Jamaican 400m hurdlers make progress on day 2 of the World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya.

In the women’s event, Gabriel White topped heat 2 in 58.65, and Moseiha Bridgen finished second in heat 3, running 58.88, to book their spots in the final.

Heidi Salminen of Finland leads the field into the final with a personal-best 58.12. Canadian Savannah Sutherland is the second fastest with 58.45.

On the men’s side, Roshawn Clarke recorded the second-fastest opening round time of 50.93, a personal best effort.

Clarke commented: “It was a good race because I felt comfortable throughout. My goal is to make it to the finals, and I promise to win a medal.”

Clarke’s teammate, Devontie Archer, also won his heat (4) in 52.17. Both are into the semi-finals of the one-lap obstacle event.

Archer commented: “I’m feeling splendid. My strategy in this race was to run from the front so that I don’t use a lot of energy because we have a semi-final and final. I like the climate here, and if it remains like this, I will make it to the finals.”

Chevonne Hall qualified for the semi-finals of the men’s 800m. He ran 1:49.47 to finish third in heat two and secured an automatic spot in the next round.

Kenyan pair of Emmanuel Wanyonyi, 1:46.51 and Noah Kibet, 1:46.70 are the fastest from the first 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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