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Gittens moving on in IAAF World Championships

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Gittens moving on in IAAF World Championships

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RAMON GITTENS is moving on, although the same can’t be said of his fellow Bajan sprinters.
Quarter-miler Sade Sealy and 100-metre runner Andrew Hinds bowed out of the IAAF World Championships today after failing to advance from their respective first-round heats in Moscow, Russia.
Gittens proved Barbados’ shining light on the track after clocking a respectable 10.19 seconds to finish third in heat seven of the men’s 100 metres.
World record holder and Olympic champ Usain Bolt won the heat in 10.07 seconds while South African Anaso Jobodwana (10.17) was second.
Gittens will face Bolt again today at 11:21 a.m. in the third heat of the semi-finals which also includes the Netherlands’ Churandy Martina and American Mike Rogers.
But the competition is over for Sealy, who disappointingly finished last in her 400 heat with a time of 55.45 seconds – well off her personal best of 52.01.
Hinds was also far from his best after clocking a pedestrian 10.38 seconds to finish fifth in heat three. Jamaican Nesta Carter won the heat in 10.11 seconds, while Martina (10.17) and Gavin Smellie (10.30) of Canada advanced after placing second and third respectively.
Former World Champion Ryan Brathwaite and Greggmar Swift will be in action at approximately 1:40 p.m. when they contest the opening rounds of the men’s 110 metres hurdles.
Brathwaite will be first up in a very competitive heat one that features Olympic bronze medallist Hansle Parchment of Jamaica and defending World Champion Jason Richardson.
Swift is set to contest the fourth and final heat against the likes of American David Oliver, who comes in with the season’s fastest time at 13.03 seconds, and Andrew Riley of Jamaica.