Jamaican 400m hurdlers make progress on day 2 of the World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya.

In the women’s event, Gabriel White topped heat 2 in 58.65, and Moseiha Bridgen finished second in heat 3, running 58.88, to book their spots in the final.

Heidi Salminen of Finland leads the field into the final with a personal-best 58.12. Canadian Savannah Sutherland is the second fastest with 58.45.

On the men’s side, Roshawn Clarke recorded the second-fastest opening round time of 50.93, a personal best effort.

Clarke commented: “It was a good race because I felt comfortable throughout. My goal is to make it to the finals, and I promise to win a medal.”

Clarke’s teammate, Devontie Archer, also won his heat (4) in 52.17. Both are into the semi-finals of the one-lap obstacle event.

Archer commented: “I’m feeling splendid. My strategy in this race was to run from the front so that I don’t use a lot of energy because we have a semi-final and final. I like the climate here, and if it remains like this, I will make it to the finals.”

Chevonne Hall qualified for the semi-finals of the men’s 800m. He ran 1:49.47 to finish third in heat two and secured an automatic spot in the next round.

Kenyan pair of Emmanuel Wanyonyi, 1:46.51 and Noah Kibet, 1:46.70 are the fastest from the first round.


By Anthony Foster

Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

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