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Three Bahamians through to the semis at World Youth

Cartwright easily wins his heat; Coakley, Ambrose finish second in their heats
  • POWERING THROUGH: Janeko Cartwright won his opening round heat of the Boys 400m at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine yesterday, as he posted a time of 47.25 seconds. He will run in the semis today. TNG SPORTS PHOTO

Guardian Sports Editor

Published: Jul 11, 2013

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The eighth International Association of Athletic Federations’ (IAAF) World Youth Championships are underway, and already a trio of Bahamians are on to the next round in their respective events.

Up-and-coming quarter-miler Janeko Cartwright got off to a strong start as he came within a tenth of a second of setting a new personal best time in the Boys 400 meters (m). Cartwright comfortably won his heat in 47.25 seconds, qualifying with the seventh fastest time going into today’s semi-finals. Cartwright will run out of lane three in the second of three semi-final heats this evening at the RSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Donetsk, Ukraine. Only the top two finishers, and the next two fastest times will move on to the final.

The other Bahamian in the Boys 400m, Kinard Rolle, failed to move on after turning in a time of 49.51 seconds for sixth in his heat. The fastest qualifying time for the semis was turned in by American Ryan Clark. He rounded the track in a personal best time of 46.84 seconds.

The only other Bahamian male to advance yesterday was Xavier Coakley. Coakley finished second in his heat of the Boys 400m hurdles, in 54.11 seconds. He still has a lot of work to do as he will go into the semis with the 22nd fastest time out of 24 competitors. Coakley will run out of lane seven in the first of three semi-final heats this evening. The other Bahamian in that event, D’Mitry Charlton, could only muster a time of 56.09 seconds for fifth in his opening round heat. He failed to move on.

In the Boys 100m, both Ian Kerr and Keanu Pennerman failed to get out of their opening round heats. They both finished third in their respective heat, but failed to move on as only the top two finishers advanced. Kerr turned in a time of 11.04 seconds and Pennerman finished in 11.21 seconds.

In the Boys Long Jump, LaQuan Nairn just missed out on a spot in the top 12 as he finished 13th overall, with a best leap of 7.33m (24’ 0-3/4”). The automatic qualifying distance for the final was 7.35m (24’ 1-1/2”), a distance that was matched by the 12th best jumper yesterday, Henry Smith of Australia. Nairn jumped 7.40m to win the gold medal at CARIFTA this year, but was unable to get into the event’s final yesterday in Donetsk. He will compete in the high jump today.

The only Bahamian female to get out of the opening round of her event yesterday was Jenae Ambrose in the Girls 100m. Ambrose finished second in her heat in 11.99 seconds to move on to today’s semi-finals. She qualified with the 16th fastest time, and will run out of lane eight in the first of three semi-final heats today. The fastest qualifier for the semis was American Ariana Washington, as she posted a time of 11.52 seconds. The other Bahamian female in the 100m, Makeya White, was fifth in her heat in 12.61 seconds and failed to move on.

The Bahamas’ sole competitor in the Girls 400m, Kadeisha Hield, was eliminated after finishing sixth in her opening round heat, in 57.63 seconds.

Also yesterday, both Bahamian female long hurdlers Talia Thompson and Mesha Newbold failed to get out of the opening round of their events after posting times of 1:04.43 and 1:05.72 respectively. Thompson was seventh in her heat, and Newbold finished sixth in hers.

A number of Bahamians will be in action today.

Brashae Wood will be the 14th thrower in Group ‘A’ of the Girls Shot Put, looking to make it to the final later this evening, Coakley will run out of lane six in the second of six opening round heats of the Boys 110m hurdles, he will also run in the semis of the Boys 400m hurdles, Nairn will be the ninth jumper in Group ‘A’ of the Boys High Jump, and both Cartwright and Ambrose will compete in the semi-finals of their respective races - Cartwright in the Boys 400m and Ambrose in the Girls 100m.

The final of the Girls 100m is also set for this evening in Donetsk.

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