Jamaica's Anderson, Brown, win hurdles heats, set to clash with Americans

By July 13, 2018
Amoi Brown is battling a long-term toe injury but commits to doing her best in the 100m hurdles semifinals Amoi Brown is battling a long-term toe injury but commits to doing her best in the 100m hurdles semifinals

Jamaica’s Brittany Anderson and Amoi Brown won their 100m hurdles heats in impressive fashion at the IAAF World U20 Championships on Friday in what seems to be a looming showdown with their American rivals.

Anderson clocked 13.37s to win her heat at a canter while Brown, Jamaica’s U20 champion won hers in a relaxed run of 13.49s.

Brown said she is satisfied with the run but reveals that she has been battling a toe injury that affects her ability to start well. Sheis hoping to work through it and perform well in the semi-finals.

Anderson, the U18 champion, said she didn't realise she was going that fast because her only focus was to get into the semi-finals.

However, the Americans present a real threat as the fastest in the heats was Tia Jones of the USA who clocked 13.25 despite running into a -1.1m/s headwind and knocking over two hurdles. The other American in the field, Cortney Jones, won her heat in 13.53 but went into the championships with the fastest time this year.

The fifth heat was the most competitive with Turkey's Sevval Ayaz and France's Cyrena Samba-Mayela both clocking 13.56. Samba-Mayela is the fastest non-US entrant at the championships with a recently-set lifetime best of 13.00 which bettered Monique Ewanje-Epee's long-standing French U20 record of 13.07.

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