Mixed fortunes for Jamaica, T&T athletes ahead of 200 semifinals

By September 30, 2019
Elaine Thompson of Jamaica in a women's 200 meter heat at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. Elaine Thompson of Jamaica in a women's 200 meter heat at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty

Trinidad and Tobago’s Kamaria Durant was the only athlete from the twin-sdland republic to make the semi-finals of the Women’s 200 metres after a day of mixed fortunes for the Caribbean.

In the meantime, Antonique Strachan of the Bahamas qualified for the final, winning Heat one in 22.86 seconds to finish ahead of Durant, 23.08, and Jamaica’s Sashalee Forbes, 23.15.

Jamaica’s biggest hope for a gold medal, 100-metre fourth-place finisher, Elaine Thompson, was not a winner but looked comfortable enough in qualifying second in 22.61 seconds. The United States’ Brittany Brown, with a personal best of 22.33, won the heat.

All eyes though, have been on Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith. Second in the 100 on Sunday, Asher-Smith is a much better 200-metre runner and with a personal best of 21.89, is favourite to take this event.

She looked very good in qualifying, winning her heat in 22.32 seconds, easily outdoing the United States’ Dezerea Bryant, 22.56, and the season’s best 22.57 from the Bahamas’ Tynia Gaither.

Unfortunately for Jamaica, Schillonie Calvert-Powell, running in heat six, found the going too tough and faded to 23.52 and seventh place.

Also out from the Caribbean is T&T’s Mauricia Prieto, who finished sixth in heat 2 with a time of 23.33 seconds.

Paul-Andre Walker

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