Shocker! Antonio Watson smashes strong field to make 400m final

AUGUST 23, 2023  -Jamaica’s new quarter-mile sensation Antonio Watson created the shock of the 19th World Athletics Championships thus far when he scorched a crack field to book a place in Thursday’s final of the men’s 400m final.

The 21-year-old won semi-final one in a new personal best 44.13 seconds to defeat American Vernon Norwood in a personal best 44.26 seconds, and World Record holder, South African Wayde Van Niekerk who had to survive qualifying room before advancing as the fastest loser with his 44.65 seconds.

Waton’s third personal best of the year…

It was the third time this year that Watson had better his personal best, having 44.75 seconds at the Racers Grand Prix on June 3, before lowering it to 44.54 seconds at the Jamaican Championships on July 9, before yesterday’s outstanding performance.

The Glen Mills-coached World Youth Champion rendered Trinidad and Tobago’s Jareem Richards, who was fourth in 44.76 seconds, and St Lucia’s Michael Joseph in 45.50 seconds.

Kirani James (44.58 seconds) of Grenada had to settle for second place in semi-final two behind Great Britain’s Matthew Hudson-Smith who established an Area Record of 44.26 seconds.

Jamaica’s Zandrion Barnes, running out of the wide lane, was sixth in 45.38 seconds.

National Champion Sean Bailey was second in semi-final three in 44.94 seconds in an eventful event in which world leader Steven Gardiner of The Bahamas pulled up injured after leading in to the home straight.

Botswana’s Bayapo NDori also fell to the track in agony after the first 100m.

Jamaica Strong: Women’s 400m hurdles

All three Jamaican women advanced to Thursday’s final of the women’s 400m hurdles.

Rushell Clayton won semi-final one in a personal best 53.30 seconds, Andrenette Knight ran 53.72 seconds for second place behind The Netherlands’ Femke Bol, who cruised to 52.95 seconds in semi-final two.

The 23-year-old looks the overwhelming favourite to land gold on Thursday night, while Jamaica’s Janieve Russell finished third in semi-final three in 53.69 seconds but advanced as the fastest loser.

American Shamier Little ran a season best 52.81 seconds for the win.

Another Jamaican Sweep: Women’s 100m hurdles

All three Jamaican ladies also advanced to the semi-finals of the 100m hurdles.

Ackera Nugent won heat one in 12.60 seconds, 2015 World Champion Danielle Williams finished third in heat three in a season best 12.51 seconds behind the USA’s Kendra Harrison who ran a superfast World Leading 12.24 seconds, and Devynne Charlton of The Bahamas with a National Record 12,44 seconds.

The other Jamaican, Megan Tapper, the bronze medallist from the 2021 Japan Tokyo Olympics, was second in heat five in 12.51 seconds behind World Record holder, Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan in 12.48 seconds.

Reigning Olympic Games gold medallist Jasmine Camacho-Quinn was first in heat four in 12.50 seconds.

America takes the Women’s Discus Throw

Cuba’s Salinda Morales was 11th with 62.31m in the women’s discus throw in an event won by American Laulauga Tausaga with a personal best 69.49m. Teammate Valarie Allman was second with 69.23m.

Men’s 800m Heats – Jamaica’s Anderson disqualified

Navasky Anderson of Jamaica finished outside the top four in the men’s 800m heats. HE was later disqualified from the event, while Handal Roban of St Vincent and The Grenadines was seventh in heat six in 1:46.86 minutes.

Men’s High Jump — Italy Wins & Qatar Dethroned

Cuba’s Luis Zayas was fourth in the men’s high jump with a personal best 2.33m, the same height as dethroned champion Mutaz Barshim of Qatar who was third.

Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi took the gold medal with a World Leading 2.36m, the same height as silver medallist, American JaVaughn Harrison.

Day 5 of World Athletics Championships continues

Competition continues on Wednesday with both morning and evening sessions. It will be highlighted by the finals of the women’s 400m and the men’s 400m hurdles.

The men’s and women’s 200m and the women’s 800m heats are also down to be decided.

Here is the full schedule converted to US time and recognizing all Caribbean competitors.

You can also stay updated on via our Live Updates on all things Caribbean during our time in Budapest.

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