EUGENE, Oregon (July 18) — Results from the women’s 200 meters first-round heats on Day 4 at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 here at Hayward Field on Monday (18) as Shericka Jackson, Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Abby Steiner all advanced to the semi-finals.
World leader Jackson clocked 22.33 seconds to win the first heat of the event, with her compatriots, Fraser-Pryce, the 100m champion on Sunday night running 22.26, and Olympic champion Thompson-Herah (22.41) joining her in the semis.
American champion Steiner won the fifth heat in 22.26 secs, Beatrice Masilingi of Namibia was the winner of the second heat in 22.27, while Aminatou Seyni was the quickest of all the qualifiers when running a Niger national record of 21.98 secs when finishing ahead of Fraser-Pryce in the third heat.
The other heat winners were Tamara Clark of the USA with 22.27 secs and Nigeria’s Favour Ofili, at 22.24.
In the men’s 200m, Rasheed Dwyer, 20.26 and Yohan Blake, 20.35, advanced to the semi-finals.
Defending world champion Noah Lyles ran 19.98 seconds to advance with the fastest time heading into the semi-finals.
The American said he’s looking forward to the well-anticipated battle with fellow countryman and world leader Erriyon Knighton, who also won his first-round heat in 20.01 seconds.
“I am just coming out here to have fun,” Lyles, who said he’s been having the “jitters” in the buildup to the championships.
“I know he (Knighton) went back to the lab and gotten faster, and so did I.”
Alexander Ogando of the Dominican Republic clocked a national record of 20.01 seconds to win his heat ahead of USA’s Olympic silver medalist Kenny Bednarek who ran 20.35.
Elsewhere, NCAA champion Joe Fahnbulleh (20.12) of Liberia, Jereem Richards (20.35) of Trinidad and Tobago, world 100m champion Fred Kerley (20.17) of USA, and Filippo Tortu (20.18) of Italy were the other heat winners.
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