Bajans give good show
athletes move on to semis
Barbadian athletes had their best showing so far on Day Four at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, today.
100 metres hurdlers Shakera Hall and Sade Mariah Greenidge, as well as 800 metres specialist Anthonio Mascoll, all advanced to the semi-final rounds after creditable performances in their respective events.
Running out of lane 9 in the first heat Hall finished fifth with a time of 13.80 seconds. The heat was won by Germany’s Franziska Hofmann in 13.42, with the USA’s Dior Hall second in 13.45 and Jamaica’s Samantha Scarlett third in 13.62.
The first three of each heat advances in addition to the six fastest times.Greenidge won heat five running out of lane 5 in a time of 13.63 seconds. She finished ahead of Canada’s Deshaunda Morrison (13.83) and Poland’s Karolina Koleczek (13.88).
The fastest qualifier coming out of the heats was Switzerland’s Noemi Zbaren who clocked 13.34 seconds in heat four.†
Mascoll, running in lane two, clocked 1.49.31 to finish third in heat two. His heat was won by world leader Nijel Amos of Botswana in 1.48.31. The fastest to advance to the next round of the 80 metres was Qatar’s Jamal Hairane who clocked a personal best of 1.47. 61 to win heat 3.
In other action Kenya continued its domination of the 3 000 metres steeplechase. Ever since the event was added to the championships’ schedule in 1988 Kenya has won the gold medal and expectations are that on Sunday either Gilbert Kirui or Conselus Kipruto will continue the tradition.
Today Kirui set the ball rolling giving it about a lap before hitting the front and proceeding to motor around his seven-and-half laps of the stadium to win in a time of 8:26.58. Morocco’s Hicham Sigueni was a distant second behind him in 8:37.94 with Meresa Kahsay on his tail earning the Ethiopian a personal best of 8:38.01.
Kipruto tipped as favourite took his qualifier in an even faster time of 8:19.46. Eritrea’s Weynay Ghebresilasie was well behind him crossing the line with a mark of 8:37.01 while Jaouad Chemlal from Morocco followed behind in a time of 8:41.05. (WG)†††