Five Jamaican athletes advance to respective finals on day four of World Athletics Championship

(Antonio Watson winning his heat of the men’s 400 metres clocking 44.13 in Budapest)

On a day when no medals were up for grabs for Jamaica, five of seven of the nation’s athletes made progress to the finals of their respective events on day four of the World Athletics Championship in Budapest Hungary.

2017 world youth champion Antonio Watson ran a massive new personal best to book his spot in the final of the men’s 400 meters winning his semi final in 44.13 seconds .

National champion Sean Bailey booked his spot after a runner up spot in semi final three in 44.94 – however Adrian Barnes failed to make progress after placing sixth in semi final two 45.38

Meanwhile, 2019 bronze medalist Ruschelle Clayton, Andrenette Knight and Janieve Russell all booked their spots to the final of the women’s 400 meters hurdles.

Clayton was most impressive winning semi final one in a personal best 53.30 seconds – Knight took second spot in semi final two in 53.72 seconds behind world number one Femke Bol of the Netherlands 52.95 while Russell took a non automatic spot in the final after placing third in semi final three in 53.69 seconds behind race winner Shamier Little of the united states in a season’s best 52.81 seconds.

Earlier all three Jamaican female competitors made progress to the semi-final of the women’s 100 meters hurdles. 

Olympic bronze medalist Megan Tapper was the quickest of all three when she clocked 12.44 seconds to finish second in heat five behind defending champion and world record holder Tobi Amusan of Nigeria. 

2019 World Champion Danielle Williams was a third place finisher in heat three where she ran a season best 12.51 seconds, while Akera Nugent won heat one clocking a season best 12.60 seconds.


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