Jamaica's Salmon fastest into 400m hurdles final, Walker out injured

By July 12, 2018

Jamaica's Shian Salmon produced an impressive performance Thursday to easily qualify for Friday's final of the Women's 400m hurdles at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.

The 2018 Carifta Games champion took control of the race early before cruising home in 56.29s well clear of European U20 Champion Yasmin Giger of Switzerland, who finished in second place and was an automatic qualifier. Salmon's time was the fastest of the semi-finals.

However, it wasn't all good news for Jamaica as Sanique Walker, the 2017 World U18 silver medalist, did not start in the third semi-final because of injury.

Meanwhile, South Africa's Zeney Van Der Walt, one of the medal favourities, easily won her semi-final in 56.72. She was also commanding in her semi-final and was well clear of  Sara Gallego of Spain who set a new national record of 57.18s.

The final semifinal went to Emma Zapletalova who crossed the line in 57.22s a new national record for Slovakia. The other automatic qualifier was Xahria Santiago of Canada who was timed in 57.55s.

 

 

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