Tuesday 10 December, 2019

DOHA 2019: Jackson and McPherson qualify for 400m final

Shericka Jackson, of Jamaica, left, and Shaunae Miller-Uibo, of Bahamas, cross the finish line of the women's 400m semifinals at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner).

Shericka Jackson, of Jamaica, left, and Shaunae Miller-Uibo, of Bahamas, cross the finish line of the women's 400m semifinals at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner).

The Jamaican pair of Shericka Jackson and Stephenie Ann McPherson have qualified for the final of the women's 400m at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Jackson, the Olympic and 2015 world bronze medallist, made the medal round as one of two non-automatic qualifiers.

The 25-year-old Jackson sacrificed an automatic qualifying spot by challenging the gold medal favourite Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas in the second semi-final on Tuesday and was relegated to third in 50.10 seconds, the fourth-fastest qualifying time out of the heats.

Miller-Uibo, the Olympic 400m champion, easily won in 49.66, the fastest qualifying time heading into Thursday's final, while United States' Wadeline Jonathas finished second for the other automatic qualifying spot from the heat with a lifetime best 50.07.

Miller-Uibo has been unbeatable this season.

In her last significant competitive race she shattered the IAAF Diamond League 200m record by winning the title in Zurich in 21.74. She has also defeated all opposition – including Olympic champion Elaine Thompson and Britain’s European champion Dinah Asher-Smith – over the half-lap sprint.

But as the schedule at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 is not conducive to her doubling up, Miller-Uibo has chosen to concentrate on what is still regarded as her main event over one lap.

Her clocking of 49.05 at the start of the season in Gainesville, Florida, still tops the world list for the season, and this tall, powerful 25-year-old Bahamian appears to be at the peak of her powers.

McPherson won the third and final semifinal heat in 50.70, a season-best, for an automatic qualifying spot into the semifinals and the sixth-fastest qualifier out of the heats.

Bahrain’s 21-year-old rising star Salwa Eid Naser, the biggest threat to Miller-Uibo in the final, won her heat in 49.79 seconds, the second-fastest qualifying time going into the final.

Eid Naser is second on this year’s world list with 49.17, recorded at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne.

 

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