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Brahe-Pedersen runs 11.01w, tops women’s 100m semifinals at 2023 NACAC U23 Championships

American sprinter Mia Brahe-Pedersen sets the pace in women's 100m semifinals at the 2023 NACAC U23 Championships, with Leclair and DeFreitas also qualifying for the final.

Mia Brahe-Pedersen at the Nike Outdoor Championships
Mia Brahe-Pedersen at the Nike Outdoor Championships. Photo by Becky Holbrook

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (July 21) – USA’s rising sprint sensation, Mia Brahe-Pedersen, began her quest for a sprint double at the 2023 NACAC U23 Championships, securing her spot in the final of the women’s 100m dash with a dazzling time of 11.01 seconds. Assisted by a strong tailwind of +5.5 m/s, Brahe-Pedersen dominated her heat, cementing her position as the fastest qualifier on Friday.

As the pre-race favorite, Brahe-Pedersen’s performance came remarkably close to her personal best of 11.00 seconds, although it was noted that the favorable tailwind provided some assistance.

In the same heat, Marie-Éloïse Leclair of Canada displayed a commendable performance, finishing second with a time of 11.35 seconds, securing her place in the final. Beyonce DeFreitas from the British Virgin Islands also earned her spot in the final, clocking a respectable time of 11.37 seconds for third place.

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In the second semifinal heat, Leah Bertrand from Trinidad and Tobago emerged victorious with a time of 11.36 seconds, aided by a 2.1 m/s tailwind.

The Ohio State sprinter showcased her prowess, crossing the finish line ahead of Camille Rutherford from The Bahamas, who achieved a time of 11.43 seconds, earning her second place.

Ashantai Bollers secured third place with a time of 11.70 seconds, ensuring her progression to the final as well.

2023 NACAC U23 Championships – Women’s 100m Semifinals

Heat 1:

1Mia Brahe-PedersenUnited States11.01+5.5
2Marie-Eloise LeclairCanada11.35+5.5
3Beyonce DefreitasBritish Virgin Islands11.37+5.5
4Mariandree Chacón ArocheGuatemala11.48+5.5
5Taejha BadalTrinidad And Tobago11.65+5.5
Tania Del Mar Alfaro DelgadoCosta RicaDNS0

Heat 2:

1Leah BertrandTrinidad And Tobago11.36+2.1
2Camille RutherfordBahamas11.43+2.1
3Ashantai BollersCanada11.70+2.1
4Gladymar Torres CrespoPuerto Rico11.77+2.1
5Ivanniz May Blackwood BennettCosta Rica12.44+2.1
Gary Smith is one of the leading writers for He has over 20 years of running experience, as well as 12 years of coaching while covering several events, from the international to college level. Smith, who has covered events for publications such as Caribbean Net News, European Athletics, Cayman Net News, AFP, and Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), is also a frequent contributor of and Smith holds a degree in Communication and Journalism. Twitter | LinkedIn | News Break Writer

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