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IAAF WORLD YOUTH CHAMPS: Jamaica dominate track at opening session

Published:Wednesday | July 10, 2013 | 6:02 AM

Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter,



DONETSK, Ukraine:

Jamaica's athletes were dominant on the track, but had little success in the field during the opening session of the IAAF World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine inside the RSC Olympiyskiy.




All eight of Jamaica's competitors who featured on the track, won their respective heats, while shot put and discus competitors Demar Gayle and Paula-Ann Gayle failed to progress in their respective events.



In the boys 100m heats, Michael O'Hara recovered from a poor start to win his heat in 10.66, the same time registered by Waseem Williams, who was also first cross the line in his heat.



Yanique Thompson and Rushelle Burton were the second and fourth fastest in qualifying in the girls 100m hurdles heats, after comfortable wins.



Thompson, the fastest in the world this year with a time of 13.23, clocked 13.52 to win heat 5, while Burton fought a strong -2.5 headwind to take her heat in 13.78 to join Thompson in tomorrow's semi-final.



Both Jamaicans are also through to the next round of the boys 400m after gold medal contender Devaughn Baker, 47.58 and Martin Manley, 47.08, won their respective heats quite easily.



The females were also comfortable in qualifying, with Tiffany James taking heat one of the girls 400m in 54.66, while world number two Yanique McNeil also booked her spot in the next round with a 54.69 win in her heat.



Demar Gayle registered a personal best 18.34m in boys shot put qualifying but missed the finals, as did Paula-Ann Gayle in the girls discus, after her 42.63m effort.



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