BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 24: Aisha Praught of Jamaica competes in the Women's 3000 metres steeplechase heats during day three of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 24, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for IAAF) *** Local Caption *** Aisha Praught

photomark 1 1024x531 1024x531 1 1024x531 1 1024x531 1 1024x531 1 1024x531 1 1024x531 1RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Aisha Praught became the first Jamaican to qualify for the women’s 3000m steeplechase finals.

Praught advanced to the finals belatedly as she was originally eighth in heat three of the preliminaries on Saturday (aug 13) with 9:35.79, well outside of the top three finish required.

However, she fell in her race along with Ethopian Etenesh Rio and Sarah Treacy of Ireland. Following a successful appeal by the Jamaican team she was later advanced to the finals for Monday, 11:15am.

Praught is the first Jamaican to qualify for the finals of an Olympic event longer than the 800m.

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Clayton Clarke is a freelance track and field journalist since 2005. He is a former athlete and an IAAF Level III coach (Sprints & Hurdles). He has been a writer with Track Alerts since its inception in 2009. He worked with several media houses (radio, tv, newspaper, website) in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, St. Kitts Nevis and the Bahamas. The Tobago native has covered the Carifta Games since 2005, the 2010 Commonwealth Games, 2011 World Athletic Championships and numerous local and regional track and field events.. Though track and field is his passion and main interest, he has served as media liaison with numerous sporting bodies in T&T and in particular in Tobago, namely cycling, chess, football, beach soccer, taekwondo, rugby, swimming, tennis and beach volleyball.


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