Elaine Thompson advances to Pan Am Games 100m final
Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica is the fastest qualifier heading into the women's 100m final at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.
Thompson booked her spot by winning the second of three heats with relative ease on Tuesday. She clocked 11.36 seconds, running into a mild headwind of 0.4m/s.
Brazil’s Rosa Cristina Silva was second in the heat in 11.40 to be the second automatic qualifier from the heat.
Thompson's teammate Natasha Morrison is also through to Wednesday's final after clocking 11.59 for second place in the first semi-final behind Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle Lee Ahye, who won in 11.37, the second-fastest qualifying time.
Canada’s Crystal Emmanuel won the third and final heat in 11.48. Second in the heat was Ecuador’s Angela Gabriela Tenorio Micolta, who stopped the clock in 11.49, while Twanisha Terry of the USA finished third in 11.58.
Terry and Trinidad’s Kelly-Ann Baptiste (11.49), who was third in Thompson’s heat, advanced as the fastest losers.
Jamaica will only have one qualifier in the men's 100m final, which is also scheduled for Wednesday. Rasheed Dwyer is the qualifier following a second-place finish in the third and final semi-final heat.
Dwyer clocked 10.32 to finish second behind Brazil's Paulo André Camilo de Oliveira, who came home in 10.29.
Jamaica's Oshane Bailey (10.43) crashed out following a fifth-place finish in the first semi-final won by Cejhae Green of Antigua in 10.31.
The fastest qualifier going into the final is Brazil's Rodrigo Pereira do Nascimento, who clocked 10.27 seconds to beat Michael Rodgers (10.29) in the second semi-final.