Athletes Have Last Chance to Qualify For London Olympic Games

Karene King, left, Ashley Kelly and Chantel Malone making last run at London

JULY 4—With less than 23 days before the London Olympic Games open on July 27, the window will be permanently closed on Sunday, July 8, for any athlete whose dream is to go an Olympic Games.

Like their counterparts around the world, it has come down to the wire for three BVI athletes, whether or not they will be marching in the opening ceremony then stepping on the track as accredited competitors.

During the weekend Jamaica National Championships, Karene King ran her 200m in 23.53 seconds or .23 off the 23.30 qualifying standard that books her ticket to London. Ashley Kelly—another Olympic Games hopeful—ran 23.79 in her heat after running 53.77 in the 400m.

Chantel Malone advanced in the 400m with a mark of 53.33 seconds, but is still outside the 52.35 seconds mark—also her personal best—to begin arriving for a scheduled training camp that begins next week.

Malone and King will compete in Canada in their last attempt to get to London.

Kelly will compete in Mexico at the NACAC U23 Championships.