NAIROBI, Kenya (habarionline.co.ke) – With Jamaica being a powerhouse in sprints, it has commanded a huge following and love for the Caribbean nation was witnessed when teenage athlete Tyreke Wilson compete in his heat as World Under-18 championships kicked off on Wednesday in Kenya.
Wilson with a 10.34 season best is the favourite in the 100m as he romped to Heat five win in 10.60 to qualify for the evenings semi-final alongside Daneslon Mahautiere (10.74) and Kenya’s Elijah Matayo (10.78) both who set their personal bests.
But South Africa’s Retshidisitswe Mlenga clocked the fastest time of 10.48 in heat one as his compatriot Tshenolo Lemao won heat three in 10.54.
Luis Brander of Germany timed 10.54 in heat two with Mohamed Medi of Algeria winning heat four in 10.59.
Wilson is upbeat for the semi-finals saying his intention is to sail through to the finals for a medal.
“I am impressed by the performance in heats but time slower because of the high altitude. However I am targeting my best in this championship,” Wilson said adding that the 2007 world 100 m bronze medallists Asafa Powel inspires him alot.
“I want to be like (Asafa) Powell. He is my idol and I want to follow his footsteps,” He said.
“I hope I will get gold in Kenya,” He added.
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