Beijing Caribbean ChaseBy: Noel ‘Bravo’ Francis, Special to

Morning session in Beijing

The Caribbean will have a number of promising athletes on the opening day (Friday Aug 21 Caribbean time) of competition at the 15th World Championship in Beijing, China. In the morning session, Akela Jones (20) of Barbados makes her senior debut at a major championship in the women’s heptathlon. The NCAA Division One champion will compete in the final heat of the 100m at 9:24 pm Barbados time (8:24 pm Jamaica time). Also making her World Championship debut is Jamaica’s Salcia Slack (25). She will compete in heat two at 8:08 pm Jamaica time. Both ladies round off the morning session with the high jump (Heptathlon) starting an hour later.

Two Caribbean women will also be in action in the shot put. Trinidad & Tobago’s Cleopatra Borel, the 2015 Pan American Champion and Jamaica’s Danniel Thomas will be seeking to advance from group ‘A’ in the qualification round. See schedule below:

Women’s 100m hurdles Heptathlon

8:08 pm (Jamaica time) – Salcia Slack    (Jamaica)

9:24 pm (Barbados time) – Akela Jones  ( Barbados)

High Jump Heptathlon

9:10 pm (Jamaica) & 10:10 pm ( Barbados)  – Akela Jones (BAR) & Salcia Slack (JAM)

Women’s Shot Put

8:10 pm (Jamaica) & 9:10 (Trinidad & Tobago) –  Cleopatra Borel (T&T) & Danniel Thomas (JAM)

Afternoon Session

5:30 am/6:30 am (Jamaica/Barbados)  Final round of women’s shot put (Heptathlon)  Akela Jones (BAR) Salcia Slack (JAM)

5:35 am/6:35 am (Jamaica/Bahamas)  Men’s 400m hurdles heat one – Roxroy Cato (JAM), Jeffrey Gibson (BAH)

5:43 am/6:43 am (Jamaica/Trinidad & Tobago)  Men’s 400m hurdles heat two – Leford Green (JAM), Jehue Gordon (T&T)

5:51 am (Jamaica time)  Men’s 400m hurdles heat three – Annsert Whyte (JAM)

6:10 am (Jamaica time)  Women’s triple jump Group ‘A’   –  Kimberly Williams (JAM) & Shanieka Thomas (JAM) Group ‘B’

6:20 am (Jamaica time +1hour for the Caribbean)    Men’s 100m Heats  Entry list TBA

7:05 am (Jamaica time + 1hour for Trinidad & Tobago)   Women’s Shot Put final round  (Heptathlon)  Entry list TBA

7:15 am (Jamaica time +1hour for Barbados )  Women’s 200m Heptathlon  –  Akela Jones (BAR) & Salcia Slack (JAM)

7:50 am (Jamaica time +1 hour for the Caribbean)  Men’s 10,000 metres final ( Mo Farah, Geoffrey Kamworor, Paul Tanui, Galen Rupp, Cameron Levins)


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