Trinidad and Tobago’s Khalifa St. Fort will be the only Caribbean woman in tonight’s (21 July) 100m final at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
St. Fort did what it took to advance from semi-final II – 11.22 seconds to secure one of two automatic qualifying spots behind American Candace Hill, 11.12.
The time by Hill, the overwhelming favourite to take the crown, is a new championship record.
Vanesha Pusey of Jamaica ran 11.66, but failed to advance from semi-final III, won by Polish miss, Ewa Swoboda in a national junior record, 11.17.
Also, in the men’s half lap event, Jamaica’s Nigel Ellis, is the only Caribbean athlete with a place in the final.
He did 20.78 for second in semi-final III, won by Tlorliso Leotlela of South Africa, 20.58.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Akanni Hislop did not finish the race.
Antigua and Barbuda’s Coull Graham, 21.24 from semi-final 2, won by American Michael Norman JR, 20.71, also failed to advance.