KINGSTON, Jamaica (March 29) – Bouwahjgie Nkrumie, the standout sprinter from Kingston College, made a statement on Wednesday night by shattering the Champs 2023 Boys 100m record in his semi-final heat. Clocking in at an impressive 10.08 seconds (-1.1m/s), Nkrumie broke the previous record of 10.12 seconds set in 2014 by former Kingston College sprinter Zharnel Hughes, who has gone to win medals at the World and European Championships.
Nkrumie, who holds the Jamaica national junior record with a personal best of 10.02 seconds, is now aiming to break the sub-10 second barrier in the final. Read more: Bouwahjgie Nkrumie sets sights on sub-10 second 100m at Champs 2023?
In the Class One boys’ 100m semi-finals, Deandre Daley of Herbert Morrison also secured a spot in the final with a personal best time of 10.21 seconds to finish behind Nkrumie in the first semi-final. Jaiden Reid of Jamaica College was also in great form, clocking a personal best of 10.24 to win the second semis.
Reid and Cole Set the Pace in Class One Girls’ 100m Semi-Finals
In the Class One girls’ 100m semi-finals, Hydel High’s Alana Reid and Serena Cole of Edwin Allen High emerged as the gold medal favorites heading into the final.
Reid posted the fastest time of 11.16 seconds, while Cole clocked 11.17 seconds for the second-fastest time. Both athletes are expected to put on a show in the final and compete for the gold medal and possibly the event record of 11.13 seconds, set by Veronica Campbell-Brown in 2001.
The Class Two boys’ 100m will feature Tramaine Todd of STETHS, who led the way with a time of 10.51 seconds. Meanwhile, Abigail Wolfe of Holy Childhood High set the pace in Class Two for the girls, clocking 11.59 seconds. In the Class Three girls’ 100m, Theianna-Lee Terrelonge of Edwin Allen High led the way with a time of 11.63 seconds.
The finals of the boys and girls 100m finals for all classes will take place later tonight.