Veronica Campbell-Brown leads four Caribbean women into the final of the 200m, set for Friday’s 7th day of the 14th World Athletics Championships.
Campbell-Brown, running out of lane four with American rival Allyson Felix in front, ran a strong curve to take semi-final 3 in 22.53 against a strong negative 1.8m/s wind. Felix secured the second automatic spot 22.67.
In semi-final one, Sherone Simpson was comfortable for second in 22.88 behind American Carmelita Jeter (22.47), the wind here was negative 0.7m/s.
Simpson commented on her performance: “I am comfortable, happy I was in top two, looking forward to the final tomorrow.”
“I am confident (going into the final),” Simpson said while adding “once I execute my race properly I will be happy after the final.”
However, semi-final two produced four of the eight finalists and most importantly two from the Caribbean, Jamaican Kerron Stewart (22.77), who was second behind American Shalonda Solomon (22.46) and Bahamian Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (22.85).
Ferguson-McKenzie, who said for a split second she thought she missed out on the final for the first time at this level, but was glad to see the final result with her name in the top eight.
“I live to fight the battle another day,” said Ferguson-McKenzie, who is at her 13th World Championships.