Brianna Williams and Damion Thomas strike gold for Jamaica at IAAF World U20 Champs

Jamaica picked up three medals on Wednesday’s third day of the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland  which comprised two gold and one silver medal. 16 year old Brianna Williams won the women's 100m in 11.16 seconds, finishing ahead of Twanisha Terry of the United States who got second in 11.19 and Kristal Awuah of Great Britain in 11.37.

Williams is now the first Jamaican woman to win the 100m at the World Under-20 Championships since Veronica Campbell in 2000 in Santiago, Chile. Also on the day, Jamaica took the quinella in the men’s 110m hurdles as Damion Thomas won the event in 13.16 seconds. Orlando Bennett got the silver in 13.33 seconds.

Stacey-Ann Williams had to settle for 6th in the women's 400m final in a time of 53.23 seconds. Hima Das of India won the race in 51.46 seconds. Elsewhere on the day, another gold medal favourite, 2015 World Youth champion  Christopher Taylor secured his spot in the boys 400 metres final after clocking an easy 46.18 seconds to win his semi-final.

Compatriot Chanz Sawyers also booked his spot in the final posting 46.19 for second his semi-final. Shiann Salmon also advanced to the girls 400 metres hurdles final after clocking the fastest qualifying time of 56.29 seconds to win her semi-final. 

Jamaica's other semi-final qualifier, the World Youth silver medalist Sanique Walker did not report for the semi-final of the girls 400m hurdles due to an injury suffered in the opening round on Wednesday. The final of the boys 400 meters and the girls 400 meter hurdles will be contested on Friday.

Earlier in the day, Malik James King advanced to the semi-finals of the boys 400 metres hurdles clocking 51.54 to win his opening heat. Compatriot Leonardo Ledgister also made progress to the semi-finals after posting 51.65 for second his heat. Xavier Nairne failed to make progress to the boys 200 meter final after clocking 21.64 for 8th in his semi-final. 

Jamaicans get into action on day four at 1:35 am Thursday morning in the heats of the 100m hurdles through Brittany Anderson and Amoi Brown. 

Kimar Farquharson will compete in the men’s 800m while 100m champion Brianna Williams gets into action in the heats of the women's 200m. Jamaica is currently tied for second in the medal table with 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze alongside Japan. Kenya is at the top of the table with three gold and 1 bronze medal.


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