Clayton Clarke

World Championships Reports
By Clayton Clarke of Trinidad & Tobago
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DAY 1 (15TH AUGUST 2009)


Report#6: Jehue Gordon hurdles 5th on all time junior list.   

17 year old Jehue Gordon (TT) created history at the 2009 World Championships. He entered the heats of the 400m hurdles at the youngest ever competitor and ended the race 48.66 seconds later asthe fastest ever Central American and Caribbean (CAC) junior hurdler. He also reset TT senior record breaking the 49.43 seconds established by Randy Cox in 1987. In addition, he broke his own national junior record of 49.45 seconds.

His latest time is the fifth national junior mark for Gordon. He first ran 51.35 in 2008 when he won the TT national senior title. He went on that year to make the semi-finals of the World Junior Championships in Poland. In 2009, he continued his record breaking run setting a new mark of 50.63 seconds at the Tobago Falcons Games on April, then one week later clocked 50.01 to take the gold at the Junior Carifta Games in St. Lucia (he also won the 110m Hurdles in 13.86 and anchored the TT mile relay team to gold in 3:10:20). Gordon then took clocked dipped under 50 seconds for the first time clocking 49.45 to take bronze at the 2009 CAC senior championships in Havana, Cuba in July. His time of 48.66 now ranks him as the fifth best junior 400m hurdler on the all time junior list:

400 Metres Hurdles Men - Junior All time

48.02 Danny Harris USA 17/06/1984
48.51 Kerron Clement USA 16/07/2004

48.52 Johnny Dutch USA     39/.6/2008
48.62 Brandon Johnson USA 16/07/2004
48.66 Jehue Gordon     TRI 15/08/2009
48.68 Bayano Kamani USA 04/06/1999
48.72 Angelo Taylor USA 06/06/1997
48.74 Vladimir Budko URS 18/08/1984
48.76 A Llewellyn Herbert RSA 08/04/1996
48.89 L.J. van Zyl RSA 19/07/2002
48.94 Ibrahim Al-Hamaidi KSA 16/07/2004




Report #5: Phillips and Culson among five regional athletes into the 400m H semis.

Isa Phillips (JAM) and Javier Culson(PUR) won their heats in the preliminaries of the men’s 400m hurdles. Phillips took the first race in 48.99 seconds running from lane eight. He came into the home stretch with a slight lead and maintained it to win ahead of Periklis  Iakovakis (GRE) who was second in 49.12 seconds.  Culson clocked 49.27 seconds to take the second heat.

Running from lane one Culson made up the stagger on the 2005 World champion Bershawn Jackson (US) and won from Jackson(49.34).  Danny McFarlane (JAM) was runner up to the defending champion Kerron Clement (US) in heat three.  Mc Farlane ran 48.65 behind Clement’s 48.39, the fastest of the day, with Jehue Gordon(TT) 48.66 in third, (2001 and 2003 champion) Felix Sanchez (DOM REP) 48.76 in fourth and Cuban Omar Cisneros(49.27) fifth, all of whom qualified for tomorrow(Sunday’s) semifinals.

Gordon, 17 years, ran a new world age 17 best and also set a new national senior record.

Non qualifiers:

Heat two: Josef Robertson(JAM) dq

Heat three: 7th Jonathan Williams(BIZ)  52.4

Report#4:  Powell runs the fastest time in the quarter-final finals
Saturday 15th August 2009

Asafa Powell (JAM) clocked the first sub-10clocking of the championships when he sped to 9.95 seconds in winning his quarter final heat. The time is the fastest time of meet so far. Powell won the third heat as he ran out of lane one to beat Darvis Patton (US) 10.05  and Marc Burns (TT) 10.12.   Powell got out well and took an early lead which he maintained to the finish. Former world champion Kim Collins (SKN) was fourth in 10.20 seconds and did not qualify for the semifinals.


Daniel Bailey (ANT) recorded an “upset” as he beat the in-form Usain Bolt (JAM) in heat five 10.02 to 10.03.  Bailey and Bolt had good starts with Bolt taking the early lead.  Both athletes eased up in the final metres of the race with Bailey just finished ahead of his training partner. Churandy Martina (AHO)  4th in 10.19 and Emmanuel Callender (TT)  7th in 10.27 were eliminated.


Richard Thompson (TT) and Michael Frater (JAM) were second in their heats.  Thompson clocked 10.08 seconds  to finish behind Dwain Chambers (GBR) in heat one. Andre Harris(GUY) finished in a non-qualifying fifth  in 10.39 seconds while Frater was second in 10.09 behind the defending champion Tyson Gay (US) 9.98 in the fourth heat. Andrew Hinds (BAR) 4th 10.23 and Adrian Griffith (BAH) 5th 10.28 did not advance to the semifinals.


The semifinals carded for 1:10 pm (EC) with the finals to be run at 3:35 pm.

Report # 3:  Russia takes the first gold at 2009 World Champs.
Valeriy Borchin of Russia won the first gold medal of the 12th IAAF World Athletic Championships when he won the men’s 20 metres walk. Borchin clocked 1hour 18 minutes and 41 seconds to add the world title to the Olympic crown he won in Beijing last year. The 22 year old beat Hao Wang of China who finished in 1 hour 19 minutes and 6 seconds with Eder Sanchez of Mexico taking the bronze in 1 hour 19 minutes and 22 seconds.
The results:
1  Valeriy Borchin  RUS 1:18:41  
2  Hao Wang CHN 1:19:06  (PB)
3  Eder Sánchez MEX 1:19:22  (SB)
4  Giorgio Rubino ITA 1:19:50  
5  Luis López COL 1:20:03  (NR)
6  Jared Tallent AUS 1:20:27  
7  Erik Tysse NOR 1:20:38  
8  Jesús Sánchez MEX 1:20:52  (PB)

Report # 2:  Defending champion Savigne and 2005 champ Smith into the women’s TJ finals  -  Saturday 15th August 2009

Reiging world championYargeris Savignes(CUB) and 2005 champion Trecia Smith(JAM) advanced to the finals of the women’s triple jump. In the qualifications round earlier today jumped to 14.53m to top group A  and finish jointed- second overall with team mate Mabel Gay.

Smith leaped to 14.21 metres to finish fifth in group B and tenth overall over. The top 12 qualifers will contest the finals on Monday 17th August at 2:00pm (EC).

Kimberlee William(JAM) and Patricia Sylvester(GRN) did not make it to the finals.  Williams, the 2009 NCAA double champion at the long and triple jumps, recorded a best jump of 14.08 metres to end up 15th overall while Sylvester reached to 13.22 meters and finished  33rd.

In the women’s 400m heats, 2007 world bronze medallist Noveline Williams-Mills and Beijing silver medallist Shericka Williams both of Jamaica are among seven Caribbean runners who made it thorough to the semifinals.  Williams-Mills won heats two in 51.55 seconds with Kineke Alexander (VIN) also advancing, finishing fourth in 52.44 seconds.
Sherika Williams was second in the third heat running 51.23seconds. Indira Terrero (CUB) 51.98, Tiandra Ponteen(SKN) 52.54  and Christine Day  53.13 all advanced from heat one finished in third, fourth and fifth respectively. Alian Pompey(GUY)  was the final Caribbean qualifier when she finished third in heat five clocking  51.38 seconds. 

Non qualifiers
Heat five:  6th Trish Bartholomew (GRN) 54.89 seconds.
Heat four: DQ Christine Amertil (BAH).

The semifinals of the women’s 400m are carded for  Sunday 17th at 1:40pm 9EC).

Report # 1:  Caribbean athletes into the quarters of the men’s 100m
Saturday 15th August, 2009.

Twelve Caribbean athletes advance to the quarterfinals of the men’s 100m at the 12th IAAF World Championships of Athletics which began in Berlin Germany earlier today.
Leading the way are the race favourite, Usain Bolt of Jamaica, teammate Michael Frater, Richard Thompson (TT), Daniel Bailey (ANT) and Andrew Hinds(BAR) who won their heats as regional sprinters took five of the twelve first round heats.  
Bolt, theThe triple Olympic champion won heat 9 in 10.20 seconds with Frater taking the first heat in 10.20 seconds.  Bailey topped the fifth heat in 10.26 seconds while Hinds was the winner in heat seven in 10.30 seconds.  2003 World champion Kim Collins(SKN) was second in heat 12 clocking 10.28 seconds to finish behind defending champion Tyson Gay (US). 
Marc Burns and Emmanuel Callender (both of TT) were runner up in their prelims.  Burns ran 10.39 in heat six while Callender crossed the line in 10.21 seconds in heat eight.
Adrian Griffith (BAH) and Adam Harris(GUY) ran third in their heats. 
Griffith clocked 10.37 seconds in heat one behind Bailey while Harris was third to the finish in the twelve and final heat running 10.35 seconds.
Defending silver Derick Atkins (BAH) did not make it through the heats.  He finished fifth in heat three in 10.44 seconds. 
Other Caribbean non-qualifiers are:
Heat five   5th Adrian Durant (ISV) 10.46
Heat seven 7th Denvil Ruan (AIA) 11.31
Heat eleven 4th Kemar Hyman(CAY)10.59
5th Carlos Jorge (DOM REP) 10.73
Heat twelve  4th Ramon Gittens (BAR) 10.47

DAY 2 (16TH AUGUST 2009)


Olympic champion Usain Bolt(JAM) set a new world record of 9.58 seconds in winning the men’s 100 m final.  Bolt broke his previous mark of 9.69 he set in winning the Olympic title exactly one year ago in Beijing, China. Bolt beat the defending champion Tyson Gay (US) who set a new American record of 9.71with the former record holder Asafa Powell taking the bronze in 9.84 seconds.

Daniel Bailey (ANT) was fourth in 9.93 seconds, the same time as fifth place Richard Thompson (TRI). Dwain Chambers (GBR) was sixth in 10.00 seconds with Marc Burns(TRI) also in 10.00 seconds as Caribbean athletes occupied five of the eight finalists.

Report #15: Cubans Gonzalez 8th and Vargas 9th in Women’s Shot Putt final

Misleydis Gonzalez(CUB) finished 8th in the women’s shot putt finals. Gonzalez(2004 Olympic champion) has a best throw of 18.74metres which she made in the fifth round of the competition. She finished one place ahead of her team-mate Mailin Vargas who put the iron ball 18.64 meters  on her first throw.

Valarie Villi(NZL) won back to back title when she took the gold with a best throw of  20.44 metres with Nadine Kleinert(GER) in second (20.20) and Lijiao Gong(CHN) 19.89.

Report #14: Sanchez goes after title no.3 in men’s 400m Hurdles.

Two time champion Felix Sanchez(DOM REP) will go after this third world title after he finished second in the first semi clocking 48.34 seconds. The 2001 and 2003 winner was beaten to the line by the defending champion Kerron Clement(US) who won in 48.00. Caribbean runners occupied the three spots as Javier Culson(PUR) was third(48.43) Danny Mc Farlene fourth (JAM) 48.49 and Jehue Gordon(TRI) 48.77.  All qualified for Tuesday(18th)2:50pm EC finals.  Isa Phillips(JAM) finished fourth in the second semi in 49.83 seconds but did not make into the top eight. Phillips took an early lead in the race but was passed by the winner, Bershawn Jackson(US), who took the race in 48.23 seconds.

Gordon at 17yrs became the youngest ever finalist in the 400m hurdles at a World championships while Mc Farlane at 37 yrs is the oldest ever 400m hurdles World championship finalist beating the old mark of 35 he set in finishing fifth in Osaka Japan two years ago.

The finals take place on Tuesday 18th 1:25pm EC

Report #13: Novlene Williams-Mills and Sherika Williams top semis in women’s  400 semis.

2007 World bronze meallidst Novlene Williams-Mills(JAM)  booked her lane in finals of the women’s 400m  when she won the first semis in 49.88 second.  Williams-Mills set a new season’s best.  Compatriot and Olympic 400m silver medalist Sherika Williams(JAM) ran personal best to take the second semi clocking 49.51 seconds and qualify for Wednesday’s final.  Failing to make it to the finals were Indira  Terrero (CUB)  who finished  fourth in the second semi in  51.87 with Tiandra Ponteen (SKN) in seventh 53.22 with Christine Day(JAM) in eighth in 53.46.

Report#12: Bolt and Powell lead five Caribbean sprinters in the finals of the men’s 100m finals.

 World record holder Usain Bolt(JAM) recorded the fastest time in the semifinals as he sped to 9.89 seconds in the first heat ahead of  Daniel Bailey (ANT) 9.96 seconds  and  Marc Burns (TRI) who was fourth( 10.01). In the second semifinals, Asafa Powell(JAM) was second in 9.95 seconds to the defending champion Tyson Gay(USA) 9.93 seconds and ahead of   Richard Thompson(TRI) 9.98  seconds. Powell’s teammate Michael Frater was fifth in 10.14 seconds and was eliminated.

Report#11:Sands, Girat and Copello  qualify for Men TJ finals.

Olympic bronze medallist Leevan Sands and Cubans Arnie David Girat and Alex Copello qualified for the finals of the men’s triple jump. Sands jumped 17.20 metres to qualify automatically, bettering the required standard of 17.15 meters. Girat achieved the standard when he leaped to exactly 17.15 metres.  Copello made it into the finals with a best jump of 16.99 meters getting in as one of the top twelve.

Randy Lewis (GRN) did not qualify for the finals as he could only jump 16.73 meters. Yoandris Bentanzoz(CUB)  16.77, Julian Reid(JAM) 16.49,  and  Samyr Laine(HAI) 16.34 also failed to make it into the finals which will be contested on Tuesday (18th)  at 12:05pm EC.

Report# 10:Kerron Stewart runs the fastest time in the quarterfinal.

Kerron Stewart (JAM) clocked the fastest time (10.92 seconds) in the quarterfinal round as nine Caribbean athletes made it through to the semifinals.  Stewart took the first heat ahead Chandra Sturrup (BAH) 11.06 seconds and Semoy Hackett (TRI) 11.37 seconds all of whom advanced.  So did the defending champion Veronica Campbell-Browne (JAM) who also dipped under 10 seconds running 10.99 seconds as she took the third race ahead of Debbie Ferguson-Mc Kenzie (BAH) 11.08 seconds.  Olympic Champion Shelly Ann Fraser(JAM) finished second in the heat four clocking 11.02 seconds behind Carmelita Jeter(US)  10.94 sec.  Kelly Ann Baptiste (TRI) was third 11.05 seconds.  Aleen Bailey(Jamaica) was runner up in heat two running 11.12 seconds behind  Lauryn Williams(US) 11.06 seconds.  Tahesia Harrigan(IVB) 11.21 was third and Ayanna Hutchinson(TRI) 11.40  fifth, both advancing to the semis.

In Heat four Virgil Hodge (SKN) was fourth in 11.51 seconds and Sheniqua Ferguson(BAH) seventh in  11.59 seconds and did not qualify for the semifinals,


Campbell-Browne and Fraser lead Caribbean charge in women’s 100m second round.

Defending champion Veronica Campbell-Browne(JAM) and Olympic Champion Shelly Ann Fraser(JAM) advanced to the second round of the women’s 100m. Campbell-Browne topped heat 6 clocking 11.34 seconds while Fraser was second in the first heat clocking the same time as the winner Lucimar Aparecida de Moura(BRA) 11.41 seconds.

Fellow Jamaicans Kerron Stewart and Aleen Bailey, Bahamians Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie and Chandra Sturrup, Kelly Ann Baptiste(TRI) all registered victories.  Stewart won the second heat in 11.31seconds with Bailey taking the fifth in 11.29 seconds. Ferguson Mc Kenzie won heat four in 11.26 seconds and Sturrup heat eight in 11.28 seconds.  Baptiste took the nine and final heat in 11.42.

Carmelita Jeters(US)11.22 seconds ran the fastest time with  Ferguson-McKenzie, Sturrup and Bailey the next fastest.


Other qualifiers:

Heat 4: 2nd Virgil Hodge(SKN) 11.47 Q  

Heat5: 4th Ayanna Hutchinson(TT) 11.54 q 

Heat 6: 3rd Semoy Hackett (TT) 11.36 Q

             4th Sheniqua Ferguson(BAH) 11.57q 

Heat7:2nd Tahesia Harrigan(IVB) 11.39 Q



Heat 3: 4th  Carol Rodriguez(PUR) 11.64

Heat 9:4th Courtney Patterson(ISV) 11.88



Report#8: Two-time world champion Menendez goes for third Javelin title


2001 and 2003 champion Olisdielys Menedez(CUB) qualified for her fifth javelin final when she threw 61.94 metres  in the qualifying round.  Menedez will be the region’s lone competitor in the finals as her compatriots Yianelis Ribiaux and Yanet Cruz failed to advance.  Ribiauz threw 57.38 and  Cruz 56.19 to finished 15th and 22nd.


Report#7: Calatayud, St. Clair and Burnett through to the semis

2005 World champion Zulia Calatayud (CUB) began her quest for  second world title by winning the fifth heat in the women’s 800m preliminaries. Calatayud clocked 2 mins 03.33 seconds ahead of Hasna Benhassi (MAR).  Kenia St. Clair(JAM) was third in heat 5 running 2 mins 04. 52 to finish behind Olympic Champion Pamela Chelimo(KEN) 2.03.50.

Burnett(GUY) ran 2.03.89 to finished fifth in heat 3 and made it through to tomorrow(Monday 17th ) semifinals carded for 1:30 pm EC.

Neisha Bernard-Thomas(GRN) finished 4th in the first head  did not advanced to the semis.  Bernard-Thomas ran 2:04:55.

DAY 3 (17TH AUGUST 2009)


Report #21: Fraser adds World title  to Olympic crown.


Olympic women’s 100m gold medallist Shelly Ann Fraser(JAM) won  the world title in a fast 10.73 seconds. Fraser beat team-mate Kerron Stewart who was 0.02 seconds with Carmelita Jeter (US) taking the bronze in 10.90 with the defending champion Veronica Campbell-Browne just out of the medals in 10.95. 2005 champion Lauryn Williams(US) was fifth(11.01) with the Bahaman pair of Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie and Chandra Sturrup in 6th and 7th both clocking 11.05 with Aleen Bailey in eighth in 11.16. Fraser's win completes a sprint sweep for Jamaica following Usain Bolt world record run on Sunday. 22 year old Fraser became the third fastest woman behind  US’s Florence Griffith Joyner 10.49 and Marion Jones (10.65) and sharing the third spot with Christine Arron(FRA).


 Fraser broke the long-standing Jamaican record of 10.74 seconds set by Merlene Ottey in 1996.


Report #20: Savigne defends triple title in a Cuban one-two finish.

Yargelis Savigne won her second successive world title when leaped to 14.95 metres in the fifth round of the competition.  Savigne, who also the reigning World Indoor champion beat teammate Mabel Gay (14.61m).  Savigne took the lead in the first round jumping 14.45m before Gay took in the next round with 14.50m. Savigne regained the lead with 14.89m in the third round.  Gay, (1999 Youth and 2002 Junior champion) responded with her best jumped of the competition (14.61. Savigne showed her class by 14.85 in the fifth before closing off with her best of the evening (14.95) to win by 34 centimetres.  Her winning jump was the shorting since 1999 when Tsiamita Paraskevi (GRE).

Savigne victory makes up for her disappointment in Beijing when she was fifth(15.05m).  2005 champion Trecia Smith(JAM) was fifth with a season’s best of 14.48m.


Report #19: Calatayud, Burnett and St. Clair eliminated in the women’s 800m semis.


2005 World Champion Zulia Calatayud(CUB) failed to advance to the finals of the women’s 800m when she finished 7th in the first semi running 2 min 01.53 seconds.  Marian Burnett(GUY) was 8th in semi #2 in 2:02:75 while Olympic finalist Kenia St. Clair(JAM) was fifth in heat three in 2:02:31.  The  finals are carded for Wednesday 19th at 3:35 pm EC.



Report #18: Four Jamaicans and two Bahamians into the women’s 100m finals.


Olympic 100m Champion Shelly Ann Fraser clocked the fastest time in semifinals(10.79) as she lead four Jamaicans and two Bahamians into the finals of the women’s 100m.  Running in the first semi, Fraser  beat teammate Kerron Stewart(10.84) and Lauryn Willians(US) 11.01 and Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie(BAH) 11.03.


Defending champion Veronica Campbell-Browne finished second in the second semi clocking 11.00 seconds behind Carmelita Jeter(US) 10.83.  Two- time bronze medallist Chandra Sturrup(BAH) 11.01 and Aleen Bailey Bailey (JAM) 11.16 were next and advanced to the finals as Caribbean athletes take 6 of the 8 final spots.


The TT’s Kelly Ann Baptiste(11.07) and Ayanna Hutchinson(11.58)  was fifth and eighth in the first semi with compatriot Semoy Hackett seventh in the second semi(11.45).



Report #17: Olympic Champion Walker leads three Jamaican wins in heats of 400m Hurdles.


Beijing 400m hurdles champion Melanie Walker(JAM)  won the third heat in 55.17 seconds as her compatriot Kaliese Spencer took the first in 55.12  with yet another Jamaican Nekeisha Williams topping the second in 55.37. Josanne Lucas(TRI) was second behind Spencer running 55.40  as all four are through to the  semifinals tomorrow(Tuesday) at 12:15pm (EC).


Yolanda Osana(DOM REP) was 7th in heat four in 59.18 and did not advance.

The fastest in the heats is world leader Lashinda Demus(US) who ran 54.66 seconds in winning the fifth heat with Angela Morosamu(ROM) clocking the second fastest(54.70) to take the fourth heat.



DAY 4 (18TH  AUGUST 2009)
Report # 31: Culson takes silver in men’s 400m hurdles finals.

Javier Culson (PUR) took silver in the men’s 400m finals in a new national record time of 48.09 seconds.  Running out of lane eight Culson came into final straight in second and maintainted that position to finish behind the Kerron Clement (USA) who won in a world-leading time of 47.91 seconds.  Culson lowered the Puerto Rican for the third time this season.  Taking the bronze was the 2005 champion Bershawn Jackson who finished strongly to grab bronze in 48.23 seconds to just deny 17 year old Jehue Gordon (TRI) a medal.  Gordon was in third with two hurdles to go but Jackson came through at the final hurdle.  Danny McFarlane was fifth in 48.65 with the 2001 and 2003 finishing eighth in 50.11 after hitting the first hurdle.  Gordon finished in fourth in 48.26 seconds and now leaps to second on the all time-junior list behind Danny Harris ( US) 48.02.

Gordon is now the fastest ever 17 year- old beating the previous best time of 48.66 seconds he set in the heats three days earlier.

Report #30: Olympic Champion Walker clocks fastest time in women’s 400m hurdles semifinals.

2008 Olympic Champion Melanie Walker (JAM) goes in the finals of the women’s 400m hurdles finals with the fastest time in the semi.  Running in the first of three semifinal heats, Walker clocked 53.26, a season’s best.  In second was Josanne Lucas (TRI) in 53.98, a national record, and became the first TT woman to make a track final at the World/Olympic level.   Kaliese Spencer made it two wins for Jamaica when she took the second semi in 54.37 ahead of Anastasiya Rabchenyuk (UKR) 54.49.  Spencer’s compatriot and 2007 fourth placer finisher Nikesha Wilson failed to make the top eight this time around finishing third in 54.89 behind Lashina Demus (USA), the 2002 World Junior champion who won in 54.25 and Natalya Antyukh (RUS) 54.86. Tiffany Williams (USA) 54.79 and Angela Morosanu (ROM) 54.15 qualified as the two fastest losers for the finals set to run off at 2:15 pm EC Thursday (20th).

Report # 29: Shericka Williams takes silver in the women’s 400m finals.

Shericka Williams (JAM) won silver in the women’s 400m finals clocking a new personal best time of 49.32 to finish behind winner Sanya Richards (USA).  Richards took the gold in a world leading time of 49.00 seconds.  Williams improved on her previous pb of 49.51 set in the semifinals.  William’s team-mate Novlene Williams-Mills(2007 World bronze medallist) was edged out of the bronze this time by Antonina Krivoshapka (RUS) who was third in 49.71 with Williams-Mills fourth in 47.77.

Report # 28: Menedez finishes seventh in women’s Javelin finals

Former world record holder Olisdeilys Menedez (CUB) finished seventh in the finals of the women’s Javelin.  Menenedez(2001 and 2005 World champion) threw a 63.11 metres in the first round, well behind her best of 71.70 metres set in winning the 2005 title in a then world record.  

Gold:      Steffi Nerius (GER)                       67.30m

Second: Barbora Spotakova (CZH)               66.42m

Bronze:  Maria Abakumova (RUS)                66.06m


Report #27: Bolt cruises into the men’s 200m semifinals.

100m champion Usain Bolt cruised through the quarterfinals of the men’s 200m clocking 20.41 seconds to top the first heat.  Rondel Sorillo (TT) will join Bolt in the semis finishing fifth in 20.58 seconds to make it to the top 16 as one of the fastest losers.  Bolt’s compatriot Steve Mullings won heat three in 20.23 seconds, the fastest time in the second round.  Brendan Christian (ANT) was fourth in 20.58 ahead of Emmanuel Callender (TRI) 20.62, both of whom advanced to the semis. Not advancing was the 2001 World champion bronze medallist Kim Collins (SKN) clocked  20.84 to finish 6th in heat one.  

Report #26: All Caribbean entrants through to the women’s 100m Hurdles semis.

Brigitte Foster-Hylton (JAM) won the fifth heat of the women’s 100m hurdles preliminaries and advanced to the semifinals on Wednesday19th. Foster Hylton(2003 silver and 2005 bronze medallist)  clocked  12.67 seconds to finish  ahead of 2003 champion Perdita Felicien (CAN) 12.77 and Ana Tejada (CUB) 12.82.  Foster- Hylton’s team-mate Dollereen Innis-London was second in the first heat in 12.73 behind the reigning Olympic champion Dawn Harper (USA) who won in 12.70.

Another Jamaica Lacena Golding-Clarke was runner-up in the heat two in 12.90 behind another American Damu Cherry 12.71. Aleesha Barber (TT) advanced to tomorrow (Wednesday 19th) semifinals clocking 13.19 second to  finish 6th and  make it to the next round as one of the fastest losers.

Report #25: Copello snatchess bronze in men’s TJ finals

Alexis Copello (CUB) won the bronze medal in the men’s Triple Jump finals.   Copello took third  spot with  his last jump  of 17.36 metres to deny 2008 Olympic and 2003 World bronze medallist Leevan Sands (BAH) another global medal.  The 24 year Cuban was in seventh place with 17.19 seconds before he unleashed his best jump in the sixth and final round. Sands got his best jump (17.32) in the fifth round  to finish ahead of another Cuban Arnie David  Giralt, the 2002 World Junior Champion, who leaped 17.26 metres on first attempt.  The event was won by Phillip Idowu (GBR) with a personal best of 17.73 metres who dethroned the 2007 champion Nelson Evora (POR).  Evora had to settle for second with 17.55.

Report #24: Browne, Quow, Miller and Henry win in 400m heats.

Bahamians Chris Brown and Ramon Miller registered wins the heats of the men’s 400m. Brown(4th place in 2005 and 2007) topped heat three in 45.53 while Miller clocked  a personal best time of 45.00 to take heat five. Reny Quow( TT) won heat two in 45.21.  Quow(2006 World Junior champion) beat William Collazo(CUB)  45.52. Tabarie Henry (ISV) was the winner in heat seven in 45.14 with fourth Erison Hurtault (DMA) fourth in 45.55seconds.  Ricardo Chambers (JAM) was second in heat six in 45.57 behind the 2005 and 2007 champion Jeremy Wariner (US) 45.54.  All seven regional runners advanced to the semifinals carded for tomorrow(Wednesday 19th) at 12:15pm EC.


Heat two:    5th  Arismendy Pequero (DOM REP)  45.77

                  Dq Michael Matthieu(BAH)


Heat four:    4th Hector Carrasquillo (PUR) 46.11

                  5th Alvin Harrison (DOM REP)  46.67

Heat seven: 7th Rondell Bartholomew (GRN) 46.85 

Report #23: Lavern Spencer failed to make final 12 in women’s HJ qualifiers.

2007 finalist Lavern Spencer(LCA) failed to qualify for the finals of the women’s High Jump.  Spencer,the 2001 World Youth silver medallist, had a best leap of 1.89 meters but did not make the required height of 1.95metres to advance to the finals to be held on Thursday 20th at 1:10 pm EC.

Report #22: Usain Bolt begins quest for sprint double
Usain Bolt (JAM) began his quest for a sprint double by winning his heat in the 200m.  After his scintillating world record run in the 100m earlier this week, Bolt took fifth heat in 20.70 seconds beating Rondell Sorillo(TT) who clocked 20.74 seconds. Bolt’s compatriot Steve Mullings took the third heat in 20.62 seconds with Brendan Christian (ANT) winning heat two in 20.81 seconds. Emmanuel Callender (TT) was third in heat six in 20.81 seconds while Kim Collins (SKN) was fourth in the next heat in  20.83 seconds.  All six advanced to the quarterfinals to be contested 12:55pm EC.


Heat one : 4th  Adam Harris(GUY) 21.28sec

                5th Aaron Armstrong (TRI) 21.38

Heat four:  5th Nathaniel McKinney (BAH) 21.26

                6th Joel Redhead (GRN)  21.37

                8th Andrew Hinds (BAR) 22.60

Heat six:   6th Ramon Gittens (BAR) 21.33

Heat nine: 5th Ramon Mc Kenzie 20.97

                Dns Churandy Martina (AHO)

DAY 9 (23rd AUGUST 2009)

Report #67: Dominican Republic sixth in men’s 4 x 400m finals.

Dominican Republic clocked 3 mins 02.47 seconds to finish sixth in the men’s 4 x 400m finals, the final event of the 12th IAAF World Athletic Championships.  The team of Arismendy Pequero, Yon Soriano, Yoel Tapia and Felix Sanchez finished behind defending champion USA who won in 2:57:86 and Britain (3:00:53) and Australia (3:00:90).

Report #66: Jamaica takes silver in the women’s 4 x 400m finals.

2001 champions Jamaica (Rosemarie Whyte, Novlene Williams-Mills, Sherifa Lloyd and Shericka Williams) took silver in the women’s 4 x 400m finals.  Jamaica, six times medallist, (3rd 1997, 1st 2001, 3rd 2003, 2nd 2005, 2nd 2007) clocked 3 mins 21.15 seconds to finish behind defending champions USA who won in 3:17:83.  Russia was third in 3:21:64. Cuba (Diosmely Pena, Daisurami Bonne, Zulia Calatayud and Indiro Terrero) was eight in 3:36:99.

Report #65: Lopez finishes 10th in men’s 800m finals.

Yeimer Lopez (CUB) was tenth in the men’s 800m finals.  Lopez (6th in Beijing last year) ran 1 min 47.80 seconds to finish behind the field.  The gold was won by Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (RSA) in 1:45:29 to complete a South African double following Caster Semenya’s controversial win the women’s 800m.  In second place was defending champion Alfred Kirwa Yego (KEN) 1:45:35 who just edged out Yusuf Saad Kamel (BRN) for the silver medal (1:45:35).

Report #64: Silver medal for Martinez in men’s javelin finals.

Guillermo Martinez won the silver medal in the men’s javelin finals with a last throw effort of 86.41 metres. Martinez took the lead with his first attempt of 83.43 before he was passed by Olympic champion Andreas Thorkildsen (NOR) who threw 89.59.  Martinez, competing in his third straight World championships finals, remained in second position and confirmed his silver medal with his best throw in the sixth and final round.  Thorkildsen won the gold ( 89.59) with Yukifumi Murakami (JAP) finished third with 82.97.

Report #63: Proctor sets national record in women’s long jump finals.

Shara Proctor (AIA) set a new Anguillan record of 6.71 metres in finishing sixth in the women’s long jump finals. Proctor produced her best jump in the third round after fouling her first attempt and leaping to 6.56 in the second.  After two no-jumps she ended the competition with 6.40 metres.  The winner was Brittney Reese (USA) who produced a world-leading 7.10 metres jump with defending champion Tatyana Lebedeva (RUS) in second with 6.97 and Karin Mey Melis of Turkey taking the bronze with 6.80.

DAY 8 (22nd AUGUST 2009)

Report #62: Jamaica completes sprint relay sweep.


Olympic champions Jamaica (Steve Mullings, Michael Frater, Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell) won the men’s 4 x 100m finals in 37.31, the second fastest ever. Taking the silver was Trinidad and Tobago ( Darryl Brown, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Richard Thompson who ran 37.62 seconds, a national record.  Running Jamaica (lane seven)  and Trinidad and Tobago (lane six) were both ahead of the rest of the field by the second change over while little to separate the two teams but  Bolt gave Jamaica (2007 silver medallist) a lead before hand over to Powell who pulled away to win over Thompson.  The silver is the third for TT following Edmonton 2001  and Helsinki 2005. Great Britain and Northern Ireland was third in 38.02.


The win was the second for Jamaica on the afternoon after the women took gold in the women’s 4 x 100m relay.



Report #61: Jamaica and Cuba qualify for women’s 4 x 400m finals.


Jamaica (Kaliese Spencer, Shereefa Lloyd, Rosemarie Whyte and Novlene Williams-Mills) booked a lane in tomorrow’s (Sunday 23rd  at  11:50am EC)finals.  The 2001 winners clocked 3 mins 24.72 seconds to finish second behind Russia (3:23:80).  Cuba (Susana Clement, Daisurami Bonne, Zulia Calatayud and Indira Terrero ) was 5th in  3:27:36 and advanced as one of the fastest losers.  Bahamas (Sasha Rolle, Shakeitha  Henfield, Rashan Brown, Katrina Seymour) was disqualified in heat one.


The finalists:


1.      Russia                          3:23:80

2.      Jamaica                        3:24:72

3.      Germany                      3:25:08

4.      Great Britain & NI       3:25:23

5.      Cuba                            3:27:36

6.      USA                             3:29:31

7.      Nigeria                         3:29:60

8.      France                          3:29:60



Report #60: Jamaica wins the women’s 4 x 100m relay finals.


Former winners Jamaica (Simone Facey, 100m champion Shelly Ann Fraser, 100m finalist Aleen Bailey and 100m silver medallist Kerron Stewart)  won the women’s 4 x 100m relay final in 42.06 seconds. Jamaica (1991 champions) beat the 1999 winners Bahamas (Sheniqua Ferguson, Chandra Sturrup. Christine Amertil and Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie) who clocked 42.29 ( season’s best time) with Germany taking the bronze in 42.87.  Trinidad and Tobago (Reyare Thomas, Kelly Ann Baptiste, Ayana Hutchinson and Semoy Hackett) was 7th in 43.43.



Report #59: Dominican Republic advances to men’s4 x 400m finals.


The Dominican Republic (Gustavo Cuesto, Arismendy, Yoel Tapia and Felix Sanchez) qualified for the finals of the men’s 4 x 400m relay final.  The quartet clocked 3 min 02.76 seconds to finish second behind Belgium who won in 3:02:13 to advance as one of two top teams from the heat.

2001 champions Bahamas (RamonMiller, Avard Moncur, Latoy Williams and Nathaniel McKinney) was disqualified in heat two of the men’s 4 x 400m relay heats. Bahamas were  seeking their seeking their fifth successive medal  ( 1st 2001, 3rd 2003, 2nd 2005, 2nd 2007).  Seven-time medalists Jamaica failed to advance to the finals of the men’s 4 x 400m finals.  The quartet of Leford Greene, Ricardo Chambers, Isa Phillips and Jermaine Gonzalez) ran 3: 04.45 to finish fifth in heat two. Jamaica won six silver (1991, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003) and one bronze (2005).


The finalists:


1.      USA                             3:01:40

2.      France                          3:01:65

3.      Great Britain and NI    3:01:91

4.      Australia                      3:02:04

5.      Belgium                       3:02:13

6.      Nigeria                         3:02:36

7.      Dominican Republic    3:02:76

8.      Poland                         3:03:23



Report #58:Jamaica runs fastest time in women’s 4 x 100m heats.


Jamaica won the first heat in a fast 41.88 seconds to advanced to the finals to be contested later today (2:00pmEC).  The quartet of Simone Facey, 100m champion Shelly Ann Fraser, 100m finalist Aleen Bailey and 100m silver medallist Kerron Stewart beat 1999 gold medalists Bahamas (Sheniqua Ferguson, Chandra Sturrup. Christine Amertil and Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie ) who ran 42.66.  Trinidad and Tobago (Reyare Thomas, Kelly Ann Baptiste, Ayana Hutchinson and Semoy Hackett) was third in a new national record of 43.22.  St. Kitts and Nevis(Tanika Liburd, Meritzer Williams, Tameka Williams, Virgil Hodge) was 5th in 43.98 seconds and did not advance.


Jamaica and Bahamas qualified for the finals automatically with Trinidad and Tobago going through as one of the fastest losers.    USA did not finish in heat three.


The finalists:

Jamaica                      41.88 sec

Bahamas                    42.66

Germany                     42.96

Brazeil                        43.07

Russia                        43.18

Trinidad and Tobago     43.22

Colombia                     43.30

Great Britain                43.34


DAY 7 (21st AUGUST 2009)

Report#57: Quow wins bronze in men’s 400m finals

Renny Quow (TRI) finished third in the men’s 400m finals.  Quow, 2006 world junior champion, clocked 45.02 seconds and was beaten by Olympic champion La Shawn Merritt (US) who ran a world leading time of 44.02 with the defending champion Jeremy Wariner (US) second in 44.60.  Quow came into the final bend in seventh position but powered to the line to take TT’s second medal in Berlin.  USVI’S Tabarie Henry was 4th in 45.24 just ahead of Chris Brown (BAH) 45.47

Report#56: Campbell-Brown beaten in women’s 200m finals.

Two-time Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM) was beaten in the women’s 200m finals. Campbell-Brown clocked 22.35 but finished behind Allyson Felix (USA) who won in 22.03 seconds.  Brown was seeking to improve on her second place finish in Osaka in 2007 and deny Felix a third successive title.  Campbell –Brown and Felix came into the final straight shoulder to shoulder but Felix pulled away  to take her third world 200m crown. In third place was 2001 champion Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (BAH) in 22.41 seconds with Anneshia Mc Laughlin (JAM) fifth in 22.62. Mc Laughlin, the 2003 World Youth champion beat fellow Jamaican Simone Facey (22.80), the 2002 World Junior 100m silver medalist.

Report#55: Barrios picks up silver in women’s Discus finals.

Beijing Olympic  silver medallist Yarelis Barrios (CUB)  took the silver medal  the women’s discus finals.  Barrios threw  65.31 metres in the final round to match  silver in Osaka two years ago. Barrios threw her best throw in the final round to set a season’s best performance.

Report#54: Lopez  qualifies for men’s 800m finals

Yeimer Lopez (CUB) booked his lane into finals of  the men’s 800m. after  finished second in heat three. Lopez clocked 1 min 45.33 seconds to grab  one of the two automatic qualifying positions in the race. The winner was Amine Laalou (MAR) who ran 1:45:27.  The fastest going into Sunday( 23rd ) finals carded at 11:25am(EC) is Yusuf Saad Kamel (BRN) 1:45:01.

Report#53: Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago set for clash in men’s 4 x 100m finals.

Olympic Champion Jamaica (minus Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell) finished  second in heat three to advance to  tomorrow’s (Saturday 22nd 2:50pm EC) finals.  Jamaica clocked 38.60 seconds behind Italy (38.52).  The Jamaica team was Lerone Clarke, Michael Frater, Steve Mullings and Dwight Thomas.

Beijing silver medallist Trinidad and Tobago won heat one in 38.47 ahead of Japan (38.53).  TT anchor leg Richard Thompson passed Japanese Kenji Fujimitsu just before the line to take the win. ( TT quartet : Darryl  Brown, Marc Burns, Keston Bledman and Richard Thompson).

Great Britain won heat two in the fastest time of the heats(38.11) after the US were disqualified for a faulty final handover between Shawn Crawford and Darvis Patton .

The finalists are :
Great Britain and North Ireland      38.11
Trinidad and Tobago                     38.47
Italy                                            38.52
Japan                                          38.53
France                                        38.59
Canada                                       38.60
Jamaica                                      38.60
Brazil                                          38.72

Report #52:Proctor becomes Anguilla’s first World championships finalist.

Shara Proctor (AIA) became the first Anguillan to qualify for the finals of a World Championships when she qualified for the finals of the women’s long jump.  Proctor (6th at 2005 World Youths)  jumped 6.52 metres on her second attempt to grab the twelfth and final qualifying position.  She jumped 6.43 on her first attempt and ended with 6.47.  The finals are carded for Sunday 23rd at 10:05 am EC.

Jovanne Jarrett (JAM) was 16th,  6.43 m
Yarianny Arquelles (CUB) 22nd,  6.32
Patricia Sylvester (GRN) 36th,     5.92

Report #51: Martinez advances to Men’s Javelin finals

Guillermo Martinez (CUB) qualified for the finals of the men’s Javelin finals.  Martinez, the lone Caribbean’s representative in the competition  made into the medal round after throwing 82.50 meters  on his third and final throw to surpass the automatic qualifying distance of 82.00 metres.  The 28 year old Cuban advanced to his third successive World championship final with the third best throw.  The finals are carded for Sunday 23rd at 10:20am EC.

DAY 6 (20TH AUGUST 2009)

Report #50: Suarez takes silver in men’s decathlon.

Leonel Suarez (CUB) captured the silver medal in the men’s decathlon with 8640 points.  Entering the final day in eighth position, Suarez (2008 Beijing bronze medallist) gained over his rivals with a 75.19 metre throw in the Javelin and  a pb of 5.00 m in the pole vault.

Finishing in 8th was compatriot Yordani Garcia ( 2005 World Youth Octathlon winner and 2006 World Junior silver) who scored  8387 points . He was just ahead of another Cuban Yunior Diaz (8357), a personal best.

Report #49: Braithwaite lands gold for Barbados in men’s 110mH.

Ryan Braithwaite (BAR) won the men’s 100m Hurdles to land Barbados’ first ever world championship medal.  Braithwaite (2005 World Youth silver) clocked 13.14 to just edge the US pair of Terrance Trammell and David Payne, both of whom ran 13.15.  The three dipped across the line virtually together in a photo finish.  Braithwaite’s winning time improves the 13.18 he set in the semis earlier in the afternoon.  Maurice Wignall (JAM) was fifth in 13.31 with fellow Jamaican Dwight Thomas seventh (13.56).

Report #48: Bolt smashed 200m world record.

Usain Bolt (JAM) captured the sprint double in spectacular  fashion.  The Olympic champion ran a sensational 19.19 seconds to wins the men’s 200m finals smashing the previous record of 19.30  he set in taking gold last year in Beijing.  His record run is the second of the championships after he took the men’s 100m in an equally convincing 9.58 seconds. 

Running in lane five, Bolt made up the stagger of the runners on his outside by won by a big margin.  The tall 22 year old beat Alonso Edwards (PAN) who took silver in 19.81. Wallace Spearmon (USA) took his second successive bronze (19.85).  Steve Mullings (JAM) was fifth, 19.98(pb).

Report #47: Walker adds World title to Olympic gold in women’s 400m H.

Olympic champion Melaine Walker (JAM) scored a convincing victory in the women’s 400m Hurdles finals winning in  52.42 seconds.   Walker’s winning time is the second fastest ever (behind 52.34 set by Yuliya Pechenkina  of Russia in 2003).  Walker (2000 World Junior bronze/2002 World Junior silver) beat Lashina Demus (US) 52.96. Demus (2002 World Junior champion and former world junior record holder) came into the race with the fastest time of the year of 52.63.  Demus took an early lead and came in the final straight on even par with Walker. Walker pulled away to win a new championship record time.  Taking the bronze was Josanne Lucas (TRI) who set a new national record mark of 53.20 erasing the 53.98 she set in the semis on Tuesday. 2006 World Junior champion Kaliese Spencer (JAM) was fourth in 53.56 (pb).

Report #46: Ferguson-Mc Kenzie and Campbell-Browne fastest in women’s 200m semis

Debbie Ferguson- McKenzie (BAH) and Veronica Campbell-Browne qualified for Friday(21st) finals with the quickest times in the semis. Ferguson-McKenzie(2001 Champion) clocked 22.24 to finish just ahead of Campbell-Browne(2004/2008 Olympic champion and 2007 World silver) in 22.29.  Anneshia Mc Laughlin and Simone Facey joined team-mate Campbell-Browne in the finals.  Mc Laughlin was second in heat two in 22.55, a new personal best.  Mc Laughlin(2003 World Youth Champion, 2002/2004 World Junior silver) was beaten by the two time defending champion Allyson Felix (USA) in 22.44.  Facey (2002 World Junior 100 silver) was runner-up in heat three in 22.58 behind Muna Lee (USA) who won in 22.30.


Heat two:    3rd Lavern Jones-Ferrette (ISV) 22.74

                  4th Cydonie Mothersill (CAY)   22.80

                  7th Sheniqua Ferguson (BAH)   23.40

                  8th Tameka Williams (SKN)      23.47


Heat three:  4th Kelly ann Baptiste (TRI) 22.96

                  5th Virgil Hodge      (SKN)  23.19


Report #44: Olympic Champion Robles limps out of men’s 110m H semis.

Olympic champion Dayron Robles (CUB) crashed out the men’s 100m Hurdles semis succumbing to injury.  Robles, the world record holder (12.87), did not finish heat three won by William Sharan (GBR) in 13.38 with Maurice Wignall (JAM), qualifying for his three successive world championship final, in second in 13.43. Ryan Braithwaite (BAR) won heat two in a national record of 13.18. Dwight Thomas (JAM) finished third in 13.27 to advance to the finals as one of fastest losers.

Shamar Sands (BAH) and Dayron Capetillo (CUB) did not qualify for the medal round as Sands finished fourth in heat three in 13.47 and Capetillo 8th in heat one in 13.55.


Report #43: Thondike fails to make finals of women’s Hammer throw.

Arasay Thondike (CUB) failed to make the finals of the women’s Hammer throw finals.  She threw 68.97metres to finish 16th and missed up on a top twelve position to qualify to finals on Saturday 22nd at 1:30pmEC.

Report # 42:Lopez into the men’s 800 semis

Yeimer Lopez (CUB) booked a lane into tomorrow’s  (Friday 21st) semifinals.  Lopez finished second in heat six in 1 min 48.04 seconds behind  David Lekuta Rodisha (KEN) 1:47:83.  Moise Joseph (HAI) also advanced to the semis.  He finished fourth in the seventh heat in 1:46:68.  The semis for 2:30 pm EC.

DAY 5 (19TH AUGUST 2009)

Report #41: Three Cubans in top eight after day one of men’s Decathlon.

Cubans Yunior Diaz, Yunior Garcia and Leonel Suarez ended day one of the men’s decathlon in the top eight.  Diaz is in second ( 4512 points) with personal bests in the 100 metres ,shot putt and 400m and a season’s best in the high jump while Garcia is in sixth (4348) with pbs in the 100m and 400m. Garcia (2005 World Youth Octathlon  champion and 2008 World Junior Decathlon silver medalist) is two places ahead of Suarez (4320).  2007 World silver medallist Maurice Smith (JAM) retired after pulling up in the first event (100m).

Report #40:Foster-Hylton wins gold, Ennis-London bronze in Women’s 100m H.

Brigitte Foster-Hylton (JAM) won the women’s 100 Hurdles in 12.51 seconds to complete her set of World championship medals. Running out of lane number four, Foster-Hylton beat Priscilla Lopez-Schliep (CAN) who ran 12.54 with fellow Jamaican Dollereen Ennis-London third 0.01 seconds behind.  Ennis London won her third successive medal medal after taking silver in Helsinki in 2005 and bronze in Osaka in 2007.  Foster-Hylton became the oldest 100m gold medallist at the world championships at the age of 34.

Report # 38: Campbell-Brown, Mothersill and Facey wins,  heats in women’s 200m prelims

Two Time Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Browne (JAM) won the nine and final heat of the women’s preliminaries in 23.01 seconds.  Campbell-Browne (2007 World silver  medallist) is seeking to add the world title to two her back-back Olympic gold and the World 100m gold won in 2007.  Cydonie Mothersill booked her lane into the semis with a 22.69 clocking to take heat eight beating Anneisha McLaughlin (JAM) 22.91 and Lavern Jones-Farrette (ISV) 22.97.  McLaughlin’s (2002 and 2004 World Junior silver medalist and 2003 World Youth champion) set a personal best.   Mc Lauglin’s team-mate Simon Facey took the first heat in 22.83.   Kelly-Ann Baptiste (TT) was second in heat two in 23.00 behind Muna Lee (USA) 22.76 with Virgil Hodge (SKN) 4th in 23.34.  Hodge makes into the semis as one of the fastest losers.  Hodge’s team-mate Tameka Williams was third heat three in 23.27 behind two-time defending champion Allyson Felix (USA) 22.88 and Monique Williams (NZL) 22.96.  2001 champion Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (BAH) was second heat two in 22.71 behind Marshevet Hooker (USA) 22.51. Sheniqua Ferguson (BAH), the 2008 World Junior champion, finished fourth in heat nine in 23.35 and made it to the semis as a fastest loser.  The semifinals are scheduled for Thursday (20th) from 1:50 pm EC.



Heat  four: 7th Meritzer Williams (SKN)  23.72

Heat nine :  6th Jade Bailey (BAR)

Report #37: Bolts wins semis with ease.

Usain Bolt remain on course for a sprint double after he won the first semi-final in 20.08. Bolt, world 200m record holder, got the line first despite easing up before the finish.  In second place was Alonso Edwards of Panama (20.22)with place Shawn Crawford (2004 Olympic champion and 2008 bronze medallist) third ( 20.35) .  Bolt’s compatriot Steve Mullings is also into the final clocking 20.26 second to finish second behind Wallace Spearmon (US) 20.14. 

Not qualifying for the finals were, Rondell Sorillo (TT) was 6th in semi no.1 in  20.63 with Brendan Christian (ANT)  8th in 20.79. Emmanuel Callender (TT) was 8th in the second semi in 20.70

Report # 36: Foster-Hylton and Ennis-London seeking third medal in women’s 100m H finals.

Jamaicans Brigitte Foster-Hylton and Dolloreen Ennis-London  advanced to the finals of the women’s  100m hurdles. Foster-Hylton the second semifinal in a season’s best of 12.54 seconds to qualify for her fourth successive final.  Ennis-London is in her fourth final (1999 2005, 2007) as well.  She finished second in the first semi in 12.64 behind 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Priscilla Lopez-Schliep (CAN) 12.60.  Aleesha Barber (TT) was 7th in 13.06.

Foster Hylton and Ennis London are seeking to add gold to their collection of world championships medal after Foster-Hylton won silver in 2003 and bronze in 2005 while Ennis-London grabbed silver in 2005 and bronze in 2007.

Report # 35: Brown, Henry and Quow into men’s 400m finals.

Chris Brown (BAH) qualified for his three successive world championship final when he won the third semifinal in 44.95 seconds.  Brown (2005/2007fourth placer finisher) beat Tabarie Henry (ISV) into second place (44.95).  Renny Quow (TRI) booked his lane in Friday’s (21st ) final finishing second in 44.53 seconds behind Olympic champion La Shawn Merritt (USA) who won in world -leading 44.37 seconds.  Quow (2006 World Junior champion) set a new personal best and became the second fastest TT quartermiler ( Ian Morris hold the TT record 44.21, 1992 Olympics, Barcelona ).  Ramon Miller (BAH) did not make into the top eight. He finished fifth in heat one in 44.99 (pb) behind the reigning world champion Jeremy Wariner (USA) (44.69). William Collazo (CUB) finished third in heat two in a pb of 44.93, however not get into the final. Ricardo Chambers (JAM) bowed out at the semi clocking 45.13 to finish third in heat three.

Report #34: Olympic Champion Dayron Robles into the 100m H semis.

Olympic champion and world record holder Dayron Robles (CUB) made to the semi-finals. Robles clocked 13.67 seconds to finish third in heat two behind Maurice Wignall (JAM) who won 13.62 second and Helge Schwarzer (GER) 13.66. Ryan Braithwaite (BAR) won the heat four in 13.35 while Dwight Thomas (JAM) was second in heat one 13.57 behind  Dongpeng Shi (CHN) who won in  13.56. Shamar Sands( BAH)  finished fifth in heat five clocking  13.57 seconds. Sands ( 2002 World Junior bronze medallist) qualified for the semis as one of the fastest losers.  Richard Phillips ( JAM) did not advance to the semifinals.  He finished 5th in the sixth heat clocking 13.70.  The semifinals take place on Thursday (20th) at 12:15pm EC with the finals at 2:55pm.

Report #33: Defending champion Thomas fails to make men’s HJ finals.

2007 champion Donald Thomas (BAH) failed to make it to the finals of the men’s high jump.  Thomas did not make the required 2.30 metres, jumping 2.27 metres to finish in 14th position two spots before the top twelve qualifying position. Fellow Bahamian Trevor Barry did not advance to the medal-winning round.  He cleared 2.24 metres to finish in 16th.  The finals are carded for Friday 21st at 1:15 pm EC.

Report #32: Yarelis Barrios lone Caribbean to advance to the Women Discus finals.

Yarelis Barrios (CUB) qualified for the finals of the women’s discus finals.  Barrios threw 62.19 metres to surpass the automatic qualifying mark of 61.50 m and will compete in Friday(21st) finals to be contested  2:20 pm EC.  Barrios’ team-mates Yania Ferrales and Yarisley Collado did not advance.  Collado was the discus 60.37 to finish in 14th and just missing out of top 12 qualifying spot while Ferrales threw 58.24  to end up in  25th.