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#RioGoldRush: Simmonds leads J’can trio into women’s 110m semis

Published:Tuesday | August 16, 2016 | 10:07 AM

Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

National champion Megan Simmonds was the most impressive of the three Jamaicans through to the semi-finals of the women’s 100m hurdles.

Simmonds, running out of lane eight in the sixth and final heat, finished second in 12.81 seconds to advance to tomorrow’s semi-final set for 6:45 p.m.

Nickiesha Wilson earned automatic qualification after placing third in heat three in a season best of 12.89.

The race was won by German’s Cindy Roleder in 12.86 with Great Britain’s Tiffany Porter, who won bronze at the 2013 World Championships, finishing second in 12.87.

Shermaine Williams advanced as one of the six fastest non-automatic qualifiers after placing fourth in heat one with a time of 12.95.
The race was won by Kristi Castlin of the United States in 12.68 with Belgium’s Anne Zagre, 12.85, second and Nooralotta Neziri of Finland taking the other automatic qualifying spot in 12.88 seconds.

Another American, Nia Ali, won heat two in a time of 12.76 seconds while Great Britain’s Cindy Ofili took heat three in 12.75. Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico won heat five in 12.70 seconds.

Shermaine Williams:

Age: 26 years old
High School: Convent of Mercy Academy Alpha
Tertiary Education: Johnson C. Smith University
Events: Women’s 100m hurdles
Personal Best: 12.78s
Interesting Facts:
Her younger sister, Danielle Williams, is the reigning world champion but missed out on the Olympics after crashing into a hurdle and falling during Jamaica’s national trials.
Won world youth and world junior in the 100m hurdles in 2007 and 2008 respectively
German athlete Cindy Roleder was the subject of harsh criticism after she was accused of snubbing Shermaine’s handshake following last year’s World Championships final.

Nickiesha Wilson:
Age: 30 years old
High School: Convent of Mercy Academy Alpha
Tertiary Education: Louisiana State University
Events: Women’s 100m hurdles
Personal Best: 12.79s
Interesting Facts:
Wilson contested the 400m hurdles at the previous two Olympics and the last three editions of the World Championships finishing fourth at the latter’s 2007 staging.
She was a 17-time college All-American and 3-time National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Champion competing in the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles.

Megan Simmonds:
Age: 22 years old
High School: St. Andrew High School for Girls
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Events: Women’s 100m hurdles
Personal Best: 12.79s
Interesting Facts:
Having failed to finish at two previous national senior trials Simmonds final got it right in 2016 to win the title and book her spot to the Olympics
This is the 2011 World Youth Championships finalist’s first senior global competition
She stands at 5ft 2in (1.57m) tall