Shane Brathwaite (Picture courtesy Barbados Olympic Association)
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LONDON – Barbadian Shane Brathwaite is through to the finals of the men’s 110 metres hurdles at the IAAF World Athletics Championships.
Earlier today, Brathwaite won the second of three semi-finals in a season’s best 13.26 seconds.
He will line up in lane 7 at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow for the final.
Jamaica’s reigning Olympic champion Omar McLeod and former Olympic bronze medallist Hansle Parchment are also in the final, drawn in lanes four and eight, respectively.
Brathwaite had clocked 13.39 in the opening round to comfortably advance, but it was the finish in the semi-finals which put him ahead of a tight field.
Results of Heat 2
Meanwhile, American Tori Bowie snatched the women’s 100 metres from Marie-Josee Ta Lou on the line to win gold.
Ta Lou looked set to win Ivory Coast’s first world title in any event as she pulled away from the field and Olympic silver medallist Bowie appeared to be out of contention at the halfway mark.
But the big-striding American made up a huge amount of ground and timed her dip perfectly to win in 10.85 seconds, one hundredth of a second ahead of Ta Lou.
Olympic champion and favourite Elaine Thompson of Jamaica finished out of the medals in fifth as Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers took bronze in 10.90.
Nafi Thiam of Belgium eased her way to heptathlon gold to go with the Olympic title she claimed in Rio last year.
The Belgian went into the final event, the 800 metres, with a 172-point lead over Germany’s Carolin Schafer – roughly 12 seconds on the track in the London Stadium.
That meant Thiam could take it relatively easy and that is exactly what she did. (Reuters/SAT)