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.


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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