TAMPERE, Finland – Christopher Taylor and Briana Williams led the way for Jamaica on Wednesday’s second day (11 July) of the 16th IAAF World U20 Championships.
Williams was the most impressive Jamaican in Wednesday’s third session.
The 16-year-old, who was quick out of the blocks, eased across the line in 11.28secs, the fastest time of the heats women’s 100m heats.
Ockera Myrie, the other Jamaican in the women’s 100m, also secured her spot in the semi-final round with 11.70secs.
In the men’s 400m, Christopher Taylor went out fast, cruised home in 46.10secs.
Taylor’s Jamaican teammate Chantz Sawyers was also easy in taking heat 4 in 46.52.
Both 110m hurdlers Damion Thomas and Orlando Bennett were very comfortable in their qualifying round heat.
Thomas, who was first up, led the semi-final qualifiers with 13.41.
Bennett, winner of heat 2, will enter the semi-final with 13.65.
Thomas and Bennett will return for the semi-finals later today.
Also, Shiann Salmon, who has things her way in the women’s 400m hurdles heat 5, easily qualified for the next round with 58.14.
Sanique Walker, who is fighting off a hamstring problem, secured one of the automatic qualifying spots in her heat, crossing the line in 58.45.
Later today, Wayne Pinnock and Shakwon Coke will be in the men’s long jump final.
Michael Stephens and Michael Bentley are down for the semi-finals of the men’s 100m. Stacey-Ann Williams will contest the women’s 400m semis.
Quartermilers Chrissani May and Shaquena Foote are also expected to run the semi-finals of their event later.