Tina Clayton set a new championship and Jamaica junior record when she led her teammate Serena Cole home in the women’s 100 meters final at the World Athletics Under-20 Championships at the Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium.
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Tina Clayton, winning her second straight title at this level, stormed home in 10.95 seconds. Ironically, Elaine Thompson-Herah also clocked 10.95 seconds in Birmingham earlier in the day to win the Commonwealth Games gold medal.
The Edwin Allen graduate, despite having the fifth-best reaction time, got into her running and moved quickly away from the field to run the second sub-11-second race of her career. At the Jamaica Trials, she ran 10.96 to break Briana Williams’ previous Jamaica Under-20 record of 10.97.
“I feel really good,” Clayton said. “I didn’t have any record in mind or any personal best, but I worked hard, and the success has come,” said added while giving thanks for her achievements.
Serena Cole, who ran from lane seven and recorded one of the slowest reaction times, powered her way home in 11.14, the second-best time of her career. “It’s a great feeling to win the silver medal,” said Cole.
Shawnti Jackson, the daughter of former American 400m hurdles star Bershawn Jackson, was hot throughout the rounds but could only manage 11.15, a personal best, for bronze.
Meanwhile, Dermario Prince had a bad fall over the final hurdle. He was unable to finish the men’s 110-meter hurdles final. Bahamian Antoine Andrews won the event in a World Under-20 lead of 13.23. American Malik Mixon ran a personal best of 13.27 for silver and Matthew Sophia of the Netherlands, an Under-20 national record of 13.34.
Delano Kennedy, 45.49, and Shaemar User, 45.96, both personal-best times, are into the final of the men’s 400 meters.
Dejanea Oakley booked her ticket in the women’s 400 meters final with 52.29. Rickianna Russell did not make it with her 54.44-second effort.