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#RioGoldRush: Jamaica seeks to increase medal haul - evening session preview

Published:Tuesday | August 16, 2016 | 8:26 PM
Andrew Riley competes in round 1 of men's 110m hurdles.

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica will be looking to increase it’s medal haul at the Games of the 31st Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this evening as the final of the men’s 110m hurdles takes centre stage.

The race is set for 8:45 tonight inside the Olympic Stadium and three Jamaicans are in with a chance of qualifying for the final.

They are national 110m hurdles champion Omar McLeod, Andrew Riley and Deuce Carter who will be among the 25 athletes down to contest the three semi-finals.

Carter will be the first one in action as he is down to run out of lane 3 in semi-final one.

McLeod, the fastest man in the world this year in the event, will run out of lane 7 in semi-final 2 while Riley is scheduled to run out of lane 6 in the third semi-final.

Newly-minted Olympic 100m champion Elaine Thompson will continue her quest for the sprint double when she contests the semi-final of the Women’s 200m, which get underway at 8 o’clock.

She is scheduled to run out of lane 4 in semi-final one. Her compatriot Simone Facey will run out of lane 8 in semi-final three.

Before that, six Jamaicans will try to advance to the finals of the 400m hurdles for men and women.

In the women’s event, set to begin at 7:10 p.m., Ristananna Tracey will be the first on the track, running out of lane 5 in semi-final one. She will be followed by Janeive Russell, who will run out of lane 4 in semi-final 2, and Leah Nugent, who will run out of lane 6 in semi-final three.

On the men’s side, Jamaica’s world junior 400m hurdles champion Jaheel Hyde will run out of lane two in the first semi-final. Annsert Whyte will run out of lane 4 in the second semi-final while Roxroy Cato will run out of lane 2 in semi-final 3.

PROFILES
Elaine Thompson
Age: 24 years old
High School: Manchester High School
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Events: Women’s 100m, 200m, 4X100m relay
Personal Best: 100m - 10.70s, 200m - 21.66
Interesting Facts:
She had a spectacular 200-metre race winning silver medal at the Beijing World Championships in 21.66 seconds, the fifth-fastest time ever over the distance.

Simone Facey
Age: 31 years old
High School: Vere Technical High School
Tertiary Education: Barton County College then Texas A&M University
Events: Women’s 200m, 4x100m relay
Personal Best: 200m - 22.25s

Ristananna Tracey -
Age: 24 years old
High School: Edwin Allen High School
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Events: Women’s 400m hurdles
Personal Best: 51.95s

Leah Nugent -
Age: 23
Tertiary Education: University of Kentucky
Event: Women’s 400m hurdles

Janieve Russell -
Age: 22 years old
High School: Holmwood Technical High School
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Event: Women’s 400m hurdles
Personal Best: 53.96s

Omar McLeod -
Age: 22 years old
High School: Manchester High School & Kingston College
Tertiary Education: University of Arkansas
Event: men’s 110m hurdles
Personal Best: 12.97s

Deuce Carter -
Age: 25 years old
High School:
Tertiary Education: University of the West Indies, Mona
Event: men’s 110m hurdles
Personal Best: 13.20s

Andrew Riley -
Age: 27 years old
High School: Calabar High School
Tertiary Education: University of Illinois
Event: men’s 110m hurdles
Personal Best: 13.14s

Annsert Whyte -
Age: 29 years old
Event: men’s 400m hurdles
Personal Best: 48.58s

Jaheel Hyde -
Age: 19 years old
High School: Wolmer’s Boy School
Tertiary Education: University of the West Indies, Mona
Event: men’s 400m hurdles
Personal Best: 46.66s


Roxroy Cato -
Age: 28 years old
High School: Green Island High School
Tertiary Education:  Saint Augustine's University
Event: men’s 400m hurdles
Personal Best: 48.48s