Jamaica’s Jonielle Smith and Trinidad and Tobago’s Khalifa St. Fort are headed for a clash in the finals of the Women’s 100m at the CAC Games in Colombia.
On Sunday night, both won their respective semi-final heats to book places in the finals set for Monday night at 8:30 pm.
Smith, who recently produced a personal best 11.07s at the Diamond League meeting in London, ran a controlled race to win 11.22 seconds ahead of Marileidy Paulino of Dominica who was second in a personal best 11.39s. Shenel Crooke (11.52) was third and also advanced to the final.
Tahesia Harrigan Scott of the Virgin Islands (11.57) advanced as one of the fastest losers.
She said afterwards that she believes she has a good shot at winning the final, adding that she desperately wants to win the gold medal at this her first CAC Games. “I want it pretty bad. It’s my first individual senior team so I think (winning) will be a big confidence boost for me. It would mean a whole lot to me,” she said.
To win the gold medal, Smith will have to contend with TT’s rising star St. Fort, who will also be hunting a senior medal at the Games as she continues her transition from the junior ranks. The Trinidadian starlet won her semi in 11.31s ahead of Venezuela’s Andrea Purica Guevara (11.35) and Jamaica’s Jura Levy (11.47).
Yasmin Woodruff Washington of Panama (11.60) is also through to the final.
Earlier, in the Women’s 400m hurdles, Jamaica Rushell Clayton won semi-final one in 55.45 while Ronda Whyte won semifinal two in 55.77 to advance to the final. Also through is TT’s medal prospect Sparkle McKnight (56.41).
Source: Leighton Levy