Pedrya Seymour is rounding back into form.
The Bahamian national record holder in the women’s 100 meters (m) hurdles has been consistently under 13 seconds this season, and yesterday was no different, as she took on a world-class field at the 33rd Meeting Città di Padova at the Daciano Colbachini Stadium in Padova, Italy.
Seymour finished third in the women’s 100m hurdles in 12.78 seconds after running 13.04 seconds in the heats. The time in the final was a season’s best time for her and just three one hundredths of a second off the former meet record of 12.75 seconds that was run by American Kellie Wells in 2013.
Megan Tapper, of Jamaica, won the race in a new meet record of 12.66 seconds. American Tiffani McReynolds finished second in 12.72 seconds as both went under the former meet record. Seymour’s training partner,
Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico, finished fourth in 12.86 seconds. American Evonne Britton was fifth in 12.93 seconds.
Seymour, 24, appears to be gradually getting back to the form of three years ago when she shocked the world with a series of sub-13-second races and set the national record of 12.64 seconds in a span of just four months after shifting from the 400m hurdles to the 100m hurdles. She went on to finish sixth in the Olympic final in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 12.76 seconds, becoming the first Bahamian, male or female, to advance to an Olympic final in any hurdles event.
She was the only Bahamian in action at the meet in Northern Italy yesterday.
In her heat, Seymour was third behind Camacho-Quinn and Britton and went into the final with the sixth fastest time. Camacho-Quinn ran a wind-aided 12.73 seconds in the heats and was the top qualifier for the final.
Seymour, who trains out of Austin, Texas, under the watchful eyes of Coach Edrick Floréal, is moving up the world’s top list according to the latest International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World Rankings. She is now tied for 21st on the IAAF’s Top List for the women’s 100m hurdles for 2019 with Luminosa Bogliolo, of Italy.
Seymour has already qualified for the Doha World Championships and is expected to be home for the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) Senior National Championships, from July 26-27, in Freeport, Grand Bahama.
The 17th IAAF World Championships is set for September 27 to October 6 at the renovated, multi-purpose Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
Before Seymour returns home for the nationals, she is scheduled to compete in the Müller Anniversary Games Diamond League Meet in London, England, this weekend. She was set to compete in Fontvieille, Monaco, as a late replacement last weekend, but false-started in what would have been just her second Diamond League race.
This season is Seymour’s inaugural one in the professional ranks after a stellar collegiate career with Illinois and Texas. She trains along world-class athletes such as world record holder in the women’s 100m hurdles Kendra Harrison of the United States, sprinter Jenna Prandini also of the United States and Camacho-Quinn just to name a few.
This season, Seymour has already competed in Japan, China, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy and the United States. She is the only Bahamian listed to take part in the Müller Anniversary Games Diamond League Meet this coming Saturday.
Education: College of The Bahamas, Associates in Accounting