Jamaica's Stephens, Bentley, lead Caribbean sprinters into 100m semis

By July 10, 2018
Jamaica's Michael Stephens was the fastest Caribbean athlete advancing to Wednesday's semis of the 100m at the IAAF World Under 20 Championships in Finland. Jamaica's Michael Stephens was the fastest Caribbean athlete advancing to Wednesday's semis of the 100m at the IAAF World Under 20 Championships in Finland.

Jamaican sprinters Michael Stephens and Michael Bentley were among the fastest qualifiers for the semi-finals of the 100m as action concluded in the morning session of the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland on Tuesday.

Joel Johnson of the Bahamas, Rikkoi Brathwaite of the British Virgin Islands and Tyrell Edwards of Trinidad and Tobago also advanced to the semi-finals of the blue ribbon sprint in Finland.

Stephens was the second quickest to advance when he ran a personal best of 10.30s to win Heat 6 in Tuesday’s preliminaries.

 Bentley, Jamaica’s U20 champion, opened his campaign with a comfortable 10.34s, finishing second in Heat 3 behind Great Britain’s Chad Miller, who ran a personal best of 10.33s.

Johnson was second to Stephens in Heat 6 in 10.34s while Brathwaite (10.44) advanced after crossing the line fourth in Heat 3 that was won by Miller.

Edwards’ 10.57s saw him finish fourth in Heat 6 but advancing, like Brathwaite as one of the fastest non-automatic qualifiers.

The top three from each heat automatically qualified for the semis as well as the next six best times.

Bentley and Brathwaite will run in Heat 1 of the semi-finals while Stephens and Johnson will match strides in Heat 2. Edwards will be the sole Caribbean athlete in the third semi-finals where the first two in each heat will automatically qualify as well the best two best times.

The semi-finals are set for 10:50 am (11:50 am ECT) on Wednesday.

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