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#RioGoldRush: Jamaica's 800m women kick into action - morning session preview

Published:Wednesday | August 17, 2016 | 8:53 AM
Kenia Sinclair

National champion Natoya Goule will make her much-anticipated debut at the Olympic Games in Rio when she competes in the heats of the 800m today. 

The 800m heats is set to run of 8:55 a.m.

Goule, a former Manchester High School track star, is drawn in heat eight where she will face American Chrishuna Williams and Fabienne Kohlmann of Germany.

The 25-year-old Goule, who has a personal best time of 1:59.38 seconds, will be joined in the heats by her compatriots Kenia Sinclair and Semoya Campbell.

Sinclair, who will be competing in her third Olympic Games, will run in heat seven, where she will face Kenya's Winny Chebet and Esther Guerrero of Spain. 

The 36-year-old Sinclair, who finished second to Goule at this year's National Championships in June, is the national record holder in the event with a time 1:57.88 seconds.

The other Jamaica in the event, Campbell will ran in heat six, where she will face Malika Akkaoui from Morocco and Cuba's Rose Mary Almanza.

Campbell, a 2015 World University Games silver medalist has a personal best time of 1:59.26 seconds. She finished third at the National Championships behind Goule and Sinclair.