Sunday 22 July, 2018

Stephens clocks PB 10.22 to qualify for 100m final at World U20 Champs

Jamaican sprinter Michael Stephens.

Jamaican sprinter Michael Stephens.

Jamaican sprinter Michael Stephens clocked a lifetime best 10.22 seconds to book his spot in the men's 100-metre final on day two of the  IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland on Wednesday.

Stephens achieved the 10.22 clocking in heat 2 of the semi-finals won by Henrik Larsson of Sweden, who was also credited with the same time, which represents a Swedish National Under 20 record.

The 10.22 clocking means that Stephen and Larsson will enter the final, set for later at 12:05 pm Jamaica time, with the joint second fastest qualifying time.

The second Jamaican in the semi-finals -Michael Bentley - who won the National Under 20 title at the Jamaican National Junior Championships last month, did not start.

Gold medal favourite, 17-year-old Anthony Schwartz of the USA has the fastest qualifying time going into the final.

Schwartz, who claimed the US U20 title in 10.23 last month to secure his place in Tampere, won the first semi-final in 10.19.

Schwartz is the world U20 leader courtesy of his 10.09 clocking in Albuquerque last month.

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