#ReturnToLondon: Goule, McDonald fail to advance to 800m semis
National champion Natoya Goule and her Jamaican compatriot Kimarra McDonald failed to make into the semi finals of the women’s 800m at the World Championships in London today.
Goule, a World Junior Championships 4x400m bronze medallist, finished fifth in heat three in 2:01.77 seconds, way behind South Africa’s Caster Semenya in 2:01.33.
Goule, a former Manchester High star, led for the entire race before she was overtaken in the last 30m.
Meanwhile, McDonald ended seventh in heat five in 2:09.19.
The race was won by Carlene Lipsey of the United States in 2:02.74.
Name: Natoya Goule
Date of Birth: March 30, 1991
Events: 400m, 800m
Season’s best: 400m - 52.65; 800m - 2:00:56
Personal best: 400m - 51.52; 800m -1:59:38
School: Manchester High
Coach: Mark Elliot
Accolades: Two-time CAC Championships winner, World Junior Championships 4x400 relay bronze medallist and four-time national champion.
Name: Kimarra McDonald
Date of Birth: August 14, 1987
Event: 800 Metres
Season’s best: 2:02.07
Personal Best: 2:02.07