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Knowles advances in her first global meet

IAAF World U20s move in to day three in Tampere, Finland
Bahamian Jaida Knowles advanced to the semifinals of the girls 100m at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland, yesterday. She ran a time of 11.71 seconds.

Young Jaida Knowles said that she was nervous before her race, but once she stepped onto the track she showed no butterflies at all as she powered into the semifinals of the girls 100 meters (m) at the 17th International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World U20 Championships, currently underway at Ratina Stadium in Tampere, Finland.

Knowles, competing in her first global meet at just 16-years-old, finished third in her opening round heat in 11.71 seconds yesterday, moving into the semis as one of the automatic qualifiers. She was just three one hundredths of a second off her personal best time. Knowles will go into today’s semifinals with the 17th fastest time, and will run out of lane eight in semifinal two. Her race is set for 11:07 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) in The Bahamas.

“That’s my first time in the big leagues. It was very nerve-racking, but exciting,” said Knowles in an interview afterwards. “I’m pleased with what I did, and I’m ready to move on. I’ll just go out there and do my best in the semifinals. I hope to lower my time and run a personal best.”

Joel Johnson was a no-show for his semifinal heat of the boys 100m after suffering an apparent injury in the opening round heat. He appeared to pull a muscle as he crossed the finish line in his opening round heat, but still finished in an impressive 10.34 seconds to easily qualify for the semifinals.

In the boys 100m hurdles, Oscar Smith made it through to the semis but could get no further as he too appeared to suffer an injury. Smith was second in his morning heat in 13.79 seconds and moved on to the semis with the 17th fastest time. In the semis later in the day, Smith hit the first hurdle and never recovered. He appeared to suffer an injury and crossed the finish line in a modest 15.31 seconds which was not nearly good enough to get into the final.

The other Bahamian in the boys 100m hurdles, Denvaughn Whymns, failed to get out of the first round. Whymns finished fifth in his heat and was 25th overall in a personal best time of 13.91 seconds.

Corey Sherrod saw action in the boys 400m. He was fourth in his heat and finished 38th overall in 48.22 seconds, failing to move on to the next round.

As the championships move into day three of competition today, Branson Rolle will compete in the heats of the boys 400m hurdles, Johnson is listed for the heats of the boys 200m, Knowles will run in the semis, and hopefully the final, of the girls 100m, and Kyle Alcine and Jyles Etienne will compete in the qualifying round of the boys high jump.

Rolle will run out of lane seven in the first of six first round heats of the boys 400m hurdles. His race is set for early this morning in The Bahamas. Rolle will run at 3:35 a.m. EST. Johnson is set to run out of lane seven in the second of five opening round heats of the boys 200m. His race is set for 4:37 a.m. EST. Knowles, the only female in action today for The Bahamas, will run in the semifinals of the girls 100m at 11:07 a.m. EST. Just the top two athletes in each semifinal heat and the next two fastest times will move on to the final which is set for 2:15 p.m. EST today.

In the boys high jump, Alcine will be the second jumper in Group A, and Etienne will jump first in Group B. A total of 23 athletes are competing in the boys high jump, and the top 12 or those attaining an automatic clearing height of 2.17m (7’ 1-1/4”) will move on to Saturday’s final. The qualifying round of the boys high jump is set to get underway at 12:45 p.m. EST today.

Kyle Alcine and Jyles Etienne will compete in the qualifying round of the boys high jump. Rolle will run out of lane seven in the first of six first round heats of the boys 400m hurdles. His race is set for early this morning in The Bahamas. Rolle will run at 3:35 a.m. EST. Johnson is set to run out of lane seven in the second of five opening round heats of the boys 200m. His race is set for 4:37 a.m. EST. Knowles, the only female in action today for The Bahamas, will run in the semifinals of the girls 100m at 11:07 a.m. EST. Just the top two athletes in each semifinal heat and the next two fastest times will move on to the final which is set for 2:15 p.m. EST today.

In the boys high jump, Alcine will be the second jumper in Group A, and Etienne will jump first in Group B. A total of 23 athletes are competing in the boys high jump, and the top 12 or those attaining an automatic clearing height of 2.17m (7’ 1-1/4”) will move on to Saturday’s final. The qualifying round of the boys high jump is set to get underway at 12:45 p.m. EST today.

The local time in Tampere is seven hours ahead of EST here in The Bahamas.

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