Tuesday 31 March, 2020

Jamaicans Kemoy Campbell, Steven Gayle disqualified at World Indoors

Kemoy Campbell.

Kemoy Campbell.

Kemoy Campbell, Jamaica's sole representative in the 3000 metres at the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, was disqualified following the running of Heat 2 on Friday because of a lane infringements.

Three other athletes in the heat including Olympic 5,000m silver medalist Paul Chelimo of the USA were also disqualified for lane infringements.

Earlier, another Jamaican - quarter-miler Steven Gayle and the other four competitors in Heat 3 of the men's 400 metres were also disqualified for lane infringements.

In the men's 3000 metres, a trio of Ethiopians and a Kenyan duo were amongst the top qualifiers going through to Sunday afternoon’s final. 

Defending champion Yomif Kejelcha qualified fastest courtesy of his swift 7:42.83 heat one victory, whilst his Ethiopian teammate, Hagos Gebrhiwet, followed him home closely with 7:43.55.

The second heat was led home by a third Ethiopian, Selemon Barega, who has ran the quickest time this season with 7:36.64.

The 18-year-old world youth champion showed impressive finishing speed to clock 7:48.14 for the win as the African nation looks set to be a strong bet for a podium sweep on Sunday.

Behind, the 2015 world youth silver medallist Davis Kiplangat ensured Kenya have a firm presence in the final, thanks to a 7:48.26 showing.

The Jamaican pair of Olympic finalist Stephanie Ann McPherson and Tovea Jenkins won their respective heats of the women's 400 metres to qualify for the semi-finals.

McPherson won Heat 5 in a season-best 52.18 to qualify for the semi-finals with the second fastest time; while Jenkins booked her spot after winning the final heat in 53.39.

The fastest qualifiers is USA’s Courtney Okolo with 51.54 seconds,  the only athlete to break the 52-second barrier.


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