By Spencer Darlington
Reporting from the IAAF World Championships in London
Hopes of Jamaica gaining its third medal of the IAAF World Athletics Championships in London evaporated on Tuesday’s fifth day of competition as both Nathon Allen and Demish Gay came up empty-handed despite gallant efforts in the men’s 400m final. Allen came home 5th in 44.88 seconds while Gaye was 6th in 45.04 seconds.
World record holder and Olympic champion Wayde Van Neikerk landed gold in 43.98 seconds over Bahamian Steven Gardiner 44.41 and Abdalelah Haroun of Qatar third in 48.48 seconds.
Meanwhile, two-time former national champion Ristanana Tracey was the only Jamaican who made it through to Thursday’s final of the women’s 400m hurdles
Like she did I the first round, Tracey produced the second fastest time of 54.79 seconds to win her heat and advanced to the medal event.
National champion Ronda Whyte and Leah Nugent both found the going too hot handle with Whyte finishing 5th in her semi-final while Nugent did 56.19 seconds for fifth.
Simone Facey, Sashalee Forbes and Jodean Williams advanced to Tuesday’s semi-finals of the women’s 200m Facey ran a well-calculated race to take the runner-up spot in her heat in 22.98 seconds.
Forbes secured an automatic spot after finishing third in hearing while Jodean Williams made progress as the fastest loser, having placed 5th in 23.38 seconds.
Elsewhere on the day, national champion and record holder Daniel Thomas-Dodd threw 18.42 metres on her second attempt to qualify for Wednesday’s women’s shot put final but compatriot Gleneve Grange failed to advance behind the qualifying group after an effort of 15.96 metres which placed her at the bottom of Group ’B’. Jamaica is currently fifth in the medal table alongside Venezuela and India, each having one gold and a bronze.