July 14, 2012
Captain Russell looks to rescue 'Juniors' campaign
Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
Jamaica's female team captain to the 14th IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Janeive Russell, will be looking to remove the despair that hung over the camp at the end of yesterday's fourth day.
Jamaica contested five finals, but failed to add to its medal tally, while the 4x100m women's team failed to get the baton around and missed out on the final.
The country will be represented in another two finals today - the men's 4x100m and the women's 400 hurdles. Russell enters the hurdles final as the world leader with her time of 57.04 and is also the fastest qualifier from the semi-finals having won in 57.23.
There are things she will be looking to improve on in today's final set for 1:45 pm.
"I feel good, but I have been shuffling a lot coming down to the end, so I am trying to get my rhythm together; it is coming there and hopefully in the final I can do very well," The Holmwood Technical head girl said.
The multifaceted athlete expressed surprise at how fast her semi-final run was, while disclosing that she has now decided to stick to the 400m hurdles as her pet event.
"I am good at it and getting better each time I try it out, so I just chose that one (400m hurdles)."
Manchester High's Chanice Porter's performance was the highlight of the day, as she broke Nolle Graham's 12-year-old national junior record of 6.53m in the final of the long jump.
Porter leaped 6.58m on her fourth attempt, but finished outside of the medals, as she placed fourth.
She will contest the final of the high jump tomorrow at 12.55 p.m. having booked her place with a clearance of 1.82m during yesterday morning's qualification round.
Kimberly Williamson failed to progress to the final of the high jump, as she only managed to clear 1.70m
Julian Forte looked in control of the men's 200m final coming off the corner, but shortly after he straightened, he started showing signs of discomfort and was forced to pull up well short of the finish line, ending up eighth in a time of 21 seconds.
Munro College's Delano Williams, who is representing the Turks and Caicos Islands won in a new nation junior record time of 20.48 to capture his islands' first-ever medal at a IAAF World Junior Championships.
Jamaica did not fear much better in the women equivalent, as Shericka Jackson was eighth in a time of 23.53.
The impressive Anthonique Strachan completed the sprint double, as she won in a new championship record of 22.53. She had on Wednesday won the 100m in a world junior leading time of 11.20.
The pair of Chrisann Gordon (52.31) and Olivia James (52.68) ran new season best in the women's 400m finals, but had to settle for seventh and eight, respectively.
Javarn Gallimore admitted to running his worst race of the championships to finish fourth in the 400m hurdles final in a time of 50.49.
Jamaica's women's 4x100 metres team failed to make the final, as a mix-up between second-leg runner Shawnette Lewin and third-leg runner Christania Williams resulted in them failing to execute their baton exchange in the heat.
The men's 4x100m team's team of Jevaughn Minzie, Odean Skeen, Senoj-Jay Givans and Jazeel Murphy ran a season best of 39.19, as they finished runners-up to Great Britain (39.09) in heat three to progress to tomorrow's final set for 2:50pm, as the third-fastest team.
Chrisdale McCarthy and Samantha Scarlett both advanced to the semi-finals of the women's 100m hurdles set for tomorrow at 11:35 a.m. McCarthy placed second in heat two in a time of 13.68, while Scarlett ran a personal best (PB) of 13.62 for third in heat one.
Clive Pullen registered a mark of 15.92m on his first attempt to qualify for tomorrow's triple jump final.
Tara Sue Barnett threw a modest 42.06m in the qualifying round of the women's discus, hence failing to make the final.
Events featuring Jamaicans today:
11:30 a.m.: Women's 100m hurdles semi- Chrisdale McCarthy and Samantha Scarlett
12:10 p.m.: Women's 4x400m relay heats
12:35 p.m.: Men's 4x400m relay heats
1:45 p.m.: Women's 400m hurdles FINAL- Janeive Russell
2:50 p.m.: Men's 4x100m relay FINAL