Ackera Nugent wins big at Big 12 Championships
Ackera Nugent wins big at Big 12 Championships

Jamaican Ackera Nugent equalled the world U20 60m hurdles record on Friday (26 Feb) at the Big 12 Championships in Texas, USA.

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Ackera Nugent

Nugent, who is in her first year at Baylor University, sizzled to 7.91s, the same time American Grace Stark ran for the world mark in 2020. Nugent’s previous best was 8.08s.

However, Stark, who also ran 7.93 the day before, is yet to have any of her times ratified by World Athletics.

Klaudia Siciarz of Poland, according to World Athletics, is the official record holder with 8.00s. She achieved the mark in 2017.

Tara Davis of Texas Longhorn finished a distant second behind Nugent in 8.22.

Gabrielle McDonald, the other Jamaican in the event, booked her place in the final with 8.20.

Kevona Davis won heat two of the women’s 60m dash. She ran 7.31 to beat Demitra Carter of Baylor, 7.51.
Davis’ Texas Longhorn teammate Kynnedy Flannel leads the qualifiers with 7.23.

Former Edwin Allen star Davis will also qualify for the women’s 200m. She ran 23.20 to win her section.
Flannel again leads the field with 22.79.

Jamaicans Stacey-Ann Williams and Kavia Francis qualified for the women’s 400m final. Williams, representing Texas Longhorn, won heat four in 52.74, and Francis finished second in heat three in 53.62.

Longhorn’s Kennedy Simon is the fastest qualifier with 52.36.

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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.