Briana Williams runs 11.28 in heats at World U20 Championships 2018

TAMPERE, Finland – All but one Jamaicans progressed to the semi-final or final round of their events. This was on Friday’s (13 July) opening session of the 16th IAAF World U20 Championships.

Briana Williams, in search of the sprint double, easily secured her spot in Friday evening’s 200m semi-finals with 23.32. Williams was smooth down the straight to drop the day’s fourth fastest time.

“It was okay, I just ran the curve and cruised home,” American-born Williams said.

Sprint hurdlers Britany Anderson, the World U18 champion, and Amoi Brown, the Jamaican champion, both secured easy semi-finals passage.

Anderson won heat 2 in 13.37 and Brown heat 3 in 13.49.

“It was okay even though I had some problems,” said Brown, a former Vere student. Brown said she is running with an injured toe.

Anderson said her opening round “felt good” and that she “didn’t know I was running that fast, but I just wanted to get to the semi-finals.”

Lamara Distin cleared 1.82m to qualify as the 12th best high jumper. She was the only qualifier not to clear the automatic qualifying mark of 1.84m.

“Everything was going okay until I got to 1.84m, but I am glad I am in the final,” the Vere student said.

Kimar Farquharson, who fought gallantly and was in an automatic qualifying spot in the last 50 metres, dropped to fifth in 1:50.76. This was not enough to make progress.

“I could have won the race, but I felt a little pain in my hamstring and didn’t want to pressure it,” said Farquharson


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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