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IAAF World Under 20 | Williams on course for sprint double, while Taylor and Salmon hunt medals today

Published:Friday | July 13, 2018 | 7:57 AM

Freshly-minted 100m champion Briana Williams stayed on course for a shot at the IAAF World Under 20 Championships sprint double, after easily booking her spot to the 200m semi-final on Friday. 

The 200m semi-final will take place at 12:02 p.m. today.

Williams, 16, who won the 100m title in 11.16 seconds on Thursday, clocked 23.32 seconds to win her heat ahead of Germany's Corina Schwab, 23.55 and Lorraine Martins (Brazil), 23.75.

Jamaica's lone competitor in the women's high jump, Lamara Distin, also made progress, as her 1.82m clearance was enough to see her through to the final. 

Kimar Farquharson, 1:50.72 finished fourth in his 800m heat and failed to advance to the semi-finals. 

Earlier, both Britany Anderson and Amoi Brown  comfortably qualified to the women's 100m hurdles semi-final, after easy wins.

Anderson led her heat from start to finish, clocking 13.37, to win ahead of Canada's Kendra Leger, 13.59 and Italy's Desola Oki, 13.94. 

Brown, the national champion, was just as easy, taking control of her race from the early stages and easing through to win in 13.49 ahead of Brazil's Micaela De Mello, 13.68 and China's Yuwei Lin, 13.92. 

The Jamaicans will have a few opportunities to add to their medal count today. 

Shiann Salmon will line up in the women's 400m hurdles final at 12:26 p.m.

Christopher Taylor and Chantz Sawyers, will feature in the men's 400m final at 12:35 p.m.