Charlton, Seymour make it through to the semis

TOKYO, Japan ‑ Both Devynne Charlton and Pedrya Seymour advanced to the semifinals of the women’s 100 meters (m) hurdles at the Tokyo Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, on Saturday, making history for The Bahamas.

It’s the first time in history that two Bahamian hurdlers have advanced to the semifinals of the Olympics in a single hurdles event.

Charlton was timed in 12.84 seconds in her heat, crossing the line in fourth place and grabbing one of the automatic qualifying spots for the semis.  She qualified for the semis 12th overall.

Devynne “Sonic” Charlton.

Seymour, looking to build off her first Olympic experience five years ago when she finished sixth in the final, was also fourth in her opening round heat yesterday. She clocked 13.04 seconds.

Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn was the fastest qualifier for the final, running 12.41 seconds.

The semifinals are set for 7:45 p.m. Sunday night here at the Japan National Stadium in Tokyo, 6:45 a.m. Sunday morning in The Bahamas.

Just the first two in each semifinal heat and the next two fastest times move on to Monday’s final. The final will be held at 11:50 p.m. Monday here in Tokyo, 10:50 p.m. Sunday night in The Bahamas.

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Sheldon Longley

Sheldon Longley joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2001 as a sports reporter. He was promoted to sports editor in 2008. Sheldon has an extensive background in sports reporting. He covered three Olympic Games and three world championships, along with multiple smaller regional and local games.

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