by Michael Bascombe
CALI, Colombia, July 15, 2015 – Youth Olympic Games 400 metres bronze medallist Meleni Rodney advanced to the semi-finals of the Girls’ event at the IAAF World Youth Championships here on Wednesday.
Rodney finished second in the sixth qualifying race in 56.05 seconds to advance to Thursday’s semi-final round. Cuba’s Roxana Gomez won the Heat six in 53.65 and Purity Joy Chepkoech of Kenya took the third qualifying spot in 56.21.
“She didn’t run the perfect race and was slow off the curve and even slower off the bend,” coach Conrad Francis told GrenadaSports. “However, she started well. She has some slight pain in the quadriceps but looking forward to the semis.”
Only two other Caribbean competitors qualified for the next round which is being led by Canada’s Kyra Constantine with 53.20.
Avon Samuels of Guyana (55.42) and Dreshanae Rolle of the Bahamas (55.51) qualified among the fastest losers from Heat four.
Also qualifying in the morning session on the opening day are:
Boys’ 100m – Edel Amores of Cuba (10.52), Akanni Hislop of Trinidad & Tobago (10.53), Xavior Angus of Jamaica (10.59), Javan Martin of the Bahamas (10.61) and Andre Morrison of Jamaica (10.79).
Girls’ 100m Hurdles – Janeek Brown of Jamaica (13.67), Sidney Marshall of Jamaica (13.89) and Charisma Taylor of the Bahamas in a personal best of 14.06.
Boys’ 400m – Christopher Taylor of Jamaica (46.30), Jamal Walton of the Cayman Islands (47.35) and Miguel Shepper of Suriname in a personal best of 48.30.
Men’s Long Jump – Juan Miguel Echevarria of Cuba (7.73m) and Maykel Masso of Cuba (7.51m).
Girls’ Discus Throw – Serena Brown of the Bahamas with a personal best of 44.96 metres.
Kevin Nedrick of Jamaica threw a lifetime best of 19.00 metres in the Boys’ Shot Put but was unable to advance in the event.