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Only three of 10 Jamaicans entered individual events on the opening day of the World Athletics U20 Championships Cali22 made progress.
Jamaica’s mixed 4x400m relay quartet of Jasauna Dennis, Abigail Campbell, Malachi Johnson and Alliah Baker also advanced with 3:19.74secs. Team USA is the team to beat with their 3:18.65 championship record.
In the men’s 100m, Sandrey Davison and Bouwahjgie Nkrumie booked their places in Tuesday’s semi-finals. Davison eased to 10.26 seconds to win heat four comfortably, and Nkrumie won his heat efficiently in 10.39 seconds.
Kobe Lawrence is the only Jamaican to qualify for a field event final on Monday’s opening day. He is the second-best qualifier after putting the shot out to 19.85 meters. German Tizian Noah Lauria leads the way with the only mark over 20 meters, 20.15m.
Christopher Young, Jamaica’s other entrance, did not make it with his 18.13m.
Rushane Dwyer failed to pass the first round of the women’s 800m, running 2:14.23 in heat 5, which Australian Claudia Hollingsworth won in 2:08.21.
American Juliette Whittaker led the qualifiers with 2:04.92.
Britannia Johnson missed out on a place among the top 12 shot putters. Her mark of 14.44m was just not enough to get her into the final.
Antoine Andrews ran a new Bahamian record of 13.36, the day’s second fastest time, in the men’s 110m hurdles. Matthew Sophia of the Netherland leads the qualifiers with a world U20 leading 13.10secs.
Jamaicans Dishaun Lamb, 13.69 and Demario Prince, 13.80, also advanced to the semi-finals.
Grenadian Issiah Patrick, who set a new National U20 record of 13.98, is also in the semi-finals.
The two Jamaicans in the women’s discus, Cedricka Williams, 46.20m and Abigail Martin, 38.89, also failed by finishing 18th and 28th, respectively.
Lalenii Grant of Trinidad and Tobago also made an early exit with her 49.09m throw.