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DOHA, Qatar – Jamaican athletes made steady progress on Friday’s (27 Sept) opening day at the 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.
In the men’s 100m heats, Yohan Blake was easy in qualifying for Saturday’s semi-final. The 2011 champion bounced across the line in 10.07s ahead of Jimmy Vicaut of France, 10.08.
Tyquendo Tracey, who ran 10.21 for fourth in his heat, squeezed into the semi-finals.
Barbadian Mario Burke, 10.31s, Cejhae Green of Antigua, 10.33s, and Hakeem Huggins of St. Kitts and Nevis, 10.62, failed to make progress.
Natoya Goule won her heat of the women’s 800m. She led from the start and covered 400m in 59.99. Goule finished comfortably in 2:01.01.
American Ce’Aira Brown clocked 2:01.14 in the second spot while Noelie Yarigo took the third and final automatic qualifying spot in 2:01.19.
Kyron McMaster of British Virgin Islands was easy in taking victory in heat 2 of the men’s 400m hurdles in 49.60.
Jamaica’s Kemar Mowatt ran 49.63 but had to settle for fourth in heat 1, which went to Karsten Warholm of Norway in 49.27.
Homeboy Abderrahman Samba, 49.08, and Antiguan-born American Rai Benjamin, 49.62, are also in the semi-finals of the event, which many experts believe will produce a world record.
American Kevin Young is the world record holder with 46.78 while Warholm ran 46.92 for the world-leading time in August.
Samba’s personal best is 46.98 and Benjamin’s own is 46.98.
Tajay Gayle, in the men’s long jump, just made the final with 7.89m. Seven other jumpers got to 8.00m or better, but Cuban Juan Miguel Echevarría stamped with class with 8.40m.
St. Lucian Levern Spencer narrowly missed out in the women’s high jump. She could only manage to clear 1.92m, the same as four other qualified jumpers, who have made the final.
Bahamian twins Latario Collie-Minns, 16.26m and Lathone, 15.89m, along with Jamaica’s Jordan Scott, 14.73m, all failed to make the gold medal round.
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