Tuesday 19 November, 2019

Jamaican sprinters fail to advance to final at Parapan American Games

Shane Hudson (left) and Tevaughn Thomas (third left) compete in the men's T12 100m heats.

Shane Hudson (left) and Tevaughn Thomas (third left) compete in the men's T12 100m heats.

Tevaughn Thomas and Shane Hudson lined up for the men's T45-47 100 metres in heat two in lanes seven and nine, respectively, on Tuesday night at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. They knew that the battle had to be fought well for them to transition to the finals before they could contemplate a medal.

So with that in mind, they went to business in cold weather, but the odds were against them and they fell short and well below their personal bests.

Thomas, the 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist, came home fifth in 11.82 seconds and Hudson, more known for his 400m international successes, clocked 11.99 for sixth position.

Thomas said: "We gave it our best try in these conditions, but we've got to get ready and be firing for the World Championships in November."

Their teammate, Jason Brown, reported to the starting line in the men's T12 100m the same evening and recorded at the finish line 11.82 seconds, well below his personal best and failed to make it to the final.

All in all, it was a tough evening for the Jamaican sprinters and disappointing for the athletes who were not able to repeat their best times.

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