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Megan Simmonds wins the women's 100m hurdles final in 12.79, personal best, ahead of Shermaine Williams 12.96 and Nickeisha Wilson 12.97...Danielle Williams did not finish ‪#‎JamaicaTrials‬ ‪#‎Rio2016‬

Rio DreamRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Megan Simmonds, Shermaine Williams and Nickeisha Wilson have booked their semi-final spots in the women’s 100m hurdles Tuesday’s fifth day of track and field at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Simmonds ran 12.81secs to secure one of three automatic qualifying spots behind American Brianna Rollins, who won the heat in 12.54.

The Jamaican champion who looked smooth in her race expect a better performance in Wednesday’s semi-finals.

“I think I could have focussed a tad bit more in the race, but I have semifinals to correct that and hopefully God’s willing I will get it right. I feel like I am in form and in shape to give them a good battle. I am super confident. My coach is Stephen Francis and I serve one true living God.

Earlier, Williams was fourth in heat 1, in 12.95 and advanced as one of the time qualifiers. Coming in her second Olympics, Williams finished behind the winner Kristi Castlin of United States, 12.68, and Anne Zagre of Belgium, 12.85 and Nooralotta Neziri of Finland, 12.88.

Wilson, in her first sprint hurdles at this level, ran a season best 12.89 in taking an automatic third spot in heat four to move into the semis. She was beaten to the line by Cindy Roleder of Germany won the heat in 12.86 a and Tiffany Porter of Great Britain, 12.87.

Bahamian Pedrya Seymour also qualified for the semis with 12.85 taking third pot in heat 4, won by Nia Ali of USA 12.76.

Barbados’ Kierre Beckles, 13.01 did not advance, running 13.01 to finish sixth in heat four.

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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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