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Chambers qualifies for 100m final ... but injury could affect Jamaican's medal chance

Published:Friday | August 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Sprinter Raheem Chambers

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Sprinter Raheem Chambers booked his place in the men's 100 metres final at the second Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.

The 17-year-old Chambers secured his place after winning heat two in 10.68 seconds on yesterday's second day of track and field action.

However, the Jamaican is a doubtful starter for tomorrow's final. He held his hamstring about 10 metres before the line and had to be helped to his feet at the end of the race.

Chambers, if he competes, will enter the final with the fourth fastest qualifying time.

Trae Williams from Australia, running in heat four, sped to 10.51 seconds to clock the fastest time going into the final. Zambia's Sydney Siame, 10.58, holds the second fastest time, while Kenta Oshima from Japan clocked 10.62 to win heat one and record the third fastest time entering tomorrow's final.

Meanwhile, Jamaica's representative in the women's 100 metres, Shanice Reid, failed to progress to the final despite finishing third in heat three.

Reid's time, 11.86, was the ninth fastest overall. Only eight will participate in the 100 metres final. However, Reid's time has qualified her for the B final, which will also be run tomorrow.

Ewa Swoboda of Poland clocked 11.30 to record the fastest time.

Obrian Wasome booked his place in the final of men's long jump competition with a leap of 7.13 metres. Wasome's jump is the seventh best going into Sunday's final.

Anatoly Ryapolov has the best jump of 7.65 metres.

In beach volleyball, Rojey Hutchinson and Shavar Bryan went down 2-1 to New Zealand's Nate Moore and Kahurangi Robinson in their Pool B preliminary round game yesterday. The pair will be hoping for better luck today when they take on Lithuania.