Briana Williams runs 11.28 in heats at World U20 Championships 2018
Briana Williams runs 11.28 in heats at World U20 Championships 2018

TAMPERE, Finland – Christopher Taylor and Briana Williams led the way for Jamaica on Wednesday’s second day (11 July) of the 16th IAAF World U20 Championships.

Williams was the most impressive Jamaican in Wednesday’s third session.

The 16-year-old, who was quick out of the blocks, eased across the line in 11.28secs, the fastest time of the heats women’s 100m heats.

Ockera Myrie, the other Jamaican in the women’s 100m, also secured her spot in the semi-final round with 11.70secs.

In the men’s 400m, Christopher Taylor went out fast, cruised home in 46.10secs.

Taylor’s Jamaican teammate Chantz Sawyers was also easy in taking heat 4 in 46.52.

Both 110m hurdlers Damion Thomas and Orlando Bennett were very comfortable in their qualifying round heat.

Thomas, who was first up, led the semi-final qualifiers with 13.41.

Bennett, winner of heat 2, will enter the semi-final with 13.65.

Thomas and Bennett will return for the semi-finals later today.

Also, Shiann Salmon, who has things her way in the women’s 400m hurdles heat 5, easily qualified for the next round with 58.14.

Sanique Walker, who is fighting off a hamstring problem, secured one of the automatic qualifying spots in her heat, crossing the line in 58.45.

Later today, Wayne Pinnock and Shakwon Coke will be in the men’s long jump final.

Michael Stephens and Michael Bentley are down for the semi-finals of the men’s 100m. Stacey-Ann Williams will contest the women’s 400m semis.

Quartermilers Chrissani May and Shaquena Foote are also expected to run the semi-finals of their event later.

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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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