Coakley makes second semi-final at World Youth
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Jul 12, 2013
Xavier Coakley was the only Bahamian, competing on the track, to move on to the semi-finals yesterday while LaQuan Nairn booked his spot in the final of the men’s high jump event.
The two junior athletes led the way for Team Bahamas at the 8th International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Youth Championships, taking place in Donetsk, Ukraine. Coakley, the sole Bahamian competitor in the morning session, ran out of the second heat in the preliminary rounds of the 110m hurdles. His time of 14.05 seconds placed him fifth overall. The first three and the next six fastest times moved on to the semi-finals set for today. Coakley will line-up in heat three, lane two in the semis.
In the qualifying rounds of the boys high jump, Nairn soared 2.09m (6’ 10-1/4”) to advance to the final.
Janeko Cartwright clocked 49.23 seconds in the semi-finals of the boys 400 meters (m) but was unable to advance to the final of the event. He finished third in the second semi-final heat yesterday. The winning time in that heat was 46.65 seconds, a performance turned in by Martin Manley of Jamaica.
The final of the girls’ 100m was ran late yesterday evening, but Bahamian Jenae Ambrose was not a part of it as she ran 12.02 seconds in the semi-finals, failing to advance. Ambrose ran out of the first semi-final heat and placed seventh. Americans Ky Westbrook and Ariana Washington, who crossed the finish line in 11.33 seconds and 11.40 seconds respectively, captured the gold and silver medals. Angela Tenorio was third in 11.41 seconds.
Coakley also ran the semi-finals of the 400m hurdles yesterday and placed sixth in his semi-final heat. His time was 53.78 seconds which was not good enough to get him into the final.
The 200m will run today in both divisions. Settling into the blocks for the boys, in lane three, is Ian Kerr who has a season’s best time of 21.30 seconds. Cartwright is in heat six, lane five. His season’s best time is 21.31 seconds. Loushanya Neymour is in lane eight, with her season’s best time of 25.18 seconds. Ambrose will run out of lane four in her heat.
In the triple jump event, Kaiwan Culmer will be the 14th jumper to make an approach to the board. He is in Group B.