Rio Dream 1024x531 1 1024x531 1RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Pedrya Seymour set a new Bahamian record to book her place in the finals of the Rio Olympics women’s 100m hurdles.

Seymour, who had to play catch up, did so perfectly to cross the line behind American danger woman and former world champion, Brianna Rollins – 12.47.

Her time, 12.64 seconds, bettered her previous national record of 12.83, done at this year’s NACAC Under-23 Championships in San Salvador.

In a post race interview with Caribbean media, after advancing from her first round heat, Seymour had mentioned that she would dedicate her Rio performance to “my brother who was murdered.”

From her reaction to her automatic qualification, this successful effort to make it to the last eight, would have pleased her.

Shermaine Williams, who matched the leaders stride for stride in the early stages, finished 5th in 12.86, a season best. The time was not fast enough to take her to the championship event.

Nickiesha Wilson, in semi-final 2, finished 7th in 13.14, slower than her first round run of 12.89.
American, Nia Ali, won the race in 12.65 ahead of Canadian, Phylicia George, 12.77.

Megan Simmonds, Jamaica’s last hope for a spot in the last eight, came up in semi-final 3. She was there with the leaders at the second hurdle, but after clipping the third, and almost every single one after, faded to 5th in 12.95.

USA’s Kristi Castlin topped the race in 12.63 ahead of Cindy Ofili of Great Britain, 12.71.

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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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