Silver for Powell at World Indoors

March 19, 2016


Asafa Powell captured Jamaica's first medal at the IAAF World Indoor Championships last night.

Powell bagged silver in the men's 60 metre final behind American Trayvon Bromell.

Bromell won the event in 6.47 seconds, while Powell was second in 6.50. Ramon Gittens of Barbados was third in 6.51.

The day was a mixed one for Jamaica. It was filled with many disappointments on the first full day of action at the championships being staged at the Oregon Convention Centre.

Earlier, Powell equalled his first-round time of 6.44 seconds to advance from semi-final three in the fastest qualifying time and season's best.

"I was just focusing on my technique. Wasn't focusing on anyone or my time, just focusing on my technique and getting to the finish line," Powell told STAR Sports ahead of the final.

Stephenie Ann McPherson advanced to the final of the women's 400m, which is set for 8:47 this evening Jamaica time.

The Commonwealth Games champion ran a hard semi-final two to finish in third in a season's best 51.91 seconds behind winner Oluwakemi Adekoya of Bahrain, in an Asian record 51.47, and Quanera Hayes of the USA in 51.54.

Fitzroy Dunkley was last in semi-final two of the men's equivalent as he fought to finish in a time of 47.13 while winner Pavel Maslak of the Czech Republic posted 45.71.

There were tears of disappointment for world 100m hurdles champion Danielle Williams as she failed to advance past the heats of the 60m hurdles.

Racing in semi-final two, Williams started poorly and did not clear the third hurdle.

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"I wish I could tell you what happened. I just couldn't get the start to the first hurdle properly. I got too close to the first hurdle and then my left leg, which is my trail leg, came up for the second one, so I couldn't hurdle with that so I jumped it," Williams explained.

"I was just expecting to execute what I learnt in training and make the finals," she added.

Samantha Scarlett was last in semi-final one in 8.37.

Disappointing is the word Kemoy Campbell used to describe his race. Campbell, who ran in the men's 3000m, never got into a useful rhythm and finished eighth of nine competitors in heat one in a time of 8:00.22 in the heat won by Ethiopia's Yomif Kejelcha in 7:51.01.

"I tried my best and I wasn't making any progress in the race, and all I can say it was a bit disappointing for me because I know I can run a lot faster. I've run a lot faster before and the time wasn't even close to my PR, and I'm just disappointed," he said.

Chris Ann Gordon did not advance past the first round of the women's 400m after running off the track on the third curve.

Salcia Slack was in last after four events in the five discipline pentathlon with 2540 points after clocking 8.72 seconds in the 60m hurdles a no mark in the high jump, 13.24m in the shot put and a leap of 5.93m in the long jump.

Meanwhile, six Jamaicans are set to bow into action today. Elaine Thompson lines up in heat one of the women's 60m while Simone Facey competes in heat three. National champion Natoya Goule will be the first Jamaican in action on the second day as she competes in heat three of the women's 800m at 1:15 p.m Jamaica time.

Shanieka Thomas is down for action in the triple jump at 1:37 p.m. The men's 60m hurdles also begins tonight with Omar McLeod lining up in heat two of that event at 7:05 p.m. Jamaica's men will compete in heat two of the 4x400m relay at 2:40 p.m.

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