Jamaica's May, Pinnock, advance in 800m, long jump

By July 10, 2018
Chrisanni May of Jamaica was an automatic qualifier for the second round of the 800m at the U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland Chrisanni May of Jamaica was an automatic qualifier for the second round of the 800m at the U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland

Jamaica’s Chrisanni May and Shaquena Foote both advanced to the semi-finals of the 800m Tuesday as the IAAF World Under20 Championships got underway in Tampere, Finland.

Jamaica’s long jumpers also advanced in competition with Wayne Pinnock leading the way.

May was fourth in Heat 2 of the two-lap run in a time of 2:09.88s to automatically qualify for the next round of competition in which the first four in each heat automatically advance along with the next four fastest.

Foote, meanwhile, grabbed the first of those four qualifying spots when she finished fifth in Heat 5 in 2:07.75s. She will run in the first of three semi-finals on Wednesday while May will run in the third. Only the top two and the next two fastest times will qualify for the finals.

In the long jump, Pinnock was second best advancing to the final round of the long jump with a leap of 7.76m to lead all Caribbean athletes. Yuki Hashioka of Japan leads all jumpers with 7.92m.

Also through to the finals of the long jump is Shakwon Coke, whose 7.55m was good enough to see him comfortably advance but knowing he will have to jump much farther if he is to have a shot at a medal.

Cuba’s Maikel Y. Vidal also advanced with his best effort of 7.41m.

In the Boys decathlon, Puerto Rico’s Ayden Owens was fifth after three rounds of competition with 2445 points. He produced a personal best of 10.67 in the 100m, leapt 6.94m in the long jump and produced a mark of 13.71m in the shot put.

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