worlds.

Blake hasn’t broken 10 seconds in all six of his 100m finishes since the first of his two season-ending hamstring injuries in 2013.

Blake was Bolt’s biggest rival in 2011 and 2012. After Bolt false-started out of the 2011 Worlds 100m final, Blake went on to win. Blake defeated Bolt in both the 100m and 200m at the 2012 Jamaican Olympic trials before Bolt returned the favor in London, relegating Blake to 100m and 200m silver.

Blake is three years younger than Bolt and eight years younger than Justin Gatlin, the world’s fastest man in 2014 and 2015. Blake has said he wants to retire before 2020, which would make the Rio 2016 Olympics his second and final Games, should he qualify.

Jamaica’s second fastest woman in the 100m, Elaine Thompson, opted not to run the 100m at the Jamaican Championships but is entered in the 200m with Fraser-Pryce.

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Tahiti chosen for Olympic surfing competition at 2024 Paris Games

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Paris 2024 Olympic organizers want the surfing competition to be held in Tahiti, an island in French Polynesia that is about 9,800 miles from Paris.

It would break the record for the farthest Olympic medal competition to be held outside the host. In 1956, equestrian events were moved out of Melbourne due to quarantine laws and held five months earlier in Stockholm, some 9,700 miles away.

The Paris 2024 executive board approved the site Thursday — specifically, the village of Teahupo’o — and will propose it to the IOC. It beat out other applicants Biarritz, Lacanau, Les Landes and La Torche, all part of mainland France.

Surfing will debut at the 2020 Tokyo Games but is not on the permanent Olympic program. Surfing was among sports added to the Paris 2024 program in June and could be added for the 2028 Los Angeles Games.

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Adam Jones, five-time MLB All-Star, becomes Olympic eligible

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Should the U.S. qualify for baseball’s Olympic return, a five-time MLB All-Star could be eligible for its roster in Tokyo. And he has interest.

Outfielder Adam Jones signed with the Orix Buffaloes of Japan’s domestic league, which, unlike MLB, will take an Olympic break next summer to allow players to take part in the first Olympic baseball tournament in 12 years.

Jones, 34, made no mention of Olympic eligibility in a social media post announcing the signing. His Instagram avatar is a photo of him in a Team USA jersey from the World Baseball Classic.

Jones’ agent later said that Jones does have interest in playing for the U.S. in Tokyo, should an American team qualify in the spring.

“To play over in Japan has always been a desire of Adam’s, and the timing worked out that the Olympics happens to be played in Tokyo the first year of his contract,” Jones’ agent wrote in an email. “It wasn’t one of the factors on his decision BUT more of a [sic] addition to the overall package to decide to go.”

Jones called being part of the U.S.’ 2017 WBC title, “probably the best experience of my life so far, especially with sports,” according to The Associated Press. He was one of five players to be on the U.S. team at each of the last two World Baseball Classics.

The U.S. still faces a difficult task to qualify for the Tokyo Games. It lost to Mexico last month in its first of up to three chances at qualifying tournaments, using a roster of mostly double-A and triple-A caliber players.

Major Leaguers are not expected to be made available for qualifying or for the Tokyo Games.

The next two qualifying tournaments will be in late March (an Americas qualifier in Arizona) and early April (a final, global qualifying event in Chinese Taipei). It remains to be seen how MLB clubs will go about releasing minor leaguers for a tournament that will take place during spring training.

Jones could become the third player with prior MLB All-Star experience to compete at the Olympics from any nation, joining Australian catcher Dave Nilsson and Canadian pitcher Jason Dickson.

Jones made five All-Star teams during an 11-year stint with the Baltimore Orioles from 2008-18 before playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season.

Many players competed at the Olympics before making an MLB All-Star team, including Stephen Strasburg and Jason Giambi.

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