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#RioGoldRush: Jamaica's men fail to advance to 400m final

Published:Saturday | August 13, 2016 | 7:17 PM
Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Cedenio leading the semi-final of the men's 400m. Rusheen McDonald is behind him - Ricardo Makyn photo

Jamaica’s men continue to find the pace too hot to handle in the 400m and the country will again be without a representative in the final at a major senior championship.

Earlier, the quarter-mile duo of Javon Francis and Rusheen McDonald failed to make it past the semi-final of the 2016 Rio Olympics.0

Running out of lane one in the first semi-final, which featured two past Olympics winners, national champion Francis finished fifth in a creditable 44.96 seconds.

The event was won by defending Olympics champion Kirani James of Grenada in a season's best 44.02 with 2008 Olympic winner Lashawn Merritt of the USA, 44.21, placing second.

Karabo Sibanda of Botswana was third in a new personal best 44.47 while Dominican Republic’s Luguelin Santos, who won silver at the London Olympics, was fourth in a season's best 44.71.

McDonald who holds the national record of 43.93 recorded in the semi-finals of the 2015 World Championships was sixth in his semi-final with a time of 46.12.

The race was won by Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Cedenio in 44.39 with reigning world champion Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa second in 44.45.

The final is set for tomorrow at 8 p.m.