Saturday 17 August, 2019

Britanny Anderson, Daszay Freeman in medal round at World U18 Champs

Jamaican Britanny Anderson.

Jamaican Britanny Anderson.

Jamaican Britanny Anderson produced an easy 13.10-second clocking in the heats of the girls' 100-metre hurdles on Saturday's fourth and penultimate day of the 10th and final IAAF World Under-18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya.

The 13.10-second clocking handed the Vere Technical athlete a comfortable victory in Heat 1 over Yoveini Mota (13.18, a personal best) of Venezuela.

The Jamaican will enter Sunday's final with second fastest qualifying time behind Cyrena Samba-Mayela of France, the fastest U18 girl in the world this year over the 100m hurdles, who bettered her own world lead to qualify fastest.

She clocked 12.98, a European U18 best and just 0.04 outside the world U18 best held by Jamaica's Yanique Thompson, leading the way as a total of 10 athletes improved their personal bests in the heats.

Jamaica will have two qualifiers in the medal round as Daszay Freeman progressed to the final with a personal best 13.07 in the third and final heat, which handed her second behind Samba-Mayela's world leading time.

Jamaica has so far secured two gold and two bronze for a medal haul of four.

Sprint hurdler De'Jour Russell and quarter-miler Antonio Watson won the gold medals for Jamaica on Friday, while sprinters  Kevona Davis and Tyreke Wilson secured the bronze medals in the 100 metres.

The afternoon session is now underway.and three Jamaicans will be in action later.

They are Xavier Naire in the first semi-final of the boys' 200 metres at 5:35 pm (9:35 am Jamaica time); Shanique Walker in the girls' 400m hurdles final at 6:00 pm (10:00 am Jamaica time) and Rovane Williams in the boys' 400m hurdles final at 6:15 pm (10:15 Jamaica time).

Jamaica has won a total of 50 medals, 19 of them gold, across the previous nine editions of the championships, putting them at fifth on the all-time medals table.

Six countries, including defending champions United States, have pulled out of the championships citing security concerns. The other countries which have pulled out are Canada, Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand and Great Britain.

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