Briana Williams and Shericka Jackson finished just outside the medals on day one of the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade despite personal-best times.
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The silver lining was that all four women placed third to sixth had identical times. Briana Williams and Jackson both recorded personal bests in 7.04secs, the same time as American Marybeth Sant-Price, who was third. Mujinga Kambundji of Switzerland was the event winner in a world-leading 6.96s while American Mikiah Brisco finished second in a personal-best 6.99.
Earlier, Briana Williams ran 7.06 to win her heat. Michelle-Lee Ahye (TTO) ran 7.23 for second in hers to qualify. Shericka Jackson clocked 7.16 behind Great Britain’s Daryll Neita 71.3 in heat 5, while Anthonique Strachan (BAH) ran 7.22 for third in heat 4.
In the semifinals, Williams had won her heat in 7.08 while Jackson ran 7.08 for third and squeezed into the final. Ahye finished second behind Williams to secure one of the two automatic qualifying spots.
Jereem Richards (TTO) won his heat in 46.69, and along with Christopher Taylor (JAM) 46.48, second in his heat, advanced to the semis. Richards, with 46.16, secured his place in the final while Taylor appeared injured and did not finish.
Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas ran 51.74 to beat Stephenie-Ann McPherson (JAM) 51.86 in heat 5 of the women’s 400m. Roneisha McGregor (JAM), with her 52.89 effort, is out of the final. Aliyah Abrams of Guyana (52.34) was second in this heat. Megan Moss’ (BAH) 54.03 saw her out of the final.
McPherson won her semi-final race in 51.26 to book a place in the final; Miller-Uibo won her semi-final in 51.38.
Danniel Thomas-Dodd (JAM) finished the women’s shot put out of the medals. She could only manage 19.12m for 6th in the event, won by Poland’s Auriol Dongmo with a world-leading 20.43m.
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