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RioGoldRush: Kimberly Williams advances to triple jump finals

Published:Saturday | August 13, 2016 | 10:16 AM

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

National champion Kimberly Williams secured her place in the final of the women's triple jump competition at the Rio Olympic Games today.

Williams, who is returning from a hamstring injury, registered marks of 14.19m, 14.03m and 14.22m.   

The 27-year-old  Williams will enter the final with the sixth best jump in the competition. Williams' mark of 14.22m was well of her personal best mark of 14.62m

Williams, the 2014 Commonwealth Games champion and World Indoor Championships bronze medal winner, is aiming to win Jamaica's first medal in the event at the Olympic Games. 

Williams says she is delighted to be in the final. "My focus was to make it back to the final, said Williams. "But I know I have some technical things to work on, but I am looking forward to the final.

However, Jamaica's other competitor in the event, Shanieka Thomas missed out on a place in the final, after she failed to achieve the qualifying mark of 14.15m.

The 24-year-old Thomas produced marks of 13.95m 13.95m and 14.02, in her three attempts.   

The final is set for tomorrow.