TAMPERE, Finland — World-leader Twanisha Terry of the USA will aim to progress to the final of the women’s 100m at the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships when she runs in semi-final heat 1 on Thursday’s Day 3.
Terry leads the World U20 category with a personal best time of 10.99 seconds and looked very comfortable when winning her heat on Wednesday in 11.37 secs.
The American champion and 19-year-old will take on Keshia Kwadwo of Germany and Ireland’s Gina Akpe-Moses in her semi-final, with the top two progressing to the final.
Another very strong gold medal contender, Jamaica’s Briana Williams, will race from semi-final heat 2 and she too is expected to advance to the medal race later in the evening session.
Williams was the quickest from the heats and seemed in control when clocking 11.28 on Wednesday.
The 16-year-old admitted that she didn’t expect to run so fast in the first round, but was encouraged by the performance.
Williams, who is coached by multi Olympic and World medalist Ato Boldon from Trinidad and Tobago, has a personal and season’s best of 11.13 seconds.
Daija Lampkin of USA is the favourite to advance from the third semi-final.
She comfortably won her heat in 11.44 seconds and is confident about going much faster.
Great Britain’s Kristal Awuah could challenge the American, though, after she impressed with an 11.35 personal best in the first round.
The first two finishers in each heat will advance automatically to the final, while the next two fastest non-automatic qualifiers will also move on.
The semi-finals of the women’s 100m are set for 6:00 pm local time (11:00 am ET), while the final will conclude Day 3 at 2:15 pm ET.