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Shaquena Foote, Stacey-Ann Williams progress at 17th IAAF World Under-20 Champs in Finland

BY PAUL A REID
Observer West writer

Thursday, July 12, 2018

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TAMPERE, Finland — Shaquena Foote and Stacey-Ann Williams, both winners at this year's Western Championships, advanced past the first round of their events on Tuesday's opening day of the 17th IAAF World Under-20 Championships being held at the Tampere Stadium in Finland.

Foote, who attends Petersfield High, qualified as one of the fastest losers, after the first round of the women's 800m, while Williams of St Elizabeth Technical High, who was second in her 400m preliminary round race, advanced to the semi-finals.

They are among seven athletes from western Jamaica who are part of the Jamaican team that is expected to challenge for the lead in the medal table on Sunday's final day of the six- day championships.

Before limping off the track, Foote ran 2 minutes 07.75 seconds for fourth place in her heat, but 13th best overall in the 800m.

Earlier in the week, Foote, who won the National Junior Championships at the National Stadium three weeks ago, told the Jamaica Observer West, that she has eyes on making it to the final in the 800m, set for today.

Williams ran a season's best 52.71 seconds for second in her heat of the one-lap race, and looks well set for today's final, as well.

Leonardo Ledgister of St Elizabeth Technical will start the 400m hurdles today. Okera Myrie of Petersfield will start her 200m quest tomorrow, on the same day Cornwall College's Owayne Owens will start his triple jump campaign two days after his delayed arrival in the country.

Former Rusea's High athlete Lamara Distin will take part in the high jump qualifying tomorrow, while former Mt Alvernia High sprinter Kemba Nelson is expected to be part of the women's relay team that runs in the 4x100m qualifier, also set for tomorrow.

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