Trinidad and Tobago’s Khalifa St. Fort will be the only Caribbean woman in tonight’s (21 July) 100m final at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

St. Fort did what it took to advance from semi-final II – 11.22 seconds to secure one of two automatic qualifying spots behind American Candace Hill, 11.12.

The time by Hill, the overwhelming favourite to take the crown, is a new championship record.

Vanesha Pusey of Jamaica ran 11.66, but failed to advance from semi-final III, won by Polish miss, Ewa Swoboda in a national junior record, 11.17.

Also, in the men’s half lap event, Jamaica’s Nigel Ellis, is the only Caribbean athlete with a place in the final.

He did 20.78 for second in semi-final III, won by Tlorliso Leotlela of South Africa, 20.58.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Akanni Hislop did not finish the race.

Antigua and Barbuda’s Coull Graham, 21.24 from semi-final 2, won by American Michael Norman JR, 20.71, also failed to advance.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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