Jamaican ladies head to semi-finals
Posted by Dresonic on August 17, 2008
National champion Stewart was the most impressive, clocking 10.98 seconds to dismiss defending champion Yulia Nestsiarenka (11.14) of Belarus and Olympic silver medallists, Lauryn Williams of the US (11.07), as well as European champion Kim Gevaert (11.10) of Belgium.
Fraser also looked smooth, running a controlled 11.06, while Simpson logged 11.02secs to beat Muna Lee of the US (11.08) and the veteran Chandra Sturrup (11.16) of the Bahamas.
Also, Kenia Sinclair progressed to tomorrow’s final of the Women’s 800m, while Danny McFarlane and Markino Buckley secured spots in the Men’s 400m hurdles decider.
Sinclair, who posted a season best 1 minute 58.28 on the back of a brisk first lap of 56.10secs set by eventual winner Janet Jeokosgie (1 minute 57.28), said determination brought her through as one of the two fastest losers.
‘We went out a little bit too fast. I knew I was going to pay for it in the straight, but I was thinking about getting into the final so I just tried to hold on as much as I could and it paid off,” the national record-holder told the Sunday Observer, adding that she was pleased with her best time of the year.
“I just thank God I was able to… perform to the best of my ability, so now I’m just looking forward to the final to give it all I have because I have nothing to lose,” the 2006 commonwealth and World Indoor silver medallist added.
Meanwhile, 2004 Olympic silver medallist, McFarlane, clocked a season best 48.33 for second in Semi-final Two behind World Champion and pre-race favourite Kerron Clement(48.27).
Buckley finished third in 48.50secs – 0.15 faster that his previous best of 48.65 done in Friday’s heats.
Isa Phillips found the going tough in semi-final one, finishing fifth in 48.85 behind winner Angelo Taylor (47.94secs), the champion from Sydney 2000.
In the field events, Zara Northover and Herbert McGreggor preformed way below their best in the shot putt and long jump, respectively.
Northover’s best was 15.85m for 31st of 35 throwers, while McGreggor’s best jump of 7.64m placed in 30th out of 40 participants.
Later today, 2005 World Championship gold medallist Trecia Smith will contest the triple jump final, while the heats of the Women’s 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles begin.
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