OPERATION MOSCOW: Omar Johnson gets 400m nod over 'A' qualifier McDonald
Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Omar Johnson has received the nod ahead of A standard qualifier Rusheen McDonald, to compete in the 400m at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics here.
Technical leader Maurice Wilson made the disclosure to The Gleaner, ending speculation as to who would join national champion and A standard qualifiers Javere Bell and Javon Francis in the heats, which start on Sunday, after third place finisher at the National Championships in June Akheem Gauntlett, pulled out of the championships.
Johnson, who finished fourth at the trials has only met the B qualifying standard for the 400m this season with a 45.50 seconds time, while sixth place finisher Rusheen McDonald, went on to record the 45.28 A qualifying standard at a meet in Italy, weeks after the National Championships.
The technical team here, led by Wilson, were left to decide whether or not to go with two A standard and one B qualifiers based on placing at the trials, or choose to replace Johnson with the only other Jamaican A qualifier for the event, McDonald.
The men's 400m heats will get underway at 2:05am on Sunday (Jamaica time).
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