Yohan Blake wins his heat of men's 100m at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019
DOHA, QATAR - SEPTEMBER 27: (L-R) Jimmy Vicaut of France, Yohan Blake of Jamaica and Yoshihide Kiryu of Japan compete in the Men's 100 metres heats during day one of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on September 27, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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DOHA, Qatar – Jamaican athletes made steady progress on Friday’s (27 Sept) opening day at the 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.

In the men’s 100m heats, Yohan Blake was easy in qualifying for Saturday’s semi-final. The 2011 champion bounced across the line in 10.07s ahead of Jimmy Vicaut of France, 10.08.

Tyquendo Tracey, who ran 10.21 for fourth in his heat, squeezed into the semi-finals.

Barbadian Mario Burke, 10.31s, Cejhae Green of Antigua, 10.33s, and Hakeem Huggins of St. Kitts and Nevis, 10.62, failed to make progress.

Natoya Goule won her heat of the women’s 800m. She led from the start and covered 400m in 59.99. Goule finished comfortably in 2:01.01.

American Ce’Aira Brown clocked 2:01.14 in the second spot while Noelie Yarigo took the third and final automatic qualifying spot in 2:01.19.

Kyron McMaster of British Virgin Islands was easy in taking victory in heat 2 of the men’s 400m hurdles in 49.60.
Jamaica’s Kemar Mowatt ran 49.63 but had to settle for fourth in heat 1, which went to Karsten Warholm of Norway in 49.27.

Homeboy Abderrahman Samba, 49.08, and Antiguan-born American Rai Benjamin, 49.62, are also in the semi-finals of the event, which many experts believe will produce a world record.
American Kevin Young is the world record holder with 46.78 while Warholm ran 46.92 for the world-leading time in August.

Samba’s personal best is 46.98 and Benjamin’s own is 46.98.

Tajay Gayle, in the men’s long jump, just made the final with 7.89m. Seven other jumpers got to 8.00m or better, but Cuban Juan Miguel Echevarría stamped with class with 8.40m.

St. Lucian Levern Spencer narrowly missed out in the women’s high jump. She could only manage to clear 1.92m, the same as four other qualified jumpers, who have made the final.

Bahamian twins Latario Collie-Minns, 16.26m and Lathone, 15.89m, along with Jamaica’s Jordan Scott, 14.73m, all failed to make the gold medal round.

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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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