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Issam Asinga cruises into 200m final at South American Athletics Outdoor Championships

Issam Asinga cruises into 200m final at South American Athletics Outdoor Championships 2023 on Sunday with a time of 20.63 seconds and he is expected to go much faster in the final.

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Issam Asinga wins the 100m at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor 2023

(JULY 30) — Young sprint sensation Issam Asinga put on an impressive performance at the 2023 South American Athletics Outdoor Championships on Sunday (30), securing a spot in the men’s 200m final. Just two days after breaking the World U20m record in the 100m with 9.89 secs, Asinga breezed through the semifinals with a relaxed time of 20.63 seconds in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

At only 18 years old, Asinga, hailing from Suriname, is considered the favorite to achieve a sprint double this weekend. His eyes are also set on the upcoming World Athletics Championships in Budapest next month. Excited fans can catch all the action of the South American Athletics Outdoor Championships 2023 live on the Time Brasil YouTube Channel, completely free.

Issam Asinga Hunting For Sprint Double

Having set a personal and season-best time of 19.97 seconds back in April in Lubbock, Texas, Asinga is in great form and may even surpass that time in today’s final. He expected to be pushed by stiff competition from a strong field of athletes, all aiming for the coveted gold medal.

Issam Asinga wins 100m at the 2023 South American Athletics Outdoor Championships. He set a World U20 record
Issam Asinga wins 100m at the 2023 South American Athletics Outdoor Championships

Among those who secured their places in the final are Paraquay’s Cesar Almiron Escobar, who clocked 20.66 seconds in the first semifinal, along with Colombia’s Oscar Manuel Baltan (20.86 secs) and Ecuador’s Katriel Angulo (20.98 secs).

The second semifinal was won by Panama’s Alonso Edward, a world silver medalist from 2009, who blazed through with a time of 20.57 seconds. His impressive performance made him the fastest qualifier for the final.

Brazil’s Jorge da Costa Vides finished second in the heat, clocking 20.66 seconds, followed by Colombia’s Carlos Andres Palacios Murillo (20.80) and Argentina’s Ciampitti Juan Ignacio (20.92).

In the 2019 South American Athletics Outdoor Championships, Colombia’s Bernardo Baloyes set the 200m championship record with a time of 20.42 seconds. Issam Asinga is determined to break that record and improve his personal best with another sub-20 seconds performance in the final.

The men’s 200m final is scheduled for 14:30 local time or 1:30 p.m. ET. Spectators are in for an exciting display in the medal race, with a very talented rising star going for another senior title.

Results of the 200m semifinals

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