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Bryan Levell advance in 200m at World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya.

Ackera Nugent, Vashaun Vascianna and Bryan Levell led Jamaican qualifiers on Friday’s (20 Aug) opening session at the World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya.

So far, Jamaica has only won one gold, thanks to Tina Clayon’s personal best effort of 11.09 in the women’s 100m on Thursday (19 Aug).

Nugent, one of the future stars of the World Athletics U20 Championships, made light work of heat two to win in 13.35 and secured her place in the semi-finals.

Jamaica’s other entrance, Oneka Wilson, top heat five in 13.36 and advanced to the next round.

In the boys’ high hurdles, Jamaica’s lone competitor Vashaun Vascianna ran a season-best 13.37 to win heat 2. He qualified as the second-fastest behind Sasha Zhoya of France, 13.12.

Vascianna commented: “It was good, knowing that I didn’t really use up my energy but still went ahead to win. It was a calm race. The altitude here is really taking a toll on me, but I am trying to get used to it.”

More known for her high jump capabilities, Shantae Foreman qualified for the women’s long jump final with 6.27m. She has the fourth-best leap going into the final, behind Indian Shaili Singh, 6.40m, Maja Askag of Sweden, 6.39m and Brazilian Lissandra Maysa Campos, 6.36m.

In the half-lap events, Jamaica will feature big in the semi-final round.

Brianna Lyston, in her World Athletics U20 Championships, ran a personal best 23.18 to take the top spot in heat four to advance. Aaliyah Francis is the other Jamaican qualifier with 24.06.

Lyston spoke of her first-round performance. “To be honest, it was not the plan to come out here and run a personal best in the heats, but all the same, I am glad that I did. I believe I have more energy for the other upcoming races.”

In the women’s discus final, Cedricka Williams threw 48.65 for seventh place. Violetta Ignatyeva, authorised neutral athlete (ANA), won the event with 57.84m.

Bryan Levell, who false-started in the 100m semi-finals, returned with 20.90 to top his 200m heats. His teammate, Gregory Prince, finished eighth in heat two and failed to make it.
Bahamian Wendell Miller was the winner of heat two in 20.72.

Levell said: “I was not running too hard because I still have the semis later today, the most important thing was to qualify, and I am glad it’s so far going as planned.”

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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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