(Sporting Alert) — The Jamaica and U.S. Track and Field Championships will slip into full gear Friday night with some interesting events.

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But the fan will be keeping their eyes in the short sprint events on both the men’s and women’s side.

At the National Stadium in Kingston, Asafa Powell, Steve Mullings, Yohan Blake, Michael Frater and Nesta Carter will lead the way over the men’s 100 metres, as the nation looks to see who will join Usain Bolt at the World Championships later this summer.

All five competitors looks good in their opening rounds on Thursday and are expected to make the finals, which will be contested tonight.

Veronica Campbell-Brown, Sherone Simpson, Kerron Stewart, Jura Levy and Schillonie Calvert will lead the way on the women’s side.

At the USA Championships, Tyson Gay will battle with a hungry field, which also includes Mike Rogers, Walter Dix, Jeff Demps and Rakieem Salaam.

On the women’s side, and Carmelita Jeter and Marshevet Myers are the early standouts.

By Gary Smith and Susan Beckford

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