2 hit World ‘B’ mark
Olympian Shane Brathwaite and Kierre Beckles have both posted “B” qualifying standards for the 2013 IAAF World Championships which will be held from August 10 to 18 in Moscow.
At the recent Texas Relays, Brathwaite, who is now sponsored by Adidas after turning pro, clocked 13.46 seconds in the men’s 110 metres hurdles. He was second behind Andrew Riley, of OTM, who did 13.44 seconds and ahead of Double Pillar’s Logan Taylor whose time was 13.89 seconds.
The “B” standard for the World Championships is 13.50 seconds and he was just off the “A” mark of 13.40 seconds.
Brathwaite, who competed at the 2012 London Olympic Games, has also qualified for the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Senior Championships which will be held in Trinidad and Tobago from July 10 to 14.
The CAC standard is 13.80 seconds.
Beckles, who had a slew of wind-aided times last year which cost her a place on the Olympic team, opened with 13.16 seconds in Miami, but last weekend at the Raleigh Relays, won the women’s hurdles in a legal “B” time of 13.09 seconds. She will need to dip under 13 seconds to reach the “A” standard of 12.94, but has surpassed the CAC mark of 13.90.
Brathwaite won gold and Beckles silver at last year’s regional Under-23 championships.
Beckles is one of three female sprint hurdles who have qualified for CAC. Former CARIFTA Games gold medallist Sade-Mariah Greenidge has a time of 13.70 seconds done last month at the TSU Relays, and also has wind-aided times of 13.59 and 13.43 seconds.
Richelle Farley is the other qualifier with a time of 13.74 seconds done at the ASU Invitational.
Sade Sealy, of Illinois State, was the first to qualify with a time of 53.43 seconds at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships in the 400 metres.
Missouri State’s Althia Maximilien booked her place in the 400 metres with a 53.06 seconds, just off her personal best (53.07) in qualifying for the recent NCAA indoor championships. She followed that up with 53.33 seconds, all under the required standard of 53.5 seconds.
CARIFTA Under-20 girls’ gold medallist Akela Jones has also qualified with 6.26 metres in the women’s long jump.
The final qualifier is Anthonio Mascoll, of South Plains College, who won the national junior college indoor 800 metres titles with a time of one minute 49.35 seconds, slightly under the asking time of 1:50.
Missing out by splits was St Augustine’s Burkheart Ellis who did 20.96 seconds in the men’s 200 metres. The qualifying time is 20.9 seconds flat. (SAT)