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Belle and Ellis Jr out of running at World Champs

SHERRYLYN TOPPIN, [email protected]

Belle and Ellis Jr out of running at World Champs

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BURKHEART ELLIS JR and Tia-Adana Belle both missed the cut in their respective events at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in London.

Ellis Jr was seventh in his 200 metres heat in 20.99 seconds while Belle was timed at 58.82 in the women’s 400m hurdles, also seventh.

In the absence of Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake (20.39) and Rasheed Dwyer (20.49) are flying the Jamaican flag in the event, but it is Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richards who has the fastest qualifying time of 20.05 seconds.

His compatriot Kyle Greaux also advanced with a time of 20.48, as did Guyana’s Winston George with 20.61.

But missing the cut were Bahamian Teray Smith 20.77 and former Olympic bronze medallist and World Championship silver medallist Warren Weir with 20.60.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Sparkle McKnight advanced in the women’s 400m hurdles with a season’s best 55.46, joining Jamaicans Ristananna Tracey (54.92), Leah Nugent (56.16) and Rhonda Whyte (55.18). (SAT)