Jamaica's Ackera Nugent eases into Summer Youth Olympics sprint hurdles final

By October 11, 2018
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Jamaica’s Ackera Nugent won her heat to advance to Sunday’s final of the 100m hurdles at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in Argentina on Thursday.

Nugent was an easy winner of the heat in 13.45 on the opening day of track and field action at the Parque Polideportivo Roca. Johanna Plank of Austria was a distant second in 13.71.

The Jamaican was the third fastest overall as the USA’s Grace Stark was fastest overall. She won her heat in 13.31s ahead of Australia’s Sophia White 13.39. Taipei’s Ting-Wei Ling won the third heat in 13.79s over Cuba’s Keiley Linet Perez Ibanez (13.96).

Sunday’s final will decided by an average of the times ran today and the times achieved on Sunday.

Nugent believes she can go much faster but was hampered by the cold and wet conditions that the athletes competed in on Thursday. She complained that the conditions made her hamstring tight and tingling.

“I was a bit nervous. I got really cold and I just felt uncomfortable but I just went out there and did the best of my ability and I hope to come better in the finals,” she said, suggesting that she can go even faster in the finals.

“My execution to the about the eighth hurdle went well. Coming off the eighth hurdle seeing that I was leading I eased off a little and went through the motion.”

She assured that if she gets competition in the final she is able to go faster; much faster.

Leighton Levy

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