McPherson fourth at World Indoors
PORTLAND: Stephenie Ann McPherson was clearly exasperated as she failed to give Jamaica a second medal late on day two of the International Association of Athletics Federations World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Centre, here yesterday. McPherson having advanced to the final of the women’s 400m was in good form after one lap. However with three other athletes in a bunch up front she could not find space to pass and finished in fourth in 52.20 seconds, behind Bahrain’s Oluwakemi Odekoya who won in an Asian indoor record 51.45. United States’ Ashley Spencer and Quanera Hayes clocked 51.72 and 51.76 in second and third, respectively. “I was supposed to run the first 200m in 24 seconds and just use that same pace to 300m and then just run home but unfortunately I couldn’t do that I was locked in,” McPherson said. Asafa Powell had won Jamaica’s first silver on Friday after posting 6.50 seconds for second in the men’s 60m. Meanwhile, Shanieka Thomas finished eighth in the women’s triple jump with a season’s best distance of 13.95 metres. The event was won by Winner Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela with a best of 14.41m. Earlier Elaine Thompson advanced to the final of the women’s 60m with the fastest qualifying time of 7.04 seconds. Running in semi-final three alongside world 200m champion Dafne Schippers, Thompson bolted to victory and was full of confidence heading into last night’s final. It was the second time Thompson had improved on her personal best in the day as she posted 7.09 seconds to win heat one earlier. “I just came here to execute and that’s what I did. Once my start is good I know I can take it from there and that’s what I did,” she said. Simone Facey advanced to the semi-finals after finishing second in heat three in 7.20 but was down the track in the semi-final in 7.21. Natoya Goule started well and ran the first 300m in a competitive position in heat three of the women’s 800m, but faltered in the final lap and finished last in 2:08.23. Omar McLeod and the relay teams will try to add to Jamaica’s medal tally today. McLeod had easy run as he pulled away from the pack to win the second heat of the men’s 60m hurdles in 7.58 seconds ahead of Cuba’s Yordan O’Farrill in 7.69 to advance to the semi-finals later today.