Barbadian sprinter Mario Burke finished third in the 100 meters final at the World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, today.
Burke crossed the line in what was a tight finish in 10.26 seconds behind American Noah Lyles in 10.17 and Italian Fillipo Tortu in 10.24. Burke had ran 10.34 in the semi-final earlier in the day to move on to the final. Fellow sprinter Jaquone Hoyte did not make it to the final crossing the line in his semi-final in 10.73 seconds.
Hurdler Michael Nichols advanced to tomorrow’s finals of the men’s 110 meters hurdles running a personal best time of 13.42 seconds. Female sprinter Tristan Evelyn easily qualified for the semi-finals of the women’s 100 meters after posting a time of 11.81 seconds in her preliminary race.
Meanwhile Trinidad and Tobago’s sprint sensation Khalifa St. Fort, who is coached by NBC broadcaster/analyst Ato Boldon, was the fastest female Caribbean sprinter through to the semi-finals of the 100 metres having clocked a comfortable 11.50s in her heat. St. Fort’s compatriot Jenea Spinks was also through in 11.66 as well as Jamaica’s Vanessa Pusey who was timed in 11.60s. Pusey’s teammate Patrice Moody (12.02) however, failed advance.
In the 400 metres, Jamaica’s Christopher Taylor was easily into the semi-final round with an easy 46.93 run. He was joined by compatriot Sean Bailey who ran 46.83. Jamal Walton of the Cayman Islands also made it through in 46.83 along with Luis Charles of the Dominican Republic (47.09).
In the 110 metres hurdles Jamaicans Dejour Russell (13.83) and Damion Thomas (13.48) as well as Tavonte Mott of the Bahamas (13.89) also made it into the semi-final round.
In the field, Jamaica’s Jordan Scott’s best mark of 15.99m in the triple jump saw him advance to the finals while female shot putter Janelle Fullerton made the final with a toss of 14.33 metres. Chelsea James of Trinidad and Tobago (13.72m) also made it through.