BEIJING, China – Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson and Veronica-Campbell Brown secured semifinals spots in the women’s 200 metres by winning their heat at the World Championships here inside the Bird Nest Stadium.

Thompson streaked into the lead after 100 metres and then cruise home in 22.78 as Bianca Williams of Great Britain was second in 22.85 and Khamica Bingham of Canada third in 22.90.

Campbell-Brown had to work a little hard than expected.

Semoy Hacket of Trinidad and Tobago pushed her a little more than she would have liked but Campbell-Brown still looked fairly easy to win in 22.79 seconds with Hackett doing 22.89 as Margaret Adeoye of Great Britain finished third in 23.10.

Jamaica’s Sherone Simpson was second in her heat to Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain. Both were well ahead of their rivals coming into the straight but Asher-Smith pulled away to win in 22.22 seconds with Simpson doing 22.52 as Ivet Lolova-Collio of Bulgaria was third in 22.54.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Reyare Thomas finished third to 100 metres silver medallist Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands. The latter strolled to 22.58 seconds with Rosangela Santos of Brazil finishing second in 23.01 as Thomas did 23.09. Sheniqua Ferguson of Bahamas did 23.44 for sixth.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Kamaria Durant and Kineke Alexander of St. Kitts and Nevis finished sixth and seventh in their heat in 23.25 and 23.30 respectively and failed to advance. It was won by Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Ivory Coast in 22.73.


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