Jamaica's Janieve Russell shakes off rust, advances to NACAC 400m hurdles final

By August 10, 2018

Jamaica’s Janieve Russell said she felt a little rusty while winning her semi-finals in the 400m hurdles at the 2018 NACAC Senior Championships in Toronto, Canada on Friday.

Russell, a medal favourite, and compatriot, Leah Nugent, advanced to the final of the 400m hurdles after winning their respective semi-final heats.

Russell, the 2018 Commonwealth Games champion, cruised to a time of 55.07s in the first of the two semi-finals.

“That was the aim today to make the final and to do it comfortably saving a lot of energy for the final,” she said.

 “I feel a little rusty. I am glad to get the run today to shake off the webs.”

Also through from that semi-final heat were the USA’s Georgeanne Moline (55.38), Zurian Hechevarria of Cuba (55.53) and Noelle Montcalm of Canada (56.73).

Nugent, however, had the fastest time of the semis, winning her heat in 54.85s.

The USA’s Shamier Little also advanced with a time of 56.30s for second in the heat.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Sparkle McKnight also made it through to the final 57.14s while Tiana Adana Belle of Barbados (57.67) made it through as one of the fastest losers.

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