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#ReturnToLondon: Jamaican men fail to advance to men's 200m final

Published:Wednesday | August 9, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Yohan Blake was placed third in heat two in a time of 20.52

There was more disappointment for Jamaica this afternoon after the two men in the semi final of the 200 metres failed to advance.

Rasheed Dwyer who contested semi-final one placed ninth with a mark of 20.69.

American Isaiah Young won that semi in a time of 20.12 to be ranked first heading into Thursday's final.

Dwyer's compatriot Yohan Blake was placed third in heat two in a time of 20.52 well behind Trinidadian Jereem Richards who won in 20.14.

South African Wayde Van Niekerk qualified as one of two fastest losers having placed third in heat three.

"I'm very disappointed, I felt a grab and couldn't push," Blake told The Gleaner's Andre Lowe.

Is Jamaican sprinting in trouble? Yes, we have to step up."


Name: Yohan Blake
Date of Birth: December 26, 1989
Events: 100m, 200m and 400m
Seasonal Best: 100m - 9.93; personal Best: 9.69s
School: St. Jago High
Coach: Glen Mills
Track Club: Racers Track Club
Accolades: 2011 World 100m champion, 2012 Olympic Games 100m and 200m silver medallist

Name: Rasheed Dwyer
Date of Birth: January 29, 1989
Event: 200m
Season's best: 20.11; personal best: 19.80
School: Camperdown High
Coach: Maurice Wilson
Track Club: Sprintec Track Club
Accolades: Commonwealth Games 200m champion, Pan American Games 200m Silver medallist