Jamaica’s intentions to improve their medal haul in individual events at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics continued on Saturday with four women through to the semi-finals of the 100-metre hurdles.

The fastest hurdler in the world this year, Danielle Williams looked smooth in winning her heat, strutting to 12.51  and pulling second-placed Costa Rica’s Carolina Vargas to a national record 12.68 seconds.

But Williams was still not the quickest of the heats, but neither were the athletes expected to challenge for a gold medal, as Nigeria’s Tobi Amisan won the final heat in a personal best 12.48 seconds to get the better of Jamaica’s Janeek Brown, 12.61.

Brown got out first and looked to have the field covered, but Amisan, running in lane nine, worked hard through to the line.

Williams’ main challenger, Kendra Harrison, the world record holder in the event, also won her heat, running 12.55 on the way to the semi-final.

The United States’ Briana McNeal, a challenger for a medal, is out of the event, after a false start left her disqualified, giving an opportunity to Jamaica’s Yanique Thompson to finish second in 12.85 seconds and an automatic qualification. Finishing ahead of Thompson was Italy’s Luminosa Bogliolo, who stopped the clock in 12.80 seconds.

Jamaica’s Megan Tapper was also second in her heat, clocking 12.78 seconds to finish behind the United States’ Nia Ali, who crossed the tape in 12.59.

The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAAs) has met and ruled that former national champion, Danielle Williams, will not be allowed to represent the country at this year’s IAAF World Athletics Championships in Qatar. 

Jamaica’s sprint hurdles queen Brigitte Foster-Hylton has come out in praise of Janeek Brown, who broke her 16-year-old national record on Saturday.

Coach Chris Johnson believes Janeek Brown could have gone faster when she won her NCAA sprint hurdles title on the weekend and that she will definitely go faster in the future.

The University of Arkansas will back 2019 NCAA Division 1 100m hurdles champion, Janeek Brown, on her quest to compete at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar come September.

Jamaica’s Janeek Brown is now the fastest woman over the 100 metres hurdles this year and the quickest her country has ever seen. 

University of Arkansas sophomore Janeek Brown plans to vie for a spot on Jamaica’s team to the IAAF World Athletics Championships in September. Based on what she has managed to do so far this season, that spot seems all but assured.

Following her history-making weekend when she ran a world-leading time and a personal best in separate events, Arkansas’ Janeek Brown was named the a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Athlete of the Week.

It was the first time that Brown has been named National Athlete of the Week and the first time since 2015 that an Arkansas woman has earned the award during the outdoor season.

Running at the National Relay Championships at John McDonnell Field this past weekend, Brown ran a world-leading 12.57s in the 100m hurdles and then returned to clock a life-time best of 22.67s over 200m.

The 200m time is the second fastest time in the NCAA this season and the third fastest in the world.

The 100-meter hurdle/200-meter double was the second-fastest in the history of the sport trailing only Jackie Joyner-Kersee double from the 1988 outdoor season – a year she was a two-time gold medalist at the Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.

Brown also ran a leg on the women’s 4×100-meter relay and the 100-meter shuttle hurdle relay helping her relay capture event titles in both.

This marks the first National Athlete of the Week honour for the former Wolmerian and the first time that an Arkansas woman has earned the award during the outdoor season since 2015. The Razorbacks cleaned up four years ago with three honors: Sandi Morris won two, while Alex Gochenour won the other.

Former Wolmer’s Girl, Janeek Brown, achieved a feat on Friday evening rarely seen anywhere in the world, and certainly not at the level that she did.

Running at the Arkansas National Relay Championships, the sophomore from Kingston, Jamaica earned double gold, but not in the traditional sprints – she managed it in the 100-metre hurdles and the 200 metres.

To start, Brown now leads the world over the sprint hurdles, running to 12.57 seconds to smash the facility record of 12.84 and the Arkansas programme record of 12.80.

An hour later, Brown became the fastest in the South Eastern Conference this season, when she stormed to 22.67, putting her third on the Arkansas all-time list. Only Olympians, Veronica Campbell-Brown (22.41), and Taylor Ellis-Watson (22.48) have ever gone faster.

Brown, as a Freshman, was an All American both indoors and outdoors and so her head coach Lance Harter expects great things from her, but was still stunned at the achievement.

“What she did today was absolutely phenomenal! For her to post the leading time in the 200-meters in the SEC where it’s a ‘Who’s Who’ of sprinting talent and to do it as a hurdler, is a tribute to Chris Johnson’s training and the job he’s done in recruiting and developing these sprinters,” said Harter.

To put the achievement into greater context, in the history of track and field, there has only ever been one double in those events that has been quicker.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee has gone faster, the youngster from Arkansas now putting her name in rarified air.

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