Sheniqua finishes third in opening heat in 11.33
Guardian Sports Editor
Published: Aug 12, 2013
MOSCOW, Russia – Can the third time be the charm for Sheniqua ‘Q’ Ferguson?
For the third straight year, Sheniqua ‘Q’ Ferguson was matched up against American Carmelita Jeter in the opening round of a major international championships, and for the third straight year Ferguson advanced out of the opening round.
However, in each of those three years she failed to make the final, also coming up short at the 2009 Berlin World Championships. Back for her third crack at it at the world championships level, Ferguson is hoping that now is her time.
After getting off to a blazing start, she ran a time of 11.33 seconds yesterday to finish third in her heat behind Jeter and Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast, to easily qualify for tonight’s semi-finals. The top three in each heat, and the next six fastest times qualified for the semi-finals, and Ferguson finished third in her heat and had the 19th fastest time overall.
“I feel real good. My coach and I were really working on my start and I’m glad that I got it together today. Now I just have to go and fix some other stuff to get ready for the next round,” said Ferguson. “This is the third year in a row that I got (Carmelita) Jeter in the first round. I wasn’t really nervous because I’ve competed against her quite a few times.
“The plan was just to go out there and execute my race. It’s a good confidence booster for me. I see where I’m at, so now I just have to go and focus on some other stuff.”
To say that Ferguson really got out there yesterday would be an understatement. She had the fastest start in the field by far, and was still ahead at the 60m mark. However, she knows that she will have to run even better if she has any hopes of advancing to the final of these 14th International Association of Athletic Federations’ (IAAF) World Championships here in Moscow, Russia.
Ferguson will run out of heat nine in the third of three semi-final heats tonight. The semis get underway at 7:35 p.m. here in Moscow, 11:35 a.m. back in The Bahamas. The final will be contested at 9:50 p.m. tonight.
“Making it to the final is something that I really want to happen. It’s something that I’m working hard toward,” said Ferguson. “I think that the main thing for me is just to execute the race that I know I can put together. In practice, I worked on some stuff and everything is right there. I think that it could happen. It’s just a matter of me staying focused and executing.”
Ferguson has a season’s best time of 11.18 seconds which she ran at the BTC National Open Track and Field Championships in Freeport, Grand Bahama, in June for the national title, and a lifetime best of 11.07 seconds. She might have to match that personal best time or go even faster in the semis, in order to make her first major meet final.
Ferguson will be lined up against Jamaicans Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce and Kerron Stewart, the gold and silver medalists from four years ago, in the semis. Also in her semi-final heat are top runners, Alexandria Anderson, from the United States, and Ivet Lalova, from Bulgaria. All four have run faster than Ferguson this year, so there’s no doubt that Ferguson would have to really get out there and run.
She was the fastest out of the blocks yesterday, but Jeter and Ahoure caught up with her in the last 20 meters of the race and ran past her. She would have to do the same thing in the semis tonight to have any shot of advancing to the final, but this time push strong through the tape.
Ferguson feels relaxed, and is confident that she could get the job done.