ATHLETICS: Good day for Jamaican athletes at Youth Olympics
Jamaica’s sprinters Chad Walker and Natalliah Whyte have secured qualifications to the 200-metre finals on today’s third day of action in track and field at the second Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
Seventeen-year-old Whyte enters the women’s 200-metre final with the fastest qualifying time after winning Heat 3 in 23.79 seconds.
Dzhois Koba of Ukraine has the second best time of 23.88 seconds.
Walker, of St Jago High, advanced to the men’s 200-metre final with the fifth fastest qualifying time of 21.17, achieved in placing second in Heat 2.
American Noah Lyles, who won Heat 1 in a personal-best 20.71 enters the final with the fastest qualifying time.
Both men and women's 200-metre finals are scheduled for Sunday.
The other two Jamaican athletes, who competed on the day, also qualified for the medal rounds in their events.
Jordan Scott achieved a personal-best 15.36 seconds in the men’s triple jump to advance to Monday’s final; while Shenice Cohen is through to the women’s 400-metre hurdles final after a second place finish in Heat 1.
She clocked one minute and 24 seconds going into the final on Monday.
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