IAAF WORLD YOUTH CHAMPS: Frazer, Knight book spots in finals!
Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter,
Jamaica's Rochelle Frazer will compete in the girls Shot Put final this morning at 9:4 5a.m. (Jamaica time), after a Qualifying Round throw of 15.72m inside the RSC Olympiyskiy, during the the morning session on the second day of the IAAF World Youth Championships here.
Andrenette Knight, 400m hurdler, also booked a spot in a final, finishing second in her semi-final in 1:00.16.
The girls 400m hurdles final will run of on Saturday at 10:50am (Jamaica time).
Frazer, got her mark on her second attempt, placing her as the 12th qualifier to the finals.
Turkey's Emel Dereli was the top quaifier with a 19.18m attempt.
Despite her qualification, Frazer, who has a personal best of 15.93m, said that while she is looking forward to competing in the final, she was far from pleased with her performance in qualifying.
"I think I was a bit uncomfortable and too nervous. This is something I will have to work on going into the final later," Frazer told The Gleaner shortly after the event.
The athlete's coach Marlon Gayle, who is also in Donetsk as a member of the Jamaican coaching panel, believes there is much more to come from his young charge.
"I am very happy with her qualification to the final because this was an objective; first of all to get into the final and from there try and get into the top eight and then see where that takes us. But I know she can do much better," said Gayle.
"She was clearly not very comfortable and I went over and had a talk with her and it helped, but we are hoping she will do even better in the final later," Gayle added.
Jamaica's other competitor in the girls Shot Put, Isheka Binns managed a best of 13.93m.
There were mixed results for Jamaica in the boys 110m hurdles heats with Jaheel Hyde registering a relaxed personal best 13.47 to win his heat before Jordon Chin; at the front of the pack, crashed into three hurdles, finishing sixth in his heat with a time of 14.46.
Eleven Jamaicans are scheduled to feature in the afternoon session, which starts at 8:43 a.m. (Jamaica time).
Afternoon Session: (All times Jamaican)
(9:10 a.m.) Boys High Jump QUALIFICATION
(9:25 a.m.) Boys 400m SEMI-FINAL
(9:50 a.m.) Girls 100m SEMI-FINAL
(10:45 a.m.) Boys 100m SEMI-FINAL
(11:10 a.m.) Girls 400m SEMI-FINAL
(11:40 a.m.) Boys 400m Hurdles SEMI-FINAL
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