Today’s Races in London! Will there be more Upsets?

Today’s Schedule:

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Women’s 200m SemiFinal

We have 3 Jamaicans in the Semis but I believe only Simone Facey has a chance of advancing to the Final.

This is another very competitive event, even with Torie Bowie out of it. The ladies to look out for are Dafne Schippers and Marie Josee Ta Lou. If Shaunae Miller-Uibo didn’t injure herself in the 400m Final and her legs still have the energy, she is likely to come back with determination since she missed out on the podium for the 400m. She has the fastest time of the season (21.91) amongst who is left, since Bowie who had a SB of 21.77 is out.

I won’t even attempt to make any predictions as to the placement on the podium based on how things have been going in London. Note however, that even though Dafne Schippers has a SB of 22.10, she has a PB of 21.63 and does not like to lose. She is an extremely sore loser. I see her grasping at the opportunity for Gold with Bowie and her rival, Elaine out of the 200m.

On the other hand, Ta Lou is such a free spirit with nothing to lose and everything to gain. She reminds me of our Pocket Rocket, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

Who can spoil the party?

The American, Deajah Stevens.

Can’t wait for the Semis and the Final tomorrow at 3:50pm!

Women’s 400m Hurdles Final

This Final is another toss up as the Americans including the RIO Olympic champ, Dalilah Muhammad, may be out of shape. Defending World Champ, Zuzana Hejnová of Czech Republic has been looking good though.

Look out for our Ristananna Tracey. Can she get another Bronze for Jamaica? We need it.

Here is the line up!

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Men’s 200m Final

This race is stacked! It’s anybody’s game. Wayde Van Niekerk looked tired in the Semis, struggling to finish 3rd and qualified as a fastest loser, but he didn’t look impressive in the 400m Semis either. I won’t be counting him out. Hoping for good weather!

From what I know so far, Makwala will be running out of Lane 6 and Van Niekerk will be running out of Lane 3.

The Schedule for the rest of the Championships!

I’m not expecting any medals for Jamaica from the Women’s 100m Hurdles but I am hoping with the Relays we can come home with at least 5 medals.

The RELAYS

It is too early to tell but we all know with Relays anything can happen. Team USA and others are in better shape than Team Jamaica in terms of speed, but we are hoping that our athletes put out their best and also execute smooth baton exchanges! Expecting a good performance from our 4×400m Women!

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Good luck Jamaica! Stay tuned!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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