Stephens produces personal best on opening day of IAAF World U20 Champs

A personal best of 10.30 seconds by Michael Stephens highlighted a successful opening day for Jamaica's athletes at the IAAAF World Under- 20 Championships in Tampere, Finland. Stephens was the fastest Jamaican on the day clocking 10.30 seconds, bettering his previous best of 10.37 set last year, to be the joint fastest qualifier into Wednesday’s semi-final. Compatriot Michael Bentley clocked 10.34 to be second in his heat behind Chad Miller of Great Britain who won in 10.33 seconds. The semi-finals will be run at 9:50 on Wednesday morning jamaica time.

Elsewhere, Shaquena Foote clocked 2 minutes, 07.75 seconds for 5th in heat 5 of the girls 800 metres but still qualified for Wednesday’s semi-finals along with teammate Chrissani May. May finished one place higher in 4th in heat 2, but in a slower time of 2 minutes, 09.88. Wednesday’s semi-final is set for 9:10 am.

Jamaica's lone competitior in the girls 400 metres, Stacey-Ann Williams, clocked a season's best 52.71 seconds for second in her heat to qualify for Wednesday morning's semi-final which runs off at 10:25. In the field, Wayne Pinnock has continued his outstanding season and had the best performance in flight 2 and second best overall to qualify for the long jump final.

Pinnock leapt 7.76 metres on his first attempt and didn't even hit the board on his takeoff. His compatriot Shakwon Coke was third in flight one with a best leap of 7.55 metres with Yuki Hashioka having the best jump of 7.92 metres. The men's long jump final will be contested Wednesday morning starting at 9:55 am.



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