Goule second-fastest into semi-finals

By September 27, 2019
From left: Jamaica's Natoya Goule, Noelie Yarigo of Benin, Ce'Aira Brown of the United States and Olha Lyakhova of Ukraine, compete during the women's 800 meters heats at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. From left: Jamaica's Natoya Goule, Noelie Yarigo of Benin, Ce'Aira Brown of the United States and Olha Lyakhova of Ukraine, compete during the women's 800 meters heats at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. AP Photo/Petr David Josek

Jamaica’s Natoya Goule was the second quickest athlete into the semi-finals of the women’s 800 metres in Doha, Qatar. 

Goule won heat four in 2:01.01 seconds, getting the better of the United States’ Ce'Aira Brown, who also qualified in 2:01.14 seconds.

There were five qualifiers from Goule’s heat with Benin’s Noélie Yarigo (2:01.19), qualifying automatically with her third place finish and Ukraine’s Olha Lyakhova (2:01.47) and Ethiopia’s Diribe Welteji (2:02.71) made it as two of the six fastest losers.

Firm favourite, the United States’ Ajee Wilson was also an easy qualifier, strolling to 2:02.10 seconds in a slowish race where only the top three would make the cut.

Wilson was joined by Uganda’s Halimah Nakaayi (2:02.33) and Norway’s Hedda Hynne (2:02.49).

Another potential winner of this event, the United States’ Raevyn Rogers, also won her heat, clocking 2:02.01 seconds to finish ahead of Great Britain’s Shelayna Oskan-Clarke (2:02.09) and Australia’s Morgan Mitchell (2:02.13). The fastest losers from that heat also qualified with Kenya’s Eunice Jepkoech Sum finishing in 2:02.17 and Poland’s Anna Sabat, 2:02.43.

Also through to the final are Ukraine’s Nataliya Prishchepa, who won heat five in 2:03.22 seconds. She was joined by China’s Chunyu Wang (2:03.25) and Great Britain’s Alexandra Bell (2:03.34).

France’s Renelle Lamote (2:03.36) won the final heat to take her place, along with Cuba’s mary Almanza (2:03.42) and Morroco’s Rababe Arafi (2:03.44)

Fastest of all though, was Uganda’s Winnie Nanyondo, who, running in heat three, stopped the clock at 2:00.36 to drag two of the six fastest non-automatic qualifiers through to the semi-finals with her.

Germany’s Katharina Trost qualified second from the heat, clocking 2:01.45, while Morroco’s Halima Hachlaf was third in 2:01.50.

Canada’s Lindsey Butterworth (2:02.50) and latvia’s Līga Velvere (2:02.93) were the non-automatic qualifiers.

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