Danielle Williams
Danielle Williams of Jamaica

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LONDON – The struggles continue for Jamaica at the London 2017 World Championships on Friday evening.

The country’s four sprint hurdlers, defending champion Danielle Williams, Megan Simmods, Rushelle Burton, and Yanique Thompson failed to make it to the championship event.

Thompson came the closest with 12.88, the 10th best time after she finished a close 3rd in semi-final two.

Williams, however, had things tough from the start when she hit the first hurdle. The overwhelming favourite for a medal never recovered and finished 5th in 13.14.

Burton, in the final semi-final, finished fifth in 12.94 while Simmonds was fourth in semi-final 1 in 12.93.

American world record holder Kendra Harrison got into the final with the slowest time. She also had problems with hitting hurdles. She was third in semi-final in 12.86

“I made the final so I’m just glad to have got through,” said Harrison.
“I think that first little hiccup threw me off, but I just tried to make it through. I’m excited for the final, it’s my first one, and I’m ready to come out here and get the job done.

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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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