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#RioGoldRush: Nugent disqualified in women’s 400m hurdles, other two J'cans advance to semis

Published:Monday | August 15, 2016 | 9:36 PM
Leah Nugent

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

Two Jamaicans are safely through to the semi-finals of the women’s 400m hurdles at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.

They are Ristananna Tracy, who easily won her opening round heat in a time of 54.88 seconds and Janieve Russell, who finished second in her first round heat in a time of 56.13 seconds.

The other Jamaican to contest the event, Leah Nugent finished second in her opening round heat, but was disqualified shortly after for a hurdling violation.

Russell, another of the first-time Olympians in the Jamaican team, explained that her plan was to conserve energy and make it safely through to the next round.

The semi-final of the women’s 400m hurdles is scheduled for tomorrow at 7:10 p.m.